The Fuga Hybrid is a landmark vehicle for Nissan. For starters, this gas-electric luxury sedan is the first to employ Nissan's own hybrid tech and not some system borrowed from a competitor. The Fuga Hybrid – sold under the Infiniti M35h name in other markets, including the U.S. – will hit dealer lots next week in Japan and aims to possibly forever change our vision of what a luxury hybrid ought to be.
Priced from 5.78 million yen ($71,500 U.S. at the current exchange rate), the Fuga Hybrid is not likely to steal sales away from the 2.05-million yen ($25,219 U.S.) Toyota Prius, but Nissan clearly has other targets. This gas-electric luxury sedan is the anti-hybrid, it just happens to get a projected 45 miles per gallon rating under Japanese test methods (or approximately 32 mpg combined U.S.). The car goes about its business in a way that will convince buyers that choosing a hybrid doesn't have to involve sacrifice (except at the bank account). The Fuga Hybrid gives up nothing to its gasoline powered siblings, blends in seamlessly with competitive luxury sedans and performs on par with other pavement scorchers in its class. It does all this with such ease that its hybridness all but disappears. That is, until it comes time to fill 'er up. Hit the jump for more technical details on Nissan Fuga Hybrid. Hat tip to lne937s!