The Infiniti M35 Hybrid, which goes on sale next month as a 2012 model, will cost buyers $54,575, including $875 in destination fees.
For those keeping score, that’s nearly $6600 more than a comparable M37 sedan. That premium doesn’t net you any additional creature comforts, but it does replace the M37’s 3.7-liter V-6 with a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and a 67-horsepower electric motor. The hybrid driveline does boost EPA figures to 27/32 mpg (city/highway), which is a sizable improvement over the 18/26 rating affixed to a standard M37.
That said, the M35h doesn’t exactly skimp on amenities, either. Standard equipment includes leather seating, active noise canceling, keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a moonroof, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
Buyers will be able to spring for virtually every option package offered on M37 models, save for the sport package. An optional premium package adds navigation, voice-activated commands, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The deluxe touring package throws in a Bose 5.1-channel Studio Surround sound system, an interior air purifier, semi-aniline leather seating with quilted inserts, white ash wood trim, a suede-like headliner, and a power rear sunshade. Spring for the technology package, and the M35h receives adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, adaptive headlamps, and pre-collision seatbelt tensioners.
Full press release can be found below. Pricing for those three packages has yet to be announced, but if they’re similar to those offered on the M37, expect them to ring in close to $3350, $3800, and $3000, respectively. Look for finalized numbers to emerge by March 2, when M35hs are expected to arrive at dealerships nationwide.
2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Sedan Pricing Set at $53,700 USD
– Only Vehicle in America to Offer More Than 350 Horsepower, 30+ MPG Fuel Economy –
Infiniti today announced a $53,700 USD M.S.R.P. for the all-new 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid, which goes on sale March 16, 2011 at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The Infiniti M Hybrid is the first V6 true luxury performance “driver’s” hybrid – and the only vehicle to offer more than 350 horsepower and 32 mpg fuel economy. Estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, with Combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg.
The 2012 Infiniti M performance luxury sedan is also offered in four non-hybrid models, which go on sale March 2, 2011. The non-hybrid Infiniti M has a starting M.S.R.P. of $47,700 USD for the Infiniti M37 RWD. The other models are the Infiniti M37 AWD ($49,850 USD), Infiniti M56 RWD ($59,100 USD) and Infiniti M56 AWD ($61,600 USD).
“We’re excited to be able to bring in the new Infiniti M Hybrid – with its exceptional blend of power, efficiency, style, luxury and technology – at an M.S.R.P. of under $54,000,” said Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore. “Competitively priced, though with little real direct competition, we expect the M Hybrid to continue the strong sales momentum the new Infiniti M Sedan has been experiencing since its launch in the 2011 model year.”
The new Infiniti M Hybrid will also be the feature vehicle for Infiniti’s corporate partnership with the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports. Infiniti will run a multi-media campaign highlighting the M Hybrid and other Infiniti performance luxury vehicles during regular-season men’s basketball games and the newly expanded, 68-team 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. In addition, Infiniti will present in-game “coaches spotlights” during the tournament.
About the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid
The Infiniti M Hybrid features the all-new Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ system, an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that utilizes precise, high-speed motor control technology enabled by the powerful Lithium-ion battery, allowing power to be delivered directly to the vehicle’s 7-speed automatic transmission.
The fully equipped rear-wheel drive Infiniti Hybrid is offered in just one model with a long list of standard luxury and technology features – including leather-appointed seats, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Active Noise Control, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and power sliding glass tinted moonroof.
The Infiniti M Hybrid is also available with advanced technology features, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI), Forest Air® system, Active Trace Control, and Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System.
Other available features include Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.
The Infiniti M Hybrid’s exhilarating driving performance results from use of Infiniti’s proven 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, which paired with the 50 kW electric motor, provides a hybrid system net power of 360 horsepower. Torque figures are equally impressive, with the V6’s 258 lb-ft of toque combining with the electric motor’s immediately available 199 lb-ft of torque to provide strong performance. The result is a vehicle that first and foremost delivers a refined driving experience, along with excellent fuel economy.
In addition, the new Infiniti M Hybrid can drive 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. Tests have shown that in mixed diving, the Infiniti M Hybrid is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time. And, with its compact hybrid system design, the new Infiniti M Hybrid also offers a roomy interior and competitive trunk space.
Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles that inspire at every turn, including the G Coupe, Sedan and Convertible, M Sedan, EX and FX crossovers, and the QX full-size SUV. More information about Infiniti and its Total Ownership Experience can be found at www.InfinitiUSA.com.
via Nissan / Infiniti courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff