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Hybrid does not have to mean boring, and the Infiniti M35h proves it outright. With 360 hp on tap, this cruiser makes a strong case in the luxury hybrid segment against the likes of the BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid. And with a starting MSRP of $54,750, it undercuts BMW’s hybrid cruiser by about $7,000, and even Lexus’ GS hybrid by about $4,000.
The M35h also holds the distinction of being the fastest accelerating hybrid on the market, which presents the promise of sporty driving experience. Does the the M35h deliver?
Read on to find out more about Infiniti’s fuel efficient 5 Series fighter.
Tweaks were made to the electric motor accuracy and battery charging by the Japanese automaker, allowing the M35h to rely more heavily on electric power during a cold start. CO2 emissions drop, which also has other benefits to owners in European countries. In the United Kingdom for example, the decrease allows the M35h to qualify for a higher rate of Write Down Allowance (WDA) which allows companies to claim 20 percent of the car’s cost as capital expenditure per year, as opposed to the previous 10 percent.
Fuel consumption was also lowered, though U.S. figures weren’t available. Combined figure is up 0.5-mpg to 40.9-mpg U.K., highway is now 50.5-mpg U.K. and city is now 31.4-mpg U.K. It’s important to note, though, that those figures are based on a totally different set of standards and likely won’t reflect EPA numbers at all.
We’re guessing the improvements will be minor but are welcoming them, especially if performance of the M35h stays the same.
Late last month, Infiniti released a video showing off what was crowned the World’s Fastest Full Hybrid, the M35h. In that video, Infiniti pitted the M35h against the Porsche Panamera Hybrid in order to show off its acceleration skills.
Even though the clip that was released back in January was barely over a minute and a half long, it’s amazing all the preparation work, setup, and equipment that was involved in filming what seems to be a fairly simple video. Infiniti has now released a behind-the-scenes clip showing off just what it took to make the video of a Guiness World Records setting car.
The Infiniti M35h hits 100-mph in 11.54 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 13.41 seconds.
And yes, that is a Mercedes-Benz ML carrying the gear. It’s pretty common to see outside advertising agencies that film these ads to use camouflaged MLs to carry the gear. There was one that was used at the Scion FR-S commercial too, that was recently shot in Northern California.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below:
Consumer Reports recently compared four luxury sedans in the January issue of the magazine, pitting the Audi A6 against the Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec and Saab 9-5, with the refreshed A6 receiving an overall test score of 93, tying Infiniti’s M37 at the top of the charts. The previous generation A6 had scored a disappointing 79.
For the A6, Consumer Reports raved about how agile, comfortable, quiet and quick the vehicle was. The model tested was a 3.0T Quattro Premium Plus with a supercharged 3.0L powerplant with 310-hp. Consumer Reports was able to get 22-mpg out of the sedan, enjoyed the eight-speed transmission and found braking performance to be very good.
Mercedes-Benz’s E350 BlueTec received top honors for fuel efficiency with 26-mpg, while the M35h received an excellent road test score despite reporting that its power delivery tend to be jerky and abrupt. Consumer Reports also reported that the M35h’s handling and braking wasn’t as brilliant as the M37′s.
Lastly, and probably to no one’s surprise, Saab’s 9-5 was deemed disappointing and seen as a poor value.