• Aug 31st 2010 at 10:58AM
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Infiniti has officially announced plans to debut its first hybrid sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. The M35 hybrid first appeared – badged as the Nissan Fuga hybrid – at last fall's Tokyo Motor Show, propelled by Nissan's first in-house hybrid system. The M35 is powered by a retuned Atkinson cycle version of the 3.5-liter VQ V6 paired with a 50-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack that uses the same type of cells that power the Nissan Leaf.

The motor is a disc-type unit packed between the engine and the six-speed automatic transmission in a similar fashion to the systems from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Porsche. Infiniti claims the M35 will deliver V8 performance with the fuel consumption of a four cylinder. While the Fuga is set to go on sale in Japan this fall, the M35 hybrid arrives in the U.S. next year as a 2012 model.

[Source: Nissan]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks the same as the normal M series, but sounds worth it. To bad its not in AWD trim.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the way it looks. First cool looking infinti in a long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't Honda the canonical pancake-motor hybrid? They did start it with IMA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a lot of details here, but the phrase "power of a V8 with fuel economy of a 4-cylinder" is certainly catchy. Whether it's successful will depend on the M.S.R.P. If the price jump over the regular gasoline version is too steep, buyers will walk away. That's why Lincoln's MKZ pricing of their hybrid was so brilliant (same price as the gasoline version).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a 4-cyl that doesnt even get 4-cyl fuel economy... these claims they make are pretty dumb. Its all marketing BS so people will feel better about buying thier bloated overpriced luxury sedans.

      They already announced this car will get somewhere in the mid-20s mpg. Big deal. Sure, mid-20s is better than a v-12 Benz, or an Escalade. But most regular cars can get that. If someone really cared about fuel economy, there are much better choices. The Camry or Fusion hybrids come to mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't say until the first review of this comes out, but if Nissan delivers on its V8 power/4 cylinder promise, then congratulations to them on a well executed concept.
      • 5 Years Ago

      expected epa:

      It's far too early to know particulars like EPA fuel economy numbers, but Nissan's big brains expect the M Hybrid to virtually replicate the numbers of an autobox-equipped 1.8-liter Versa, which returns 24 and 32 mpg, respectively.

      expected hp:
      "the Infiniti's got 369 combined horsepower"

      Note: this car is waaay heavier than the Versa and insideline review a very early prototype of the M35.
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