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Infiniti Confirms M35 Hybrid 2012

7 October 2009 No Comment

Infiniti confirmed on Wednesday that the Infiniti M35 will include a hybrid version that arrives as a 2012 model.

That’s about a year after the conventionally powered M35, which launches next spring as a 2011 model. It’s the first hybrid in the 20-year history of Infiniti.

The powertrain will include an electric motor that works with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine. The electric motor works for propulsion and as a generator.

The car gets a “laminated” lithium-ion battery pack, and the lamination enhances cooling performance, Infiniti says.

Depending on driving conditions, the hybrid system can aid the V6 engine in power, or power the vehicle completely in EV mode. No fuel economy figures were given.

Power for the M’s electric motor will be supplied by a “laminated” lithium-ion battery pack. Developed by parent company Nissan, the Japanese automaker says the new technology allows for double the power while maintaining the same size footprint of conventional batteries.

The M35 Hybrid will be available in the United States and Europe.

The next-generation M sedan was revealed using virtual technology and foam blocks this summer at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car features striking new sheetmetal, with a long hood and flared fenders. Designers say it channels the Essence concept.

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