Nissan luxury brand Infiniti, following in the footsteps of other luxury auto brands at the Geneva Auto Show this year, unveiled its green car contribution. The new M35 Hybrid, first mentioned several months ago, is Infiniti’s first production hybrid model.
The Infiniti M35 Hybrid, due to appear in Europe starting this fall, sports a V6 engine and 50 kW (68 PS) electric motor tied to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle’s drivetrain has a “one motor/two clutch system” so that it can do “full decoupling of the V6 when in both electric and power regeneration modes – in order to reduce mechanical drag and boost the efficiency of the electric motor.” The electric motor can also act as a boost for the V6 engine in a special “power assist” mode “when maximum acceleration is required.”
Of note as well on the M35 Hybrid, according to Infiniti, are the the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack, with a fast charge/discharge response and 1.3kWh capacity, and “the direct manner in which the petrol or electric power is delivered to the rear wheels. This ‘directness’ is central to the M35 Hybrid’s overall efficiency as well as offering a consistent driving feel under all conditions.”