Due to hit showrooms in the U.S. and Europe next spring, the Infiniti M35h hybrid performance sedan is set to headline the company's stand at the Paris Motor Show just days from now. Dubbed "the driver's hybrid" by Infiniti, the M35h packs a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 302 horses, a 50 kW electric motor integrated into its seven-speed automatic transmission and a 1.3 kWh li-ion battery into the familiar confines of the third-generation M. Infiniti's press release refers to the M35h as, "a high performance V6 sports sedan with a hybrid half that makes motoring with zero tailpipe emissions more pleasurable than ever." With numbers like 0-60 miles per hour is less than 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 155 miles per hour and the ability to reach 50 mph under battery power alone, we'd bet that Infiniti's words are right on track.
The M35h focuses on performance, but its overall efficiency ain't too shabby. Infiniti boasts that the M35h, whether in base or luxury GT trim, has a combined fuel consumption of 7.3 l/100km (32.2 miles per gallon U.S.) and CO2 emissions a touch under 170 g/km (all figures are subject to final testing). Pricing and full specs for the M35h will be announced early next year, but keep your eyes peeled for more details to emerge on the "driver's hybrid" after we hit the ground in Paris. In the meantime, hit up the gallery and take a look at Infiniti's first hybrid. Hat tip to David!