The 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid marks the introduction of a gasoline/electric vehicle to the brand’s lineup and the all-important fuel economy figures have just been announced. The M35 Hybrid has been EPA certified at 27/32 mpg city/highway, with a combined rating of 29 mpg.
Featuring a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6, two clutches (one wet, one dry) and a 50 kW electric motor, the M35 Hybrid boasts a combined 360 horsepower and is able to be driven on electric power alone. A seven-speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack are also used. According to Infiniti, the M35 Hybrid is the only vehicle on the market that offers more than 350 horsepower while attaining over 30 mpg on the highway.
The M35 Hybrid’s economy rating compares favorably to that of the base model M37 with a 3.7-liter, 330-horsepower V-6, that car achieving 18/26 mpg city/highway with a combined rating of 21 mpg. It also tops the 22/25 mpg city/highway rated Lexus GS 450h, the vehicle that is arguably the M35’s closest competition.
Pricing for the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid has not yet been announced, but is expected to fall in between that of the all-wheel-drive M37x and M56. The car will arrive in showrooms in Spring 2011.