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It's official: Infiniti's 2012 M35h Hybrid
is the only vehicle in North America, at least for the time being, to offer 350-plus horsepower and 30-plus miles per gallon on the highway. The M35h has received its official EPA fuel economy rating of 27/32 mpg city/highway, with a combined rating of 29 mpg.
M35h features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine, paired with a 50-kW electric motor that's powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, the gasoline-fueled engine and electric motor crank out 360 horsepower.
The M35h's fuel economy rating compares favorably to that of base M37
model, which sports a 3.7-liter, 330-horsepower V6 and achieves 18/26 mpg city/highway with a combined rating of 21 mpg. Additionally, the M35h's fuel economy trumps the 22/25 mpg city/highway-rated Lexus GS 450h
, a competitive hybrid model.
Pricing for the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid has not been announced. The gas-electric sedan is expected to hit dealer showrooms this spring. Check out the press release after the break
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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Officially Rated at 32 MPG Highway
- Only Vehicle in America to Offer More Than 350 Horsepower, 30+ MPG Fuel Economy -
Infiniti today announced official EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) fuel economy figures of 32 miles per gallon Highway for its first production hybrid performance luxury sedan, the all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h. It goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2011.
The Infiniti M Hybrid is the first V6 true luxury performance "driver's" hybrid – and the only such vehicle to offer more than 350 horsepower and 32 mpg fuel economy. Estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, with Combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg.
The Infiniti M35h features the all-new Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ system, an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that utilizes precise, high-speed motor control technology enabled by the powerful Lithium-ion battery, allowing power to be delivered directly to the vehicle's 7-speed automatic transmission. 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.
Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles, including the G Coupe, Sedan and Convertible, M sedan, EX and FX crossovers, and the QX full-size SUV. More information about Infiniti and its Total Ownership Experience® can be found at www.InfinitiUSA.com.