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First unveiled last September in concept form, the special FX50 has been confirmed for production by Infiniti at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
For several months now, Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has been teasing us with darkened close-up shots of its first ever plug-in sports car, the Emerg-E.
Due to be unveiled at next month’s Geneva Moto Show, Infiniti has been careful to not release a full picture of the Emerg-E, but now images leaked on the Internet have given us the first proper look at its mid-engined, extended range electric car.
Looking a lot like an Audi R8 on steroids, the Emerg-E has classic supercar good looks, complete with long-sweeping nose, aggressive grille, panoramic glass roof, and huge air vents in front of the rear wheels that hint at its mid-engined heritage.
Infiniti has issued a recall on certain versions of its 2011 FX crossover and 2012 M sedan due to a potential oil leak caused by a faulty oil filter component.
According to the automaker, some of the bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter of the mentioned vehicles weren’t manufactured to the correct specification strength.
With the 2012 Infiniti M35h already setting Guinness records and the 2013 Lexus GS 450h shown off at the Frankfurt Auto Show, today’s unveiling of the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 makes it a three-way race for sport-sedan hybrid supremacy. How do the numbers stack up?
First up, lets look at each car’s hybrid drive system. The 2012 Infiniti M35h starts with the familiar 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a 50 kW electric motor for a net output of 360 horsepower. The 2013 Lexus GS 450 follows a similar path, pairing an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor of not-yet-specified output and net power of 338 hp. The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 slots in just below the other two, but does it a little differently, with a 300-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder paired with a 40 kW electric motor for a net output of 335 horsepower.
Power, efficiency, luxury–you can have it all, and the entry price is just $53,700. That’s the price of the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid, available March 16.
Infiniti bills the M Hybrid as the only car in America to offer 350 horsepower in combination with a 30-plus highway mpg rating, and it looks secure in that title for the present. Only Porsche’s brand-new Panamera S Hybrid looks poised to challenge it in the near future, and it costs about $40,000 more than the M.
Think “hybrid” and what comes to mind? Small or midsize, sometimes odd-driving Toyotas?
There’s now actually a raft of low-volume hybrid luxury and sports sedans from such makers as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, and now Infiniti. The 2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid was officially unveiled at last fall’s 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show after one of the more drawn-out introductions we’ve seen.
Now the EPA has rated its gas mileage, and Infiniti is proud of the fact that it is the sole vehicle in its class to offer both more than 350 horsepower and a highway rating of more than 30 miles per gallon.
The autoshow season is fully upon us, as we transition from the Chicago show this week to Geneva next month and New York in April. Infiniti is gearing up to make the most of the Geneva Motor Show with a new compact performance car positioned below the G line.
Some sources are calling the concept the Etheria, though we haven’t seen any official confirmation of the name. The teaser image above, however, is straight from Infiniti’s European arm. The company’s senior vice president, Andy Palmer, called the car slated for Geneva a “study for a high-performance premium car below the current G series.” Palmer also claims the car is “fundamentally different” from competing products–though how so, we’re unsure.
Luxury hybrids are storming the marketplace, and bringing with them a new era of hybrid chic. The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid hopes to snatch some of that market, and today’s official EPA rating of 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway should bolster its chances.
Those figures yield a combined average fuel economy of 29 mpg. Before you say, “But 32 mpg isn’t exactly impressive!” let us compare it to the competition. Well, there isn’t really any direct competition.
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