The Infiniti M is based on the same FM platform as the rest of the Infiniti range, which means rear-wheel drive and an engine set back behind the front wheels. Engine choices (at least for us Europeans) will be the 316bhp 3.7-litre V6 as seen in the rest of the Infiniti range and a new V6 turbodiesel, while a petrol-electric hybrid will join the range in 2011. All versions will transmit their drive via a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
range-topping M56S version, which will be powered by a 400bhp 5.6-litre V8 won’t be making it to the UK (or indeed the rest of Europe).
Infiniti hasn’t released exact prices or specifications, but it’s understood that the car will be aimed squarely at the 5-series and Mercedes E-class, a fact hinted at by Infiniti’s description of the M’s shape: “The M’s design is signature Infiniti, its subtle curves and complex surfacing endowing it with an emotional draw that goes beyond the colder, more austere class norm,” gushes the PR blurb. “Its deeply sculpted door surfaces and front bumper section add distinction and a sense of both aggression and intrigue.”
This last, says Infiniti, offers “unrivalled temperature, humidity and pollution control while re-creating the gentle breezes and subtle scents of an environment known to promote alertness and relieve stress: the forest”. Er, right…