Infiniti's new M sedan range, already available overseas and previewed for Australia a number of times over the past year, has now made its local showroom debut.
In 2011, Nissan confirmed that its luxury Infiniti marque would at last make a full assault on the Australian market. TMR had its first taste of the range in New Zealand earlier this year, and pricing details were revealed in June.
With the media launch taking place this week (watch for Tim O'Brien's 'first drive' review), local fans and luxury shoppers can now get their hands on the M sedan, and the high-riding FX SUV.
Launching together with the FX, the M sedan range is offered in with three engine specifications: M37 petrol, M30d diesel, and the range-topping M35h petrol-electric hybrid.
The M sedan range features three models and, depending on the specification, three trim grades: GT, GT Premium and S Premium.
The entry-level M37 is driven by the same 3.7 litre engine in the FX, delivering 235kW and 360Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption is listed at 10.2 l/100km, and Infiniti promises a 0-100km/h run of 6.2 seconds.
For the M30d, power is again provided by the 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6, delivering 175kW and 550Nm. Fuel use is listed at 7.5 l/100km, and the 0-100km/h sprint at 6.9 seconds.
Topping the range is the vaunted M35h hybrid, powered by a 225kW 3.5 litre V6 paired with a 50kW electric motor, offering 350Nm of torque.
Fuel use for the hybrid is listed at a low 6.9 l/100km, and a 5.5 second sprint to 100km/h is promised - making it quicker to the ton than Porsche's Panamera S.
All three models are available with a rear-wheel-drive layout only, matched exclusively with a seven-speed automatic transmission - each offering a manual shifting mode.
Suspension is independent double wishbone at the front, while the rear gets a multi-link arrangement. The S premium adds double-piston shocks.
Braking is managed by 320mm discs up front and 308mm discs at the rear - all ventilated - while the S Premium gets 355mm and 350mm ventilated discs.
Steering is managed by a positive-mounted steering rack, with variable-assist power rack-and-pinion setup.
Standard features in the entry GT model include 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels and a space-saver alloy spare, chrome exterior highlights and Scratch Shield clear coat paint.
In the cabin, there's white-ash wood trim with silver finish, leather steering and gear lever, semi-aniline leather seat trim and stainless-steel side sill plates.
Among the M's extensive convenience features are cruise control, reversing camera, adaptive and auto-levelling dusk-sensing bi-xenon headlights, power folding mirrors (with reversing feature), rain-sensing wipers, and double-glazed side windows.
There's also 10-way power adjusted driver andpassenger seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, I-Key intelligent key, power boot lid release and soft-close boot lid.
Infotainment includes an eight-inch touch-screen display, 10gb of music storage, 30gb of satellite navigation map storage, six-speaker audio, iPod, Bluetooth and aux connectivity, steering-mounted audio controls and the Infiniti Controller system.
The Infiniti Drive Mode Selector is also featured, with Standard, Snow, Economy and Sport driving modes.
The mid-spec GT Premium, for the M35h hybrid, adds Eco Pedal, Bose 16-speaker studio surround sound, Centrepoint 2, a powered rear sunshade and Hybrid badging.
The S Premium models gain 20-inch wheels, magnesium paddle shifters, aluminium pedals, Eco Pedal, sports seats, sports-tuned suspension, four-wheel active steer and Dynamic Cornering Enhancement, blackened headlights, dark chrome grille, black lacquer interior trim, and a sports steering wheel and shift knob.
Standard safety features include six airbags, vehicle dynamic control (ESC) with traction control, active front seat head restraints, energy-absorbing steering column, front seatbelt pre-tensioners.
The GT Premium and S Premium adds Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Distance Control Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Brake Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Low Speed Following, Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians.
Storage capacity is listed at 500 litres in the M37, 450 in the M30d, and 350 litres in the M35h Hybrid.
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- M37 GT - $85,900
- M37 S Premium - $97,900
- M30d GT - $87,900
- M30d S Premium - $99,900
- M35h GT Premium - $99,900
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