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Infiniti M Hybrid
Infiniti's M Hybrid undercuts the Lexus GS 450h and offer better fuel economy

We've talked about Infiniti's upcoming M Hybrid on a number of occasions here at DailyTech. Today, however, Infiniti released official pricing for its large hybrid sedan -- the vehicle will be priced from $53,700 in the United States.

That $50k+ price tag will get you a luxury vehicle that is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined). Those number won't blow anyone's socks off, but they are much higher than what you'll find in the non-hybrid $47,700 M35 (18/26 city/highway) and $59,100 M56 (16/25). 

"We're excited to be able to bring in the new Infiniti M Hybrid – with its exceptional blend of power, efficiency, style, luxury and technology – at an M.S.R.P. of under $54,000," said Infiniti VP Ben Poore. "Competitively priced, though with little real direct competition, we expect the M Hybrid to continue the strong sales momentum the new Infiniti M Sedan has been experiencing since its launch in the 2011 model year."

Instead of using the more powerful 3.7-liter V6 found in the G37 and M37, the M Hybrid makes use of a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 292hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor adds another 68hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.

The M Hybrid can drive up to 62 mph on battery power alone and can travel up to 1.2 miles on battery power before the gasoline engine has to take over. 

For comparison, the Lexus GS 450h (which has been on the market for a few years) is rated at 22/25/23 (city/highway/combined) and has an MSRP of $58,050.

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RE: Minor issue with Infinity
By InfinityzeN on 2/24/2011 10:17:08 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe because it is an Infiniti and not an Infinity.

I drive a G37S and the audio system sounds good at most listening volumes. No where near as good as a carefully selected aftermarket system, but good enough for 99% of owners.

RE: Minor issue with Infinity
By Sivar on 2/24/2011 10:29:42 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't even realize I used a 'y' until you pointed it out. Ah well, I mentioned the audio because I nearly bought a G37.

While it would be ridiculous to scratch a car off the list just because of a so-so speaker system, I was concerned (having little previous experience with Infinit i ) that it represented a general attitude in the company -- "give the people what marketing tells them to like instead of actual quality." It sounds as if you are saying that not the case with the rest of the car.

RE: Minor issue with Infinity
By InfinityzeN on 2/24/2011 12:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
I had a list of 12 different cars I looked at and test drove. I will say that I liked the BMW 3 series driving feel more, but I didn't like its looks or the much higher price for the same options.

Over all, the G is a very nice looking, well made car with good looks, performance, options, and price within its luxury class.

I have not had a single issue with mine, the customer service has been exceptional, and with my service contract the only thing I pay from is gas and tires.

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