2012 Infiniti M35h Overview
Nissan’s first homegrown hybrid system is on display in the all-new Infiniti M35h luxury sedan, which hopes to be the first of many fuel-efficient luxury vehicles in Infiniti’s lineup.
Even though people associate the word hybrid with the word slow, the 2012 M35h is anything but. It features a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine that couples with a 376-volt lithium-ion battery (doubles the power density of Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries) and a 50 kilowatt electric motor to generate a total of 360 horsepower. The M35h sends its power through the rear wheels and comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Drive on electric power all the way up to 62 mph and receive 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is 9/6 mpg city/highway better than the standard M37. The Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system features a one motor, two clutch parallel hybrid powertrain that enables the M35h to go from 0-60 in just under six seconds.
Unlike other hybrids that are completely silent when only the electric motor is running, the 2012 Infiniti M35h borrows a page from the Nissan Leaf by emitting “distinctive synthesized sounds” up to 20 mph so pedestrians aren’t caught unawares by the approaching car. Front fog lights, LED rear brake lights, automatic-on/off high intensity discharge xenon headlights, power-folding, heated outside mirrors, and a power glass moonroof are standard exterior features.
The interior of the M35h is similar to other M models, except for trunk space, which takes a hit because of the lithium-ion battery pack. Leather-appointed seating, steering wheel, and shift knob, Japanese Ash wood trim, 10-way powered driver’s and front passenger’s seats, heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system, active noise control, USB/iPod interface, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a seven-inch color screen are all standard. For the ultimate in premium technology and luxury, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, DVD player, and a hard drive navigation system with eight-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, voice recognition, XM NavTraffic, and NavWeather, are optional.
In terms of safety, the 2012 Infiniti M35h is loaded with several high-tech features such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and blind spot warning systems, which help keep the M35h in its lane and away from potential accidents. Antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, a rearview camera, and a full suite of airbags are other notable safety features.
Blend raw power with exceptional fuel economy and you get the sophisticated and safe all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h.