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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: Useless
By phryguy on 2/24/2011 10:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, I don't know how heavy the battery is in the M hybrid but since the NiMH in the Prius is only about 100 lbs and Nissan they went li-ion on the M hybrid, I doubt it's much over 100 lbs.

There's only a single electric motor for propulsion in this hybrid.

Unfortunately, lightening cars has consequences too and can compromise safety or cost a lot of in terms of more exotic materials. It'd also be very difficult to get really good city mileage since non-hybrids must run their gas engines at low speed (which is inefficient) and all braking energy is wasted as heat and brake dust instead of being partly recaptured and repurposed for later use. Also, almost all non-hybrids needlessly run their engines while stopped.


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