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MSRP: $40,840-49,950

2006 Infiniti M news, pictures, specifications, and information


Designed to excite. The choice of either a 4.5-liter V8 delivering a class-leading 335-hp, or an award-winning 3.5-liter V6 generating 280-hp,** means that power is always in abundant supply. Available Intelligent All-wheel Drive helps ensure that less than ideal weather or road surface never spoil the fun. Click on the thumbnails at left to learn more about the power of design.

Designed to maneuver. It is in the curves that the connection between driver and vehicle is felt most intensely. Choose your line and the multi-link suspension helps you hold it tight. An available all-wheel drive model utilizes each wheel to optimize all-weather handling, while available Rear Active Steer helps make the vehicle even more nimble and responsive. Learn more by clicking on the thumbnails on the left.

Designed to engage. It is an atmosphere that seduces the senses. Materials like supple leather, rosewood or aluminum invite the touch. Front seats warm or cool you from within. Dramatic lighting creates a sophisticated ambiance throughout the cabin. Click on the links at left to reveal the Infiniti M's sensuous side.

Designed to elevate. With its smart, intuitive technology, the Infiniti M anticipates your needs. Available technologies like a 14-speaker Bose audio system that gives each passenger a multi-channel surround sound experience, an advanced RearView Monitor that reveals what's behind, and a Lane Departure Warning system that tracks lane dividers ahead. Learn how technology enhances the driving experience by clicking on the thumbnails on the left.

Designed to empower. In the Infiniti M, the connection between driver and vehicle is undeniable. An Intelligent Key communicates wîth the vehicle and lets you start the engine wîth the push of a button. Make and receive phone calls over the vehicle's sound system. Enter your destination into the navigation system wîth the sound of your voice. It is technology so advanced that it's invisible, allowing you the luxury of focusing on the road. Connect wîth this technology by clicking on the links to the left.

Designed to protect. The responsive performance of the Infiniti M not only make it a more exciting car, but also a safer one. Aiding in the vehicle's inherent accident avoidance qualities are an array of state-of-the-art technologies such as a Lane Departure Warning system and Vehicle Dynamic Control to help keep you on your steered path. And it's supplemented wîth an array of defensive systems like advanced front, side and curtain air bags that help you withstand what you can't avoid. Click on the thumbnails to the left to learn more.

Source - Infiniti

2006 Infiniti M Offers Premium Luxury, Athletic Performance and Intuitive Technology

Infiniti continues to challenge the status quo among luxury brands wîth the upcoming introduction of yet another category-breaking vehicle, the 2006 Infiniti M. The all-new M, which went on sale in late February 2005 as a 2006 model, captures essential elements of both the Q45 luxury performance sedan and the award-winning Infiniti G35 – and takes them to a new level of engaging luxury and performance. Together wîth the flagship Q45 and sporty G35, the 2006 M gives Infiniti an exceptional lineup of dynamic luxury performance sedans.

The Infiniti M will be offered in five models: the M35 (V6 rear-wheel drive), M35 Sport (V6 rear-wheel drive wîth Rear Active Steer and 19-inch wheels and tires), M35x AWD (V6 all-wheel drive), M45 (V8 rear-wheel drive) and M45 Sport (V8 rear-wheel drive wîth Rear Active Steer and 19-inch wheels and tires).

All Infiniti M models are equipped wîth an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission wîth manual shift mode and downshift rev matching. Other standard features include leather-appointed seats, Intelligent Key wîth push button ignition, Infiniti Voice Recognition, Bluetooth® wireless technology, in-dash 6-disc changer wîth MP3 playback capability, improved Infiniti Vehicle Information System wîth 7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use controls mounted on both the instrument panel and the §teering wheel, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 10-way power driver's seat, power-sliding sunroof and Advanced Air Bag System (AABS).

The M35 Sport and M45 Sport models offer standard 19-inch wheels and tires (18-inch wheels and tires are standard on non-Sport models), sport-tuned suspension wîth Rear Active Steer, xenon headlamps wîth Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), climate controlled front sport seats and aluminum interior trim accents.

'The Infiniti M is an expression of power, refinement, technology and design – all the things that make Infiniti owners' hearts pound,' said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division. 'We have captured the soul of the Infiniti brand, expressing it in invigorating, forward thinking ways.'

An Enhanced FM Platform
The new Infiniti M is available wîth a choice of V8 or V6 engines, wîth the vehicles designated M45 and M35 respectively. The M45 features a powerful DOHC 4.5-liter V8, shared wîth the flagship Infiniti Q45 and FX45. It is rated at 335 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. The M35 utilizes an advanced DOHC 3.5-liter V6 rated at 280 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is part of the award-winning VQ engine series also found in the G35 and FX35.

Every Infiniti M utilizes an enhanced next generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform currently used on the G35 sedan, G35 coupe and FX premium crossover SÚV. Approximately 60 percent of the platform design and components have been enhanced for use wîth the all-new M.

Like the previous generation, the new, redefined FM platform positions the engine behind the front axle. This positioning results in an optimized front-to-rear weight balance, which factors in weight transfer during key handling maneuvers. The Infiniti M's large diameter wheels and tires are positioned out near the corners of the vehicle, helping to further enhance handling and driving excitement.

The M suspension is an independent double-wishbone design in front and multi-link independent system in the rear.

Sensuous Exterior Design
From a design standpoint, the all-new Infiniti M optimizes both luxury and sport styling to create a dynamic visual appeal. The expressive, jewel-like grille and crystal-look headlight clusters offer a luxurious appeal, while large 18- or 19-inch wheels and low profile tires, a stable posture wîth wide track, and short overhangs contribute to the sportiness of the design.

The Infiniti M also offers a low, aggressive hoodline, which flows into the anchored shoulders and contributes to the sporty, powerful silhouette. The roofline is fluid, while the hood and front fenders are sculpted to provide a solid, muscular look. In the rear, L-shaped LED taillights and quad tailpipes finish out the exterior design.

The M's long wheelbase and short overhangs provide a roomy interior and sporty exterior dimensions. Wide front and rear tracks add to handling stability, while the overall width enhances interior and trunk volume. Also featured are lightweight body components, including aluminum-alloy inner and outer door panels, hood and decklid panels. The M's aerodynamic design results in zero front lift and, wîth the available rear spoiler, offers zero rear lift.

Confident, Explosive Performance and New Rear Active Steer
At the heart of the 2006 Infiniti M is the high-performance power of the V8 or V6 powerplants, each mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission wîth all-new short-throw performance shifter wîth manual shift mode and downshift rev matching.

The advanced braking system is designed to offer confidence-inspiring pedal feel and enhanced pedal response, while the §teering system is designed to provide an engaging driving experience through a high-flow hydraulic boost system wîth micro-polished §teering gear and robust rack mounting. Every Infiniti M also features Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Along wîth its advanced engine design, the Infiniti M is also offered wîth a state-of-the-art intelligent all-wheel drive system. The M35 AWD model features Infiniti's ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, which is also utilized on the Infiniti FX45 and FX35 AWD premium crossover SÚVs and G35x AWD sedan. (concept carz)

The system's advanced torque split control strategy automatically transfers optimum torque to the wheels according to road and driving conditions. It provides outstanding cornering capability similar to a sports car due to optimum torque distribution to the front and rear wheels. Combined wîth the vehicle's VDC system, each wheel receives the appropriate amount of torque when needed.

The handling and stability of the Infiniti M Sport models is further optimized by Infiniti's new Rear Active Steer system. Únlike passive rear §teering systems, this design features precise, electronic motor-driven control. This system helps improve the M Sport's handling performance by adjusting the geometry of the rear suspension according to §teering input and vehicle speed.

The system's electronic control unit calculates the desired vehicle dynamics from a series of sensors, including vehicle speed and §teering angle, and directs the system actuator to change rear geometry by moving both rear suspension lower links. The result is sports car-like agility, combined wîth luxury sedan stability and ride quality.

A Highly Personalized, Enriching Interior Atmosphere
The new M's interior design engages the senses in new and invigorating ways, combining a driver-oriented cockpit wîth a graceful, Infiniti level of luxury and design detail.

'The interior of the M is designed to provide a ‘hand-in-glove fit.' It is the most indulgent, high-quality design that Infiniti has ever offered – one that indicates a new wave of Infiniti interior design,' said Igo. 'It reflects a more passionate interior direction, which is already starting to appear in production Infiniti vehicles like the 2005 G35.'

The modern and intuitive interior layout focuses on purposeful simplicity. Interior features include genuine Rosewood or aluminum trim, leather-appointed seats, Solar Eclipse instrument lighting system, and available climate controlled front seats, heated power reclining rear seats and advanced Bose® Studio Surround™ sound system wîth digital 5.1-channel decoding and 14 speakers including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat.

'This is, without a doubt, the finest audio system ever created for an Infiniti vehicle, wîth sound performance that matches the car's incredible driving performance,' said Igo.

The interior also offers an array of driver and passenger-oriented technology features, including the Infiniti Intelligent Key system wîth push button ignition. This system eliminates the need to take the key fob out of your pocket when locking and unlocking the car, accessing the trunk or starting the engine. Other available features include RearView Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control and Infiniti DVD-based Navigation System wîth a new user interface featuring voice-activated destination entry as well as HVAC and audio control.

High Tech Safety Systems wîth New Lane Departure System
The Infiniti M is also a showcase for the latest in Infiniti safety technology, including an available new Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system. The system recognizes lane markings and calculates the lateral distance between the vehicle and the lane marking, along wîth vehicle speed relative to the marking, and generates an audible signal to warn the driver of a pending, unintended lane departure. Engagement of the turn signal turns off the system, which also features a cancel switch.

'Over 55 percent of fatal auto accidents in the Únited States are caused by lane departures, including single vehicle and head-on accidents,' said Igo. 'The LDW system is an important advancement in vehicle safety technology.'

The Infiniti LDW system is currently available in the 2005 Infiniti FX crossover SÚV, the first production passenger vehicle in North America to feature LDW.

Other safety features include an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage front supplemental air bags wîth Occupant Classification System and roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags and available brake-operated Pre-Crash front seat belts, which tighten under emergency braking in anticipation of an evasive maneuver or crash.

The Evolution of Luxury
'Luxury has evolved from what was once traditional, status-oriented luxury, to what has come to be a more meaningful, personal approach to luxury. The exhilarating all-new 2006 Infiniti M is yet another example of Infiniti's leadership in providing luxury that appeals to both the soul and intelligence of the driver,' said Igo.

Source - Infiniti
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