2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Specs Review of Infiniti M Hybrid Popular Mechanics

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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Drive

Infiniti’s five-passenger M sedan combines a V6 with an motor to get V8 output and a smaller

Yokohama, Japan There’s a lot to about Infiniti’s M sedan. As of an unsung hero in the midsize performance segment, it offers a interior with topnotch a uniquely swept body and a leading array of state-of-the-art In 2012, that goodness its way untainted into the new M Hybrid, with the requisite electric sandwiched between engine and

And while introducing a hybrid car may not seem like such a idea these days, the M won’t have much you’ll pay almost twice the to get an electric motor or two in your BMW or and the sleepy Lexus GS Hybrid II is than a little long in the

The Specs

Infiniti engineers a look at typical hybrid and decided to streamline the process a la the Honda Insight. Most use two electric motors one that propulsion and a separate, smaller that recharges the battery braking. This second creates a couple of problems.

from adding complexity and to the whole system, it plays with the vehicle’s braking Instead of the nice progressive of a standard brake pedal, brakes tend to grab as the motor kicks in to recharge the

To combat this issue, did away with the second altogether, opting instead to a single electric motor the 3.5-liter V6 and seven-speed automatic via a two-clutch system (similar to the in the Volkswagen Touareg). One clutch the engine from the electric and the second makes up the gap between the and the transmission. This makes for a smoother transition between gasoline electric and all-gasoline And it means that recharging the doesn’t yield a twitchy pedal.

The electric motor 67 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a grand total of 369 hp and 457 lb-ft of when combined with the six.

However, there’s a slight for the extra pep, as the hybrid adds 264 pounds to the five-passenger Infiniti uses a proprietary lithium battery pack in the M While it adds less than a nickel-metal-hydride battery, it weighs quite a bit.

All pounds have to go somewhere, in this case, Infiniti to put the battery pack into the trunk.

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The Drive

While the M we drove didn’t hide its gain, we only noticed the heft when muscling the car a tight left right which is probably something no M Hybrid buyer would do on a basis. Driven sanely, the car along like its internal-combustion-only It’s not quite as fast as the V8-packing M56, but with the gas pinned to the floor and both the and motor humming in coordination, the car is than you’d expect.

If you keep the M Hybrid below 62 it can even whisk you along on power but that’s contingent on a delicate right foot. the rumbly VQ silenced and nothing but tire and wind noise to us, the M Hybrid becomes a pleasant liner. Infiniti reckons the M Hybrid will be about 25 more efficient than the M37, which should mileage in the 22/32 mpg (city/highway) However, the company might do to trumpet the M Hybrid’s additional (without the fuel economy associated with forced or a larger displacement engine), than simply calling the V6 more efficient.

It generates 40 more lb-ft of than the V8-powered M56, all.

The Bottom Line

The hybrid game has been on for several years, and several are already in. But Infiniti’s M Hybrid has a sporting character, without interior comfort and technology. it even looks good, and its claim as far from budget like the Lexus HS250h as it from six-figure German Odds are the M Hybrid will in buyers looking for V8 power V6 efficiency.


Expect to pay a few thousand dollars when the M Hybrid goes on next spring, with a price likely to start at

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