“One of the fastest and greenest V6-powered sedans available:” that’s how Infiniti describes the new M35h, the Japanese luxury car-maker’s first hybrid offering. This car promises “no compromise” between high performance and low emissions, accelerating from 0 to 62 mile per hour in 5.5 seconds and an impressive 40.4 miles per gallon on its combined cycle.
These numbers and others place the car among the fastest and greenest V6-powered sedans currently on the market, the product of a unique one electric motor/two clutch hybrid system. This system enables emissions-free electric cruising at speeds up to 49 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour), ideal for slow-moving city traffic. Once you hit the highway, however, the car’s “Direct Response Hybrid” system extends the hybrid’s range with gas. The car features regenerative braking and deceleration energy harvesting, and has shown in real-world trials that on mixed routes, it can run on electric only for as much of 50% of the time on mixed routes.
The Infiniti M35h’s petrol engine is described as a 3.5-litre V6 with 306 PS (225kW). It is part of the same family of V6s as the 3.7-litre unit in the M37 but with torque characteristics to complement the low-down pulling power – 270 Nm at 1770rpm – of the electric motor.
As an added bonus, the car features an approaching vehicle sound for pedestrians, which emits what is described as “a pleasing, non-intrusive sound that varies in pitch” at low speeds, warning pedestrians of the car’s approach, despite its nearly silent electric motor. The Inifiti M35h will be available throughout Europe this spring (USA details here); prices vary according to country.