2011 Infiniti M

3 Dec 2009 | 1,269 views | No Comment
2011-Infiniti-M-side 2011-Infiniti-M-rear The Infiniti M has always been one of our favorite cars around here at Automobile Journal, so we were naturally curious when we heard the next version was to be unveiled at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show. Well, it’s that time—show time—and sure enough, there was the new 2011 Infiniti M, looking more robust, agile, and sexy than the already terrific current model. Infiniti’s newest M broke cover at a special Beverly Hills, Calif., event, where we learned there will be two versions of the car, which now is Infiniti’s flagship.  You’ll be able to buy a an Infiniti M56 with an all new 5.6 liter, 420 horsepower V-8, along with an Infiniti M37 that carries a 3.7 liter, 330 horsepower V-6. While the old model had a chiseled, elegant look to it, the new one looks far more voluptuous and filled out, so to speak.  You’ll notice that the front fenders seem to be more deeply contoured and sculpted than before, and there’s a cool character line with a sexy “kick-up” portion on the rear flanks. Altogether, it looks like a nice blend of Infiniti’s G series sedan, some hints of the FX series, and some interesting new elements, too. In other words, Infiniti’s stylists were wise enough to maintain some strong family resemblances for the new model. There’s  lots of interesting technology, here, too. Including Active Noise Control, an innovative Forest Air™ climate control system, “Infiniti Drive” selectable drive mode control, Active Trace Control, Eco Pedal and enhanced Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System. The Infiniti M also introduces the new Blind Spot Intervention™ (BSI) System, a world’s first system that alerts the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area and helps return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel away from the other vehicle. The audio system has always been a highlight of any Infiniti model, and the new M won’t be any different. It will include either a Bose Studio surround sound system with digital 5.1 channel decoding and 16 (yes, that’s right, 16) speakers, including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat, or a Bose 2-channel, 10-speaker premium audio system. Other features include a heated steering wheel, White Ash Wood trim that has been enhanced with what Infiniti says is real silver powder, semi-aniline leather and climate controlled front seats. Of course, the real pleasure with the M always is the behind the wheel experience, and the distinctive exhaust sound that goes along for the ride; we hope to get our hands on the new model as soon as they are available in the press fleet.

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