Infiniti M35 Hybrid

Infiniti has been working hard to perfect their first luxury hybrid sedan, an it looks like the time to release it is finally hear. There are few details about the M-Series hybrid, which will be unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, but we do know that the car enters production in 2011 as the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid.

Body styling for the M35 Hybrid is the same as the new generation Infiniti M gas variant. With  "graceful curves" and a luxurious interior, the M-Series is right to take its place as Infiniti's flagship.

Just like in the M56, expect the M35 Hybrid to employ Infiniti's latest cabin technology and driver assistance features, which are considerable.

Infiniti claims the M35 Hybrid will offer four-cylinder economy and V-8 power. As the M35 name suggests, the car will use a 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine. Its electric motor sits directly behind the engine on the prop shaft. A battery pack made from laminated lithium-ion cells powers the motor and is recharged during braking and deceleration.

Infiniti has not specified any transmission for the system, beyond pointing out it uses two clutches, one between the engine and motor.

Infiniti's M35 Hybrid can be driven solely under electric power, but according to Infiniti, only "in certain driving conditions" - that most likely means that the electric motor will not propel the car by itself at low speeds, as some of the competition's systems do.

The all new Infiniti M35 Hybrid sedan will debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, beginning on November 17.
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