Nissan announced today that the next generation Infiniti M-series sedan will be available in a hybrid variant, a first for the Japanese luxury brand.
The rear-wheel-drive midsize sedan will use a system that combines a 3.5 liter V6 engine to an electric motor through a unique twin-clutch design. The electric motor will be able to propel the M35 Hybrid at low speeds, but will mostly work to assist the V6.
The sedan will also use a compact lithium-ion battery pack instead of the more traditional nickel-metal hydride batteries found in most hybrids today.
Fuel economy and performance figures for the vehicle were not released.
The hybrid powertrain will be the first developed in-house by Nissan. The current Altima Hybrid uses techology licensed from Toyota. Along with the M35 hybrid, Nissan will also be introducing an all-electric car, the Leaf, sometime in 2010.