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Friday, April 6, 2012

Infiniti Going Hybrid with Next-Gen 2012 M


2012 Infiniti Sports Car Concept
(2012 Detroit Auto Show)

Infiniti Essence Concept 
Hybrid Coupe

Infiniti revealed a super-powerful hybrid system in its 2009 Geneva-show Essence concept. It is now preparing to put its first hybrid into production in the M sedan as a 2012 model-year car. The new M, which is set to debut in virtual form at this weekend's Pebble Beach weekend, will be introduced in gasoline versions with a 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8, and for Europe a clean diesel.


Infiniti Essence Concept 
Hybrid Coupe

The next M will have a more assertive and curvaceous design than the current model's. Changes include a bigger, bolder grille and a pronounced shelf below the window line. The Essence (pictured) used Nissan's 3.7-liter V-6 with direct gas injection and twin turbos for 434 horses. It seems unlikely the production engine will reach this power. But the hybrid system is serious and will make performance numbers comparable with the gas-only V-8.


Infiniti Essence Concept 
Hybrid Coupe


It's very different from the hybrid system licensed from Toyota in the Nissan Altima hybrid. The electric motor sits behind the V-6 in this RWD application, and there are two clutches, so either the V-6 or the electric motor can drive the automatic trans, or both together. Because the electric motor can operate from zero rpm, there is no torque converter, enhancing efficiency. The hybrid will use lithium-ion batteries. Nissan has announced factories worldwide for Li-ion batteries to supply its 2011 electric vehicle.


Infiniti Essence Concept 
Hybrid Coupe

Two new safety systems bow in the new M. First is a side-collision prevention using individual brake intervention to alter course if the driver makes a lane change into the path of another vehicle. The other is similar and applies the brakes if the driver ignores warnings about obstacles when backing up.

Infiniti is also considering a luxury subcompact electric vehicle, using Nissan's flexibly sized EV platform.