First introduced in the spring of 2012, the Infiniti M35h is a hybrid version of the Infiniti M midsize luxury sedan. The M35h serves as a means for Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan to revive its flagging hybrid sales in the U.S. auto market. Currently, the company offers only one other hybrid in the U.S., the Nissan Altima. In Japan, where the Infiniti M line is sold as the Nissan Fuga, there has been a hybrid version of the car available since September 2011. The M35h is a brand new model but has the potential to establish itself as a market leader in terms of midsize luxury hybrids. With all the style, power, and luxury one associates with the Infiniti M line, the M35h also offers unparalleled fuel economy in the luxury car market.
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About the Infiniti M35h
As a hybrid version of the Infiniti M model luxury sedan, the M35h has much in common with the popular line of vehicles. The Infiniti M is a midsize luxury sedan designed to go head-to-head with not just Japanese luxury models like the Lexus GS 450, but also with models produced by traditional European powers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. However, while some criticize the standard M models for lacking the gravitas of their more established competition, the M35h offers something more. With all the power and luxury of the standard Infiniti M line, the M35h also offers some of the best gas mileage achievable in the luxury car segment. Even prior to its commercial release, the M35h received good marks in terms of fuel economy, earning an EPA estimated rating of 29 mpg city/highway.Infiniti M35h Features
The luxury hybrid contains a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 50-kilowatt electric motor. Together the two power plants give the 2012 M35h a total of 360 horsepower. Tests by Car and Driver magazine indicate that the 2012 M35h offers respectable acceleration capabilities to say the least, accelerating from zero to 60 in just 5.5 seconds. This means that the M35h hybrid version matches the incredible acceleration provided by the Infiniti M56, with its 5.6-liter V-8 engine. The M35h also receives 8 mpg more than the economical Infiniti M37 in terms of gas mileage. Like all models belonging to the current Infiniti M line, the M35h comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission. This transmission offers four different shift modes: Normal, Sport, Snow, and Eco.
Like other models belonging to the current Infiniti M line, the 2012 M35h comes with rear-wheel drive standard. It also offers good handling capability that belies its stature as a midsize luxury sedan. Standard features on all M models include xenon headlamps, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, front seat heating, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a sound system with an iPod interface. Additional options include heated and cooled front seats, Bluetooth streaming audio, digital music storage, parking sensors, and blind spot and lane departure warning systems.
Sporting the same attractive exterior styling cues as the rest of the vehicles belonging to the Infiniti M line, the M35h is indeed a stylish number as far as hybrids go. This attractiveness is more than just skin deep. The car’s interior is equally stylish and boasts a supple leather interior accented by genuine wood trim. The front seats are comfortable and even the rear seat offers a reasonable amount of leg and headroom.
While some reviews criticize other vehicles in the M line for lacking the luxury cache of some similarly priced models made by more established high-end marques, the M35h provides something different. The car’s combination of luxury, power, and incredibly good gas mileage make it an attractive prospect indeed.Infiniti M35h Evolution
The Infiniti M35h is newly offered for 2012. It is based mainly on the fourth generation of the Infiniti M, which was introduced in 2011. If you’re not sold on getting the hybrid version, past models of the Infiniti M may also be worth considering.
Infiniti offered the previous generation of the M from 2006 to 2010. Models produced in that era do not come in hybrid form and include only the M35 and the M45. More angular than the current generation, M models from this era share many attributes with current non-hybrid M models.