• Oct 7th 2009 at 1:18PM
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2010 Nissan Fuga/Infiniti M35 Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

Looks like Infiniti is getting more serious about taking on Lexus. Back in August we saw the M get "virtually revealed" at Pebble Beach. We've also been following the tale of the upcoming JDM-only new Nissan Fuga, a car which is virtually identical to Infiniti's M. Then of course Inside Line dropped the M-bomb when they published pics of both the M56 and M37x after their secret pre-production test drive. Meaning we know there's going to be a 400+ hp 5.6-liter V8 M56, a VQ engined M37 (with around 330 hp -- as much or more than the V8 in the outgoing M45 makes) and M37x (x = AWD). There's also a diesel M aimed at Europe. But today we learn there is another.

Specifically, there will be a M35 Hybrid. This will be the first hybrid Infiniti and it's aimed squarely at slow selling Lexus GS400h. Infiniti claims that the hybrid parts will "add to" and not "take away from" the driving experience. As such, there's a Nissan-developed single motor and a twin clutch hooked up to the same output shaft as the engine. This should result in an uninterrupted power flow to the transmission no matter which mode the hybrid system is in. There's also a "laminated" lithium-ion battery that not only stores twice as much power as nickel-metal hydride units, but cools more quickly because of the "lamination." Look for the M35 Hybrid to hit dealers around this time next year as a 2012 model, and a full reveal of the car later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show. And now, where's the new Q?

[Source: Nissan]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it that the Japanese are copying Buick styling cues ... with much less success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it going to be a partial hybrid, like the Altima?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one the one who thinks the Interior looks like the Acura TL interior?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai Azera copy. I wish the Japanese would stop copying everyone else and come up with some original designs for once. LOL

      (well, it is a rip-off of the Azera to my eyes).
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I don't agree with your Japanese copying sentiment, I will say that an Azera was the first thing that came to mind (from the A-pillars back).
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do all realize that my "Japanese copying" statement was meant as a joke, right? It was a play on the incessant accusations that Hyundai gets about only copying and never doing anything original. Not only isn't it true, but even to the extent that it is true, they are hardly the first to have been the target of such accusations.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the front, it looks really good

      But the back somewhat does not feel right... too much curves maybe?
        • 5 Years Ago
        so does that mean FUGA stands for..
        F****n Ugly Giant Ass?

        It looks ok, I guess, nothing spectacular.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you like the *front*?!

        it looks like a chipmunk hoarding nuts or something. something with that grill with the curves. or something.

        actually... i know what it is... it reminds me of Oglethorpe from ATHF.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the new look a lot. It keeps a lot of what was good about the old while freshening the dated stuff just enough.
      Also, why isn't it the M37 Hybrid (can the VQ37 not be mated to a hybrid-powertrain battery), and where IS the new Q?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like they pumped a G37 full of botox.

      Still stands out against the snooze-fest Lexi out there, which is good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car is teh secks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Got a ride in the M37 a little while ago. The interior was *superb*. Comfy, nice materials, and not over-designed.

      The sheetmetal looks really good in person, too. A little restrained, but it comes off as muscular/organic as opposed to "why are there creases everywhere?" like a certain Bavarian company.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Ray: it's not that ugly, way better than some other automakers cars, like the Crosstour.
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