• Feb 23, 2011
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Infiniti is touting its 2012 M Hybrid as the "only vehicle in America to offer more than 350 horsepower and 30-plus miles per gallon." If that sounds like an excellent combination, the Japanese automaker has just announced that the cost of entry is $53,700.

The 30-plus mpg figure is, of course, on the highway, with an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 32 mpg. The M Hybrid is rated at 27 mpg in the city and has a combined rating of 29 – not too shabby for a car with 360-horsepower on tap, courtesy of the 3.5-liter V6 mounted under the hood. $53,700 is a lot of scratch, but there's not a lot of luxury sedans on the market that offer that much power while retuning that type of fuel economy. Hit the jump for the official press release.

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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Sedan Pricing Set at $53,700 USD

Only Vehicle in America to Offer More Than 350 Horsepower, 30+ MPG Fuel Economy

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today announced a $53,700 USD M.S.R.P. for the all-new 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid, which goes on sale March 16, 2011 at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The Infiniti M Hybrid is the first V6 true luxury performance "driver's" hybrid – and the only 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 2012 Infiniti M performance luxury sedan is also offered in four non-hybrid models, which go on sale March 2, 2011. The non-hybrid Infiniti M has a starting M.S.R.P. of $47,700 USD for the Infiniti M37 RWD. The other models are the Infiniti M37 AWD ($49,850 USD), Infiniti M56 RWD ($59,100 USD) and Infiniti M56 AWD ($61,600 USD).

"We're excited to be able to bring in the new Infiniti M Hybrid – with its exceptional blend of power, efficiency, style, luxury and technology – at an M.S.R.P. of under $54,000," said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore. "Competitively priced, though with little real direct competition, we expect the M Hybrid to continue the strong sales momentum the new Infiniti M Sedan has been experiencing since its launch in the 2011 model year."

The new Infiniti M Hybrid will also be the feature vehicle for Infiniti's corporate partnership with the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports. Infiniti will run a multi-media campaign highlighting the M Hybrid and other Infiniti performance luxury vehicles during regular-season men's basketball games and the newly expanded, 68-team 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. In addition, Infiniti will present in-game "coaches spotlights" during the tournament.

About the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid

The Infiniti M Hybrid 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 fully equipped rear-wheel drive Infiniti Hybrid is offered in just one model with a long list of standard luxury and technology features – including leather-appointed seats, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 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.

Other available features include Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

The Infiniti M Hybrid's exhilarating driving performance results 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 excellent fuel economy.

In addition, the new Infiniti M Hybrid 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 driving, the Infiniti M Hybrid 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 M Hybrid also offers a roomy interior and competitive trunk space.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Great car. Critics are wrong about the look. It is the panamera that looks odd - though even it looks better in the flesh - this is a great car with the right idea, fast and efficient.
      If they build an M coupe, with this power/engine/motor combo I'll trade in M G37 coupe immediately...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you meant to say.. it has a combined rating of 30, not 20. hahaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      The belt line looks a little like my rental 2010 Hyundai Elantra.
      Looks like the last gen M went to the swoopy filter.
      Im honestly more surprised the stylists kept the same interior theme.

      That just looks grotesque.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing mpg for such a big super sedan. Autoblog I think this car needs to be top on the list for best trip car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, this thing must suck if it gets 27/32 but only 20 mpg combined! ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please explain the relevance. Otherwise, please don't respond to my post just so your irrelevant one stays on the front page any longer. Unless you're thinking that there was no typo in the article and it does get a combined 20mpg? I really don't know with you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will take this engine on a G Coupe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The M Hybrid's combined fuel economy is 29, per the press release. The EPA weights combined ratings by taking into account more city driving more than highway (I think 55% city, 45% highway) so the lower city rating of most cars pulls down the combined average slightly. Simple copy typo in the article it seems.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They really messed up on this thing's styling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        r u kiddin'

        i been at the dealer multiple time and checked out the M and it looks awesome.
        the interior is by far best in class (maybe the new A6 comes close, but not quite)
        the leather feels like a baby's rump - it's just so soft it could pass in a Bently

        exterior wise, besides the Jaguar nothing comes close to looking this good -- the Audi well there is nothing exciting at all about it's looks, the BMW 5-series also shares too much with the 7 and not unique enough, the E-class with the Lincoln tail lamps and '97 accord side profile and the Lexus squared off headlamps is just terrible, the Lexus GS, well it's just so boring, the Acura RL - let's not even put that one in this class
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agree. The idea is great, and 360 hp is impressive from a V6, but it looks like the old one got stung by a bee.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is for the Disney Cars movie I hope.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i r'nt kiddin', Leo.

        I don't doubt the excellence of the car, but the outside is definitely the worst part of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      how is the combined MPG 20 if city is 27 and highway is 32? i think you meant combined is 30
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who buys these humpback-whale cars anyway? This one looks cartoonishly bloated.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually meant to type 29... thanks for the call out, it is now fixed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      53,700 doesn't seem bad at all for a hybrid luxe sedan in that class. looks decent. what is the mark-up over the m37? 300+ hp and 30mpg=mustang v6.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like an ugly Buick. It has elements of styling that Buick uses, but even Buicks aren't this bad looking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They forgot the most important photo of a Hybrid Sedan - (unless I missed it).

      THE TRUNK! I want to see where they put the batteries on this thing. If they put it the same place Toyota etc put them then it really takes away from the larger trunks these cars have.

      I agree in these photos it looks really cartoonish, but in person I like the new ones MUCH better than the 07ish ones. The older ones bumper/tail lamps looked too fat for me. the new one is much more sleek.

      I can see some Maxima in the front end but looks way too swoopy.

      All that, I do love the nearly 30mpg combined!

      In 2000 - we had 280 hp Trans Ams.

      We had 260hp Mustangs. (18/26 on OLD ratings) So really 21mpg combined.

      Now in 2010 we have 350+ hp and approx 30mpg combined.

      In 10 years we have gained over 100hp and also increased fuel economy by almost 50%.

      If it does the same in 10 years -

      We'll have 450hp and 40mpg. (If the weight of these things doesn't keep going up!).

      400hp /40mpg would be great! I don't think we will see that though because more and more cars will be going toward Volt/Leaf type of engines.
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