There’s no rest for the weary! Automakers everywhere are trying to step up their game to compete with the drowning economy and Infiniti is no different. After Infiniti unveiled the M luxury sedan we had no idea that they were considering expanding their lineup to three; sedan, coupe, and a convertible. This is, after all, an intelligent move by Infiniti if they hope to go head to head with the future Mercedes E-Class coupe and convertible version and the future BMW 6-Series .
The design language will be inspired by the Essence concept car that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary and to provide an inside look at the brand’s future. This future is in the Infiniti M coupe and convertible that will include the concept’s unusual B-pillar and front fender side vents. Like the sedan version, the coupe and convertible models will also be offered in M37 and M56 versions. The Infiniti M56 is powered by a 420 HP 5.6 Liter VVEL Direct Injected V8 and the M37 by a 330 HP 3.7 Liter VVEL V6. The M56 sedan is priced at $58,000.
Infiniti has launched a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that will power the EX, FX and M models. The V6 engine delivers a total of 234 hp and a peak torque of 550 Nm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Infiniti EX30d makes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds, while the Infiniti FX30d needs 8.3 seconds o reach the same speed. The new engine cuts CO2 emissions in the EX to 224 g/kms and helps the model return a combined fuel figure of 8.4 l/100kms. The equivalent figures for FX are 240 g/kms and 9.0 l/100kms.
UPDATE 05/07/2010: Pricing for the 2010 Infiniti FX30d has been announced today. The FX30d will be £45,150 and will come with better fuel efficiency at 31.4 mpg.
The 2011 Infiniti M made its world debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2011 M Class will be offered with two distinct power levels. At the top of the heap is the Infiniti M 56 powered by a 420 HP 5.6 Liter VVEL Direct Injected V8 followed by the more practical Infiniti M37 with a 330 HP 3.7 Liter VVEL V6 under the hood, both models will start to arrive in dealer’s showrooms in late March 2010.
For 2011, Infiniti has updated the M luxury sedan with more aggressive body lines giving it a much sportier appearance emphasized by oversized grill and crystal like headlights, plus size aluminum alloy wheels, wave like trunk that acts like an aerodynamic aide at speed to increase downforce.
Both versions of the M Class luxury sedan will be offered with rear wheel drive or Infiniti’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive system as well as an array of advanced technology systems from the Japanese automaker like Active Noise Control, Forest Air climate control, Infiniti Drive variable driving modes, Active Trace Control, Eco Pedal and enhanced Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System.
Prices start at a $46,250 USD for the M37 rear-wheel drive and $48,400 USD for the M37x all-wheel drive. The 2011 Infiniti M56 start at $57,550 USD for the M56 rear-wheel drive and $60,050 USD for the M56x with Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Like the M37, the new M56 includes extensive additional content, starting with the $3,350 MSRP Premium Package.
Infiniti ’s new 2011 M luxury sedan was recently unveiled at the LA Auto Show in two forms: the M37 and the more powerful M56.
With a 3.7-lter V6 330hp engine for the M37 and a 5.6-liter V8 420hp for the M56, the two luxury sedans are expected to pose a stern challenge to other brands in the luxury car market, the most notable of which is the newly-released counterpart, the BMW 5-Series.
To give prospective customers an idea of what they’re in store for with the M37 and the M56, Infiniti released a seven-minute video highlighting the exterior and interior details of the two cars.
Check out the video and watch Infiniti’s tour of their new pride and joy.
Infiniti is set to launch the all new 2011 Infiniti M Sedan at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. In addition to the launch of the much-talked about car, Infiniti will also unveil a redesigned version of the 2010 Infiniti G Sedan and discuss details surrounding the brand’s future hybrid plans.
Just last month Top Speed reported that the Japanese luxury automaker [Infiniti would debut the 2011 M Class at Pebble Beach in a very interesting manner in which they would project the vehicle’s image onto a full sized foam model of the all new luxury sedan. At first we wondered how they would manage to pull off something so unheard of, but after watching the video of the presentation, it is hard to believe that there was any better way that the Infiniti team could have pulled off such an innovative unveiling. We especially liked the way that it appeared to drive away from the presentation at the end.
Inspired by the Infiniti Essence concept car, the 2011 Infiniti M will be offered with V8 and V6 engines. The 2011 M models will be designated the Infiniti M56 and Infiniti M37 respectively, reflecting their more powerful, larger displacement engines. While on the interior, the Infiniti M will offer innovative materials, an advanced climate control system, superior audio and an enhanced level of quality. This should get 5 Series owners something else to consider when their leases are up.
Infiniti is preparing to show the world whatthe next generation M class, full size luxury sedan will look like at Pebble Beach, and the parent company Nissan has just shaken a few trees by introducing the all electric Leaf. So the only thing left to do until coming out with a working model of the next generation Infiniti M powered exclusively by by a laminated lithium ion battery pack is to adapt a hybrid module into what they already have. So Infiniti will soon unveil a gas/electric powered version of the sedan in 2010, followed by a European launch later in 2011.
The future hybrid M will be powered by a 3.7 Liter gas burning V6 combined with a compact electric motor powered by the NEC lithium ion batteries. This technology was revealed this past March at the Geneva Motor Show with the ultra luxurious and even more efficient Essence Concept .
The forward looking concept was powered by a combination of gas and electric motors that delivered a maximum output of 592 HP. The gas burning 3.7 Liter V6 was fitted with a twin turbocharger setup that delivers 434 HP, while the electric motor, called a 3D Motor delivers an additional 158 HP into the mix.
It turns out that the next the rendering of the next generation Inifiniti M class full size sedan might just be what the luxury automaker is going to unveil on August 14th at the world’s greatest auto show, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey California. In a bold move, the Japanese automaker will be on the same stage as exotic car builders like Bugatti and Bentley. However the 2011 Infiniti M won’t exactly be at the show, instead Infiniti will be trying something different. Using what they call “virtual video mapping,” a full scale clay model of the Mercedes Benz E Class and BMW 5 Series competitor will be the center of attention. Infiniti’s crafty technical department will then set up a projector to shine the final design of the production model onto the clay figure.
In a recent interview with Edmunds our old friend Kyle Bazemore, head of Infiniti’s communications department said that “the car will look like it is actually there. It will be full-size, and, if you didn’t know it was a virtual mapping, you would think it was the real thing from a distance... it gives consumers a preview of the vehicle in advance of its December debut, before any actual vehicles have been built.” So if Mr. Bazemore has been honest with us, it looks like we will be seeing the a working model of the 2011 Infiniti M at the L.A. International Auto Show.
Known as the Nissan Fuga in the Japanese market, the next generation Infiniti M is set to be unveiled at this October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Taking a healthy portion of its design inspiration from the Infiniti Essence concept car, the next M has been caught testing wearing some heavy camouflage in Arizona.
Body cues such as the pronounced and flowing front and rear fenders, the swept back headlights and the equally sharp taillights make the new M sound like a beauty. One of our favorite touches is the subtle spoiler that is molded right into the M’s trunk, just another touch taken from the Infiniti Essence Concept from Geneva.
There is no word as to the future luxury sedan’s drive train, but in the spirit of the Essence, Inifiniti is planning on adding a hybrid power train module to every vehicle in their lineup. So not only will the new Infiniti M be one of the more stylish VIP rides on the market, it also has a shot at being one of the greenest.
The 2009 Infiniti M35 mid-size sedan will get more power. The updated 3.7L VQ-series engine planned for the G37 Convertible and for the G37 sedan will also make its way into the 2009 M35. The new engine brings a gain of 28 horsepower to the M35 and M35x for power, meaning a total power of 303 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.