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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Making its public debut here at the LA Auto Show is the first production hybrid sedan from Infiniti, the M35h. Set to hit dealerships in the spring of 2011, the M Hybrid uses a parallel hybrid system combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

When paired with a 50-kilowatt electric motor, the M35h's 3.5-liter V6 is estimated to produce a stout 360 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. What's more, the electric motor produces an additional 199 lb-ft of twist off the line for acceleration, and we're told that the sedan can travel up to 62 miles per hour on electric power alone.

Official fuel economy figures are not available as of this writing, but Infiniti expects the M Hybrid to achieve 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (27 combined). Sure, that might sound impressive, but for the sake of comparison, we'd like to direct your attention to the new 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 from Hyundai, which is estimated to net 26 mpg highway with a whopping 429 hp on tap. Just sayin'.

The M Hybrid does come standard with a laundry list of technological features, such as Active Noise Control and an audible pedestrian warning system for times when the car is silently cruising in electric mode. On top of that, the usual host of functions like navigation, Bluetooth and satellite radio are all on hand – this is a top-tier Infiniti, after all.

Follow the jump for the full details in the automaker's press release, and click through our galleries of live and stock shots to see the new M Hybrid from all angles.


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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Debuts at L.A. Auto Show – Only Vehicle to Offer More Than 350 Horsepower and 30 MPG

Infiniti's First Hybrid Sedan Delivers V8 Power and 4-Cylinder Fuel Economy, Set to Go On Sale At Infiniti Retailers Nationwide in Spring 2011


Infiniti today unveiled its first production hybrid performance luxury sedan, the all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h, during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Infiniti Hybrid, which is set to launch at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2011, stands to break new ground as the first true luxury performance "driver's" hybrid – and the only vehicle to offer more than 350 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon fuel economy (estimated Highway mpg, official EPA figures not available at press time).

Speaking at the North American unveiling, Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore stated, "Simply put, the Infiniti M Hybrid will be the most advanced performance luxury sedan hybrid in the market, delivering V8 power and 4-cylinder fuel efficiency."

The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid will be on display at the Los Angeles Convention Center, along with the complete line of 2011 Infiniti vehicles, from Friday, Nov. 19th through Sunday, Nov. 28th.

The Infiniti M35h features the all-new Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ system, an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that combines precise, high-speed motor control technology, which, enabled by the powerful Lithium-ion battery, allows power to be delivered directly to the vehicle's 7-speed automatic transmission. The system also utilizes an innovative Hybrid Electric Power Steering system and Electric Driven Intelligent Brake regenerative braking system, both which help conserve energy and provide a natural, enjoyable driving feel.

The Infiniti M Hybrid's exhilarating driving performance also greatly benefits from use of Infiniti's proven 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, which paired with the 50 kW electric motor, provides a hybrid system net power of 360 horsepower.

Torque figures are equally impressive, with the V6's 258 lb-ft of toque combining with the electric motor's immediately available 199 lb-ft of torque to provide strong performance. The result is a vehicle that first and foremost delivers a refined driving experience, along with expected best-in-class Combined fuel economy (estimated fuel economy 30 mpg Highway, 25 mpg City and 27 mpg Combined).

In addition, the new Infiniti M35h can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph and can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.2 miles at a time. Tests have shown that in mixed diving, the Infiniti M35h is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time. And, with its compact hybrid system design, the new Infiniti M35h also delivers uncompromised interior space and competitive trunk space.

The M35h also embraces the essence of all things Infiniti – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology. The Infiniti M's dramatic, sports styling is matched with a roomy, comfortable interior environment featuring standard leather-appointed seating, Japanese Ash wood trim or available silver powdered genuine White Ash wood trim, and available premium audio and climate control systems.

Standard M35h features include Active Noise Control, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and power sliding glass tinted moonroof. The Infiniti M Hybrid is also available with advanced technology features, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI), Forest Air® system, Active Trace Control, and Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System.

Also at the auto show, Infiniti was named by the Automotive Lease Guide as the "Best Luxury Brand" in their 12th annual ALG Residual Value Awards for having the best resale value of any luxury brand in America. The 2011 Infiniti QX56 was named "Best Luxury Fullsize Utility" vehicle.

"Within the last year, we've completely redesigned or enhanced 80% of our line-up. Since launch, the all-new 2011 Infiniti M and Infiniti QX are experiencing tremendous sales growth, with increases of more than 100% and nearly 200% respectively," Poore added. "It's an exciting time for Infiniti."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      2001 Hyundai Tiburon. Just sayin'...

      I think they need to kill the M all together. The last generation tried to be a superior G, and failed. Two generations ago I thought it a had some merit, but it never caught on with the retro look. Bring back the Q!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The highway number is meaningless when most cars struggle to even hit the city rating in today's crowded driving environment. There is no 360hp vehicle that gets 25mpg city, which is a very impressive rating. Comparing it to V8's that would be lucky to get 15mpg driving around in the city is just silly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is just not pretty. But then again, a lot of cars aren't anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think its a huge improvement over the previous M body. The hybrid tech sounds pretty nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      "D*** ridin *hyundai* *hyundai*
      now d*** ridin *hyundai hyundai*
      now its ok to ride that d*** because its for hyundai"

      inspiration from
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-Ixtk-_clo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa... it gets more than my 03 inline 4 c class. And it got a much better interior!

      Hmm... it'll be around the price of a Tesla Model S though. Well at least I got options.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Based on looks, I'd go with the Tesla.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hey autoblog, how about directing our attention to the Pontiac G8 GT which gets similar gas mileage from a 6.0 litre V8. Oh, wait, you didn't, that's why no one knows about the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The G8 GT got 25 city/30 highway?

        I love the G8 too, but c'mon now...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive...with 360HP and a combined 457TQ it should be pretty fast. That couple with the already beautiful interior and 30MPG make this one awesome package!

      And FYI Autoblog it was stupid to compare the not even available Hyundai 5.0L to the M35h. The infiniti direct injected 5.6L ALSO nets 26MPG highway but makes significantly more torque and about the same horsepower. And its already available in the M56. The M35h emits SIGNIFICANTLY less emmissions then a comparable gas engine while also achieving superb fuel economy for the class, thats what makes it special.

      I swear autoblogs one of the biggest hyundai fanboy camps...
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the 2011 Mustang GT, which is rated at 26mpg on highway, also makes 412hp and 390 lb.-ft. without direct injection.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't just add peak torque numbers like that. The electric motor is producing 199lb-ft off idle, and then it would drop off very fast as rpm goes up well before the gas engine's peak torque is available.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damnit, can we get something from Infiniti w/ that GT-R engine? ...it's bad enough Nissan is not selling alot of GT-Rs... Spread it around! I say, 2014 Q Coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 3.5L alone does not produce 360hp. That's the combined rating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone else noticing the emergence or should I say reoccurance of a "new" disturbing trend? It seems to be primarily related to hybrids, so far. That is, the use of hybrid nameplates on the front fenders.

      First it was retro style ventiports ala Buick, Cadillac, et.al. Now, Toyota, Nissan, GM (Infiniti and possibly others) are bringing back unnecessary hybrid fender badges. This is very similar to what the Big 3 did when they placed car model nameplates on 3 sides of every car back in the day.

      Most of these cars (including the M) don't have the long proportions of the ancient land yachts to pull it off and it really looks tacky (just like the non-functional Pep-Boys ventiports). Also, how dated will these vehicles appear in about 3-5 years when hybrids are no longer unique? Remember when everyone was slapping ABS badges on just about anything with a trunk?
        • 4 Years Ago
        People deal with RX300s with "VSC" on the side, or cars with "fuel injected" on the back or before that "electronic ignition".

        It's not as big a deal as you make it out to be. Old cars always look dated.
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