Infiniti is set to have a good year in 2012, with luxury car sales climbing following its launch of the completely re-designed Infiniti M. One of the most successful launches in the brand’s history is the M37 sedan (little brother to the bigger M56). In spite of little tweaks, the M37 will be pretty much as in 2011 and Infiniti seems be sticking with a winning formula for the upcoming year.
For its flagship range (replacing the Q), Infiniti upgraded the M interiors and refined the engines, bringing more power to the M37 in the form of a 3.7-litre V6, delivering 328-horsepower and fitting the M56 with a potent 402-horsepower, 5.6-litre V8. New independent, double-wishbone suspension with coil springs over shock absorbers with stabiliser and anti-roll bar provides upgraded performance on the road.
Drive reviews point to the stiffened links providing better corner tracking and body control, and new bushings isolate bump frequencies, meaning these luxury sedans are super smooth on the road, and vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering keeps vibrations to a minimum. Compared with earlier models, these sedans are a different kettle of fish; quiet, vibration-free and quick.
Infiniti worked hard reinventing the interior, replacing the black plastic of yore with elegant metal, knurled and ash textures, and applying high-grade technology. Features such as blind spot warning and intervention indicate and apply selective braking when another vehicle is in the blind spot area, and helps the driver bring the car back to the centre of the lane. Lane departure warning does what the name says: it beeps when the driver veers out of his lane without signalling, and there’s also a feature that applies the brake to prevent the vehicle from leaving the lane. These are just a few features among many, including climate and cruise control, navigation, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist.
A few luxury interior features include the Forest Air™ system, which mimics the smells of a forest via climate control with Advanced Auto Recirculation and Breeze Mode. Leather-appointed seating and 10-way power driver’s and front-passenger’s seats, including 2-way power lumbar support, are standard across all models.
There’s much to like in the Japanese luxury sedan, which is beautifully sculpted, maintaining the high class of Infiniti luxury vehicles, and yet with many new features, upgrades and appointments. It’s incredibly sleek on the road and on the eye as well. Browse a list of luxury cars to find the right Infiniti to suit your style.