• Mar 23rd 2009 at 8:56AM
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Nissan and Infiniti have been lagging when it comes to bringing gas-electric models to market, with the exception of the Altima Hybrid which relies on a system borrowed from Toyota. According to a report by the Nikkei business daily in Japan, that's set to change when Infiniti begins offering a hybrid version of the M sedan in 2010.

As previewed in August, the system differs from "conventional" hybrids on the market by using advanced lithium-ion batteries that boast more power and quicker recharge times. Additionally, the parallel hybrid system is equipped with one electric motor and two clutches to allow the gas engine and electric motor to drive the rear wheels simultaneously. Acceleration and response is expected to be more performance oriented – previewed in the Essence concept at the Geneva Motor Show – while a trio of driving modes will allow the M to run on electric power at low speeds, a combination of electric and gas propulsion when under load and gas-only when traveling at speed. Direct injection is also rumored for the next generation of models, bringing Infiniti on par – and beyond – its competitors.

[Source: Nikkei via BusinessWeek]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      meh, hybrid-whatever...

      Bring on the VK50-VVEL V8 with Direct Injection into the M-series, and better yet, into the G-series (coupe, at least) as a special sport model.

      DI into the VQ37 with VVEL would be good, too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VK50 with Di does sound enticing, but not in the G37.

        That car is already gaining too much weight.. I understand it gain upwards of 70hp, but even with 390hp or 405 if it gains any more weight it's going to be a 6 series fighter!

        I wouldn't mind them making a nice 6series competitor though. Just not out of the G37!

        My personal request (as a former 350z owner) would be to Di the 3.7 liter and get more TORQUE! 260ish torque isn't enough when the weight gets up this high.

        3.7 liter with 325hp and 300 torque would be very nice. With the Di I hope they can tune it to pull this off! Instead of 345hp and 260 torque.

        I'm not an engine expert by any means, but whenever I see a car with Higher HP and lower torque, it seems to get sooo much worse gas mileage than a non high hp. I know higher hp gets less mpg.. but follow me here..

        Audi V8
        4.2 Liter - 420hp - LOW Torque = 13mpg city
        Mercedes V8
        6.2 Liter - 475HP - High Torque = 13 mpg city.

        Honda Civic Si
        2.0 Liter - 200 hp - LOW Torque - 21mpg city
        Sentra SE-R Spec V
        2.5 Liter - 200hp - HIGHER Torque - 21mpg city.

        I've showed 2 comparable engines that higher higher liter and still get the same mpg with BOADLOADS of more torque and much faster!

        So why do some manufacturers have this infatuation with high hp and no torque? Is it their way of keeping up with the "hp wars"?

        I've driven the S2000, the Si, Sentra SE-R and can tell you, wringing the thing to 7000+ RPMS is a lot of fun.. but its also not fun driving at for any length of time. The SE-R feels like it will run forever! Much more complacent ride and still gives all the same speed.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Red rover, red rover let the VQ25hr come over.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've heard/read this car is supposed to come with a 3.5 L V6. If so, why not the 3.7? That would be even better, IMO, as it gets more power and fuel economy alone (than the 3.5).