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Infiniti redesigned its M sedan last year. Inspired by the Essence concept the automaker revealed at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show, the five-seat M is available in two iterations. The M37 uses a 3.7-liter V-6 while the M56 has a 5.6-liter V-8. Both come with rear- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.
The M37’s styling combines the taller presence of the previous-generation M with some of the curves seen on the current G37 sedan. A large front grille sits low on the M's face, recalling the grille on the Essence. In back, the tail rises slightly at its center. Exterior features include:
Like before, the M's dash falls away from the driver, resulting in a spacious, open cabin. A wide panel with controls for the navigation and climate systems sits closer compared with the prior M, while the transmission retains its short, leather-wrapped gearshift. Upscale available materials include a suede-like headliner, faux-leather-stitched dashboard panels and wood trim with interlaced silver-powdered accents. Optional semi-aniline leather feels similar to a leather sofa, Infiniti says. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
The M37's 3.7-liter V-6 makes 330 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque; it pairs with a seven-speed automatic transmission. A knob controller, dubbed Infiniti Drive, allows drivers to program drivetrain settings — including accelerator sensitivity and transmission shift points — to Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow modes. Eco mode provides accelerator resistance to the driver's right foot if it detects inefficient driving habits; it also includes a yellow-to-green gauge indicator to show how efficiently you're driving. Mechanical features include:
Blind spot and lane departure warning systems are optional on the 2012 M37. So is Infiniti's Lane Departure Prevention system, which uses light braking to keep the M37 from drifting into an unintended lane. Safety features include:
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