Late to the game, Infiniti nonetheless hopes to get off to a good start with the introduction of its first hybrid-electric vehicle, the M35h, which will be the first in the HEV segment to deliver both 30 mpg and more than 350 horsepower.
Delivering both “V8 power and 4-cylinder fuel efficiency,” says Infiniti General Manager Ben Poore, will make the M35h stand out as both “a driver’s car” and a vehicle that sharply curbs fuel consumption.
Designated a 2012 model, and set for launch next spring, the M35h starts with the same basics as Infiniti’s latest M model, the brand’s premier product line. Under the hood is a unique hybrid powertrain developed specifically by parent Nissan. (The Japanese maker’s first hybrid, a version of the Nissan Altima, licensed its basic drive system from Toyota.)