Infiniti, which earlier this year unveiled the 2012 M35h hybrid in Geneva, announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show it was bringing this particular luxury green car to the U.S. in spring 2011. It is said this will be the only vehicle to offer more than 350 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon fuel economy, making it “the first true luxury performance ‘driver’s’ hybrid.”
The Infiniti M Hybrid, said the luxury division of Nissan, sports an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that brings together a 3..5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine and a 50 kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery to provide net power of 360 horsepower. The vehicle will be capable of driving 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.
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This luxury hybrid sports a 7-speed automatic transmission along with 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. Other standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth hands free calling and a navigation system.
Also of note, as relates to the hybrid system, is what are described as “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.”
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