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25th March, 2011

The current generation Infiniti M sedan was introduced in the USA in 2011. A new design from the wheels upwards, the Infiniti M enjoyed a successful launch year and is available in two guises, the Infiniti M37 and M56, while an Infiniti M35h Hybrid has just been launched in the U.S. and Europe. And a diesel is in the model line-up too.

As Infiniti’s first-ever hybrid, the 2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid delivers performance with a degree of fuel efficiency. Powered by the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ System, the Infiniti M Hybrid offers 261 kW and combined cycle fuel economy of 8.11 litres per 100 km.

The M30d diesel version is expected to be a major seller and is powered by Infiniti’s first diesel engine. Developed specifically for Europe, the 175 kW 3.0-litre piezo-injection V6 develops 550 Nm of torque with CO2 emissions of 199 g/km. Potential cruising range (at official extra-urban consumption) is more than 1,300 km while acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.9 seconds.

As Infiniti’s 'halo' sedan, the M37 and M56 embrace the essence of all things Infiniti – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology. Designed to deliver a performance luxury experience crafted to a higher standard, the M37 features a refined 246 kW 3.7-litre V6 engine, while the M56 opts for a 313 kW 5.6-litre V8. Both feature Infiniti’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system and all models are equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission.

The M37 and M56 drive through the rear wheels or, optionally, via Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The Sport Package, offered on RWD models, offers 4-wheel Active Steer (4WAS), sport-tuned suspension, Sport Brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The Infiniti M also showcases Infiniti’s advanced, user-focused technologies, including: Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, a four-mode driver-selectable control of throttle and transmission mapping that helps optimise vehicle performance; Active Noise Control, which reduces undesirable engine harmonics, providing a quieter cabin; Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area; Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), a world’s first system that provides selective braking if the vehicle approaches an adjacent lane while another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area, to help the driver return the vehicle back toward the centre of the lane of travel; Eco Pedal, which provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behaviour; Active Trace Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels to help enhance cornering performance; Double-piston Shock Absorbers that control damping force according to frequency of input from the road surface; and Enhanced Intelligent Key that remembers last used audio, navigation and climate control settings for each key.

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Also on offer in overseas markets are a Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose Studio Surround premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

The sporty appearance is highlighted by the deep body shape of the mudguards and doors, which give the sedan a powerful look unlike anything on the road. The wave-style doors are constructed from aluminium for lightweight, despite the material’s difficult formability. The stamping dies for each door are hand polished to maintain their precision and every door undergoes an exacting human inspection, providing a handcrafted level of quality.

Infiniti M37 and M56 boast a low coefficient of drag of just 0.27 (0.26 for M Hybrid) with zero lift front and rear thanks to a series of aerodynamic enhancements including tyre deflectors, underbody and under engine bay covers and a rear diffuser.

The Infiniti M interior presents an elegant yet functional design that combines artistry with precision, comfort with innovation – all in support of enhancing driving performance and passenger enjoyment. The M instrument panel features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, a 7.0-inch colour vehicle information display and Infiniti analogue clock.

Leather-appointed, heated 10-way power driver and front passenger’s seats including 2-way power lumbar support are standard, along with a dual occupant memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors – which can be linked to the individual Intelligent Keys.

In addition, each Intelligent Key remembers the last used climate control, audio and navigation settings. An entry/exit assist system for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, heated front seats, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual-zone automatic temperature also contribute to the M’s outstanding level of standard luxury appointments.

Australian specifications will be announced ahead of the intended 2012 local release.


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