2011 Infiniti

Got an eye for unique, one of a kind design? Do you like to do your own thing and have a strong non conformist streak? We’ve got a car company for you. Infiniti. We at Automobile Journal just love anything with that mysterious Infiniti emblem, and we also think these cars about the closest you’ll come to a sensual experience on wheels short of Ferrari, Maserati, Lambo or similar rides. As usual, for 2011, Infiniti is fielding some incomparable iron in its showrooms. Let’s start with the “M.“ Ah yes, the M. Resolutely Asian, sinfully luxurious, and fast as greased lightning. For 2011, the M is all new, and all voluptuous. You won’t find much similarity between the new model and the more conventional--but still beautiful--current model. Yu can get it in M37 (V6) and M56 (V8) model designations, with rear-wheel drive or Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. Available For 2011, the M is all new, and all voluptuous. You won’t find much similarity between the new model and the more conventional--but still beautiful--current model. The M37 features a 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine – with increased power and fuel economy versus the previous generation M35’s 3.5-liter V6. The M56 has an all-new 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 . Both the M35 and M56 engines feature Infiniti’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system and all models are equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission. A special Sport Package, offered on rear-wheel drive models, offers 4-Wheel Active Steering system (4WAS), sport-tuned suspension, sport Brakes and 20-inch wheels and tires. There’s also an awful lot of new technology on the M cars this year. You’ll find Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, a four-mode driver-selectable control of throttle and transmission mapping that helps optimize vehicle performance; Active Noise Control, which reduces undesirable engine harmonics, providing a quieter cabin; and 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, in addition to the Blind Spot Warning, helps the driver return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel in the event of unintended drift; Forest Air™ system, which helps reduce the intrusion of unpleasant odors into the cabin and provides natural “breeze-like” airflow; Eco Pedal, which provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behavior; and Active Trace Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels to help enhance cornering performance. The 2011 M also offers a next-generation Infiniti 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.      Infiniti’s always gone for cool, airy, Asian flavored interior design with unusual curves, presentation and choices of materials. That tradition continues this year with the new M models. You’ll find standard leather-appointed seating, standard Japanese Ash wood trim or available silver powdered genuine White Ash wood trim and available premium audio and climate control systems. Key standard features include Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and power-sliding glass tinted moonroof. Infiniti QX 56 2011 infiniti qx56 In the past, the Q had many of the same identity problems that challenged early Infiniti models. They were based on existing Nissan products, but the similarities were often too great to allow for the brand to carve its own identity. With the Q, the likeness to the Nissan Armada was an issue for some consumers, although they till sold in healthy numbers in many markets. That’s no longer going to be an issue. The all-new 2011 QX56 is based on a Nissan model not sold in the U.S., and the new QX looks strikingly different from anything offered in this country by Nissan. The new model has an unusual roofline that sets it apart from the competition, and you[ll notice stylish portholes--functional on the drivers side-- that grace the fenders. It looks shorter and more aggressive, and to us, anyway, it drove that way, too. It was less ponderous and truckish than the prior model. 2011 infiniti qx56 Standard interior features include Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View™ Monitor, Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System, available perforated semi-aniline leather-appointed seating and an available Theater Package with dual 7-inch color monitors, which allows different sources to be played at the same time. Power comes from a new 5.6-liter, 400 horsepower that has Infiniti’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) and 7-speed automatic transmission. The QX can handle tasks such as towing boats or trailers (8,500-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped), while also offering 14% better fuel economy (EPA Combined) than the previous generation QX. The 2011 QX is offered in two fully equipped models – Infiniti QX56 2WD and Infiniti QX56 4WD. The rest of the Infiniti lineup gets some refreshments and improvements. The EX, Infiniti’s chic, compact “shooting brake” -style crossover gets a a new standard 7-speed automatic transmission, new standard 18-inch wheels and tires, standard Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (previously on EX Journey models only), revised Fine Vision electroluminescent gauge illumination coloring, Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system added to the Technology Package, additional package naming and content changes, and three new exterior colors. The EX comes in four models: EX35 RWD, EX35 AWD, EX35 RWD Journey and EX35 AWD Journey. The EX lineup is due in October. FX The sexy, distinctive, powerful FX series of crossovers now have a standard power rear liftgate, along with 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/50R20 V-rated all-season tires standard on FX50, replacing previous 21-inch wheels and tires (optionally available on FX35); black lacquer interior trim standard on FX50; revised package content; and one new exterior color. It, too will break cover in October. The G sedan gets new “Limited Edition” and “Sport Appearance” models with special content features, Scratch Shield Paint will be standard on all models, and there is one new exterior color. Available fall 2010. The G Convertible will offer a new Limited Edition model with special exterior and interior, and navigation is now standard on 37 Convertible Sport 6 MT.; There’s a slightly different front end now with fog lights moved there instaed of inside headlights, and you’ll also find 19-inch aluminum alloys and standard scratch shield paint, with two new exterior colors. You’ll be able to see the 2011 G Convertible lineup in November. Meanwhile, Infiniti’s letting it be known that they are planning a big 2011 in terms of other new models. 2011 also brings the introduction of two additions to the Infinitii G lineup, and there will be a new Infiniti M Hybrid along with an Infiniti EV.

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