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First Look: 2012 Infiniti M35h

Japanese luxury brand’s first hybrid set for early ’11 launch.

by on Nov.19, 2010

Infiniti's first hybrid, the M35h, launches in early 2011 as a 2012 model.

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.

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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.)