2010 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- 2012 Infiniti M35h will be on display next week at the Paris auto show.
- M35h combines a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a 50kW electric motor.
- It goes on sale next spring in the U.S. and Europe.
PARIS — Infiniti will give European customers their first glimpse of the brand's-new M35h hybrid sedan next week at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The M35h, which was unveiled in August at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, goes on sale next spring in the U.S. and Europe.
The M35h combines a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a 50kW electric motor. The hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60 in less than 5.9 seconds, making it the fastest model in Infiniti's European range. Top speed is electronically governed to 155 mph. Fuel economy on the combined European cycle is estimated at 32 mpg.
The M35h should have prodigious torque. The V6 engine makes 258 pound-feet, while the electric motor delivers 199 lb-ft. The vehicle features a lithium-ion battery pack and a seven-speed automatic transmission with wet and dry clutches, and can cruise on battery power alone for up to 50 miles.
For the European market, the M35h will come in standard and luxury GT editions, with a lavishly equipped GT Premium package bundling Intelligent Cruise Control, lane departure warning and prevention, a 16-speaker Bose Premium surround-sound system, Active Noise Control and Forest Air, Nissan's climate control system designed to promote alertness and relieve stress.
Edmunds.com says: Expect the M35h to be priced between the M37 and the M56 — somewhere in the vicinity of $55,000. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent