Infiniti's M35h Hybrid - Zero To Hero In 5.5 Seconds

BY Azfar Hashim

Infiniti's first hybrid to use a new-generation Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid technology; one electric motor with twin-clutch system to deliver linear performance and consistent rear-drive handling

Photos courtesy of Wearnes Automotive


Innovative electric technology and an uncompromised driving experience come together in Infiniti’s first hybrid, the Infiniti M35h. A decoupling V6 engine, 67 hp (50 kW) electric motor built in to the 7-speed automatic transmission and exceptionally fast charge/discharge response from the lithium-ion battery pack. All add up in a hybrid that is electrically powered for more of the time, and at higher speeds, than conventional hybrids.

All of this is delivered in a large (4,945mm long) four-door, five-seat sedan with an exceptionally aerodynamic body complementing classic long bonnet, short rear overhang sports saloon proportions and a flowing, muscular design penned with characteristic Infiniti passion. The spacious, soft-feel luxurious interior is inspired by natural materials and unrivalled Japanese craftsmanship.

Key to the M35h’s Inspired — and green — Performance is an innovative yet elegantly simple petrol/electric drivetrain which ensures zero-emissions electric propulsion is used more often, for longer periods and at higher speeds than in existing hybrids.

The M35h is capable of cruising on emissions-free electric power alone at speeds up to around 100km/h. In slow-moving traffic, the M35h can silently glide on electric propulsion for up to 2 km. Tests have shown that, in mixed driving, the M35h is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time.

Being an Infiniti, there is never any shortage of acceleration when it is needed. The 3.5-litre petrol V6 delivers 360 hp, backed up by 350 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The electric motor is rated at 67 HP (50 kW) and provides high torque from zero rpm, peaking at 270 Nm at just 1,770 rpm, ensuring dynamic performance from standstill.

The M35h deploys its power in a manner entirely in keeping with Infiniti’s sports handling philosophy for maximum driver satisfaction. Both petrol V6 and electric motor deliver their power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. This is notable for having an electronically controlled clutch rather than a torque converter, enhancing responsiveness and reducing fuel consumption.

A new electric/hydraulic power steering system saves another 2%. The single electric motor and lithium ion battery pack boost efficiency further by helping keep the weight gain down to the minimal. The batteries are under the boot floor but the M35h is one hybrid sedan with practical luggage room, with the ability to accommodate four golf bags.

Every Infiniti M also comes with a sophisticated electronic stability programme, benefiting from ESP with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). VDC automatically adjusts brake pressure and engine torque during certain situations where the vehicle is near its handling limit, helping the driver to maintain control of the vehicle.

The car is now available locally. For more details, contact Infiniti Singapore.