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Infiniti's first hybrid revealed

Infiniti will expand its UK model range with its first luxury hybrid this spring with its new M35h. Infiniti M35h

The model will compete head on with Lexus’ hybrid saloon range, as well as executive class German rivals.

The M35h comes with a 3.5-litre V6 combined with 66bhp electric motor which offers a total of 362bhp, 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, but emissions of 162g/km and 40.4mpg.

The new model is capable of cruising on full electric power at speeds of up to 50mph. The car runs silently at slow speeds when powered by the electric motor, so the M35h is fitted with Infiniti’s approaching vehicle sound for pedestrians (VSP) system which emits a sound that varies in pitch and volume at speeds up to 20mph.

The hybrid also includes hybrid electric power steering (NH-EPS) and regenerative brakes, both developed especially for the M35h to boost efficiency.

Prices for the Infiniti M35h, which will be offered in either GT or GT Premium trims, are due to be announced before the Geneva Motor Show at the start of March.

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