Taking styling cues from the Essence concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Nissan has confirmed production of the Infiniti M35 hybrid which is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2011.
The hybrid system to be used in the Infiniti vehicle has been developed solely by the Nissan group and features one electric motor/twin clutch arrangement. The first clutch is installed between the 3.5litre V6 and the electric motor allowing all components to act on a single propshaft to the rear differential – providing a consistent driving feel under all conditions.
Its electric motor meanwhile acts as both a propulsion unit, boosting the V6, and as a generator. It charges the battery in the normal way and recovers energy that would otherwise be lost during deceleration and braking.
The Infiniti M35 hybrid is capable of running solely on its electric motor in certain driving conditions, offering a further boost to fuel efficiency. What's more is that it includes a laminated lithium-ion battery pack that enables the cells to have low electrical resistance with a large surface area that supports high heat radiation ideally suited for large current charge and discharge.
According to reports, the Infiniti M models are on target to beat their predecessors in terms of both fuel consumption and emissions. The M35 hybrid will join the conventional engine M models as the first generation of Infiniti's luxury performance saloon with sales expected to range across 33 countries.