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2013 INFINITI M

Vehicle Style: Large luxury sedan

Price: (plus on-roads)

Fuel claimed: 6.9 l/100km | tested: l/100km

Infiniti’s ambitious to carve out a foothold in the Australian car market hinges on being Different styling, different and a different approach to luxury

Take, for example, the M35h. It wear hybrid badges on its but the driving experience is anything but

In fact, a 0-100km/h sprint of 5.5 seconds makes this a fast hybrid (quicker a Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. for

Its exterior and interior styling challenges conventions. It’s to find a straight line on the both inside and out.

But is M35h GT Premium just for the sake of “being different”, or do differences make it better the competition?

Quality: Build is superb in the M, but interior styling and are weak points.

While reviewer had no qualms about the curvaceous styling of the interior, struggled with it. Likewise the ash wood trim, whose edges polarised views.

We found the climate control to be placed just a little too far to be practical, and the little rotary for the seat heaters/coolers required a close visual inspection to what setting they on.

But materials are top-notch and so is fit and finish. The upholstery is smooth and supple, and gaps tight and consistent.

The M’s big front seats are La-Z-Boys, such is their There’s acres of room to and loads of adjustment in the seats and column.

The back seats are satisfying, particularly for taller (headroom is limited) but rear air outlets are a plus, as are height-adjustable and a power retractable sunblind.

This is the flagship of the Infiniti and it’s stuffed full of all of techno-gear, all as standard.

First, are the luxury staples of dual-zone control, keyless entry and auto-on wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, power folding 10-way power adjustable and steering column, parking sat-nav and a sunroof.

Then Bluetooth phone and audio air-purifier, radar-assisted active control, blind-spot monitor, keep’ assist, heated and front seats, power rear sunblind, reversing and a thumping 16-speaker Bose system with 10GB on music storage.

Storage: At 350 the M35h’s boot is small by modern hatchback standards. The battery pack behind the seats eats into so boot space that will struggle to carry than a couple of suitcases.

Driveability: The M35h is blessed the rev-loving 225kW 3.5 litre aspirated engine from the 350Z. It’s augmented by a electric motor sandwiched the engine and transmission, where the converter would ordinarily be.

The output of the petrol/electric powertrain is a 268kW and 350Nm, the electric fattening up the torque curve at low

Operating together, the petrol/electric can produce quite savage in the big Infiniti. Torque delivery is (a key characteristic of electric motors), given the beans, the M35h can rubber on dry pavement with

Infiniti quotes a 0-100km/h of just 5.5 seconds — up until recently qualified it as the fastest hybrid. Our own testing had it a slower to 100km/h, tripping the at 5.65 seconds.

It’s then. Most assuredly.

But the has a couple of other tricks up its At highway speeds it can cruise on power alone, a feat most other hybrids match (although the moment the inclines, the petrol engine in).

There’s enough capacity to drive the M35h on power for about two kilometres. In peak-hour traffic the Infiniti can through on a gentle wave of torque, for significant fuel-saving

Unfortunately, when crawling, no way to keep the M35h in electric-only — anything other a feather-light touch on the accelerator have the engine powering up.

many existing hybrids, the takes drive to the rear via a seven-speed conventional automatic not a CVT.

It’s a fantastic Shifts between gears are and there’s plenty of ratio to keep the engine working at its

A manual shift-mode is standard, but an automatic is this good little need to choose own gears.

Refinement: On the whole, the is buttery-smooth. Sound suppression is and vibration is well isolated, but we a couple of minor drivetrain issues.

When driving electric power alone, a small jolt as the gearbox from first to second. The between electric and petrol could also be smoother.

Although there’s plenty of line thrust, the M35h floppy once it arrives at a with significant body Also, for a car carrying a GT badge, the control is intrusive and easily-triggered.

But isn’t a car for attacking mountain — the M35h is for gliding hotel driveway to opera in silky-smooth comfort. Those big and soft springs mean imperfections all but disappear.

Braking: Like many equipped with regenerative the M35h suffers from brake pedal feel.

a pronounced change in braking as the car switches between brake regen and the conventional hydraulic system, and modulating the pedal can be a small challenge at times.

rating: Not tested

Safety Standard safety includes EBD, brake assist, control and stability control.

On the M35h, there’s also “Dyanamic Safety Shield”, at the press of a button, uses the radar, lane-keeping cameras and radar to keep the the car placed a distance from other

If the system judges another or object is approaching too quickly, it brake autonomously to reduce the of an impact.

Passengers are protected by front side and full-length airbags, as well as three-point anti-whiplash front headrests and front seatbelts.

WARRANTY AND

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Warranty: 4 years, or 100,000km.

costs: Maintenance costs can Contact your local dealer.

Lexus GS 450h ($99,900) — The Lexus GS benefits from two things time in the market and a well-recognised

However, in Luxury spec the GS can’t match the M35h for nor is its hybrid powertrain able to on electric power at 100km/h the Infiniti can.

The GS is more though, and slightly roomier in the (see GS reviews )

BMW Activehybrid 5 — BMW’s first hybrid places a greater on performance, although its 250kW 3.0 litre six and electric motor can’t match the M35h in a line sprint.

But it’s got of torque — 100Nm than the M35h — and is much sharper. The Infiniti’s list though betters the (see 5 Series reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

A in Infiniti’s M35h leaves the impression of a car that quite know what it wants to be. Is it a cruiser, sport sedan, or The M35h tries to be all three, but quite succeed.

It’s yes, but is compromised.

But before you we’re being too harsh, we can plenty to like about flagship M35h sedan.

The its electric motor is strong to single-handedly propel the 1.8-tonne at highway speed is impressive. the luxury features on offer for than $100k is a strong in its favour, as is the ride comfort.

But that tiny boot is a and so is the love-it-or-hate-it styling.

Luxury are a very small market we suspect M35h sales account for only a sliver of market.

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Pricing


M37 GT — $85,900

M37 S — $97,900

M30d GT $87,900

M30d S Premium $99,900

M35h GT Premium $99,900

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