The luxury hybrid market is an interesting place: while most gas/electrics are reserved for penny pinchers and rigorous commuters, these full size electron boosted saloons are aimed at those who could afford all the petrol on the planet. These tend to be people that are more interested in making a statement than purely saving the environment, refuse to give up any of the finer things in life, and the 2012 Infiniti M35h does just that.
Lexus is looking for a V12 competitor, Mercedes offers a similar V6/electric motor combination to the M35h but are more focused on selling the world on BlueTec and BMW is going all ActiveHybrid. However there is one automaker that has a history of overbuilding and underrating their products, pushing the performance envelope in a confident understated manner. After all, isn’t that what elegance is all about?
The Infiniti M35h is motivated by a more powerful and efficient version of the engine found in the 350Z, this time combined with an electric motor which is good for a total output of 360 HP that can still return fuel economy numbers in the 30 MPG range. Adorned with flowing lines and a lavish interior there is little that this luxury sedan doesn’t offer. Our car came with plush leather, Japanese White Ash wood trim and genuine silver powder accents, as well as the upgraded Bose Premium audio system that puts speakers in the seatbacks and brings the asking price up to $61,745 including destination fees; a sum that doesn’t seem so shocking when it can be said that this car is doing something for the environment.