2011 Infiniti M saloon coming with a bunch of new technologies

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

One of the latest technologies to come out that's regarded to be highly practical is a new system called the Blind Spot Intervention. It is a new blind-spot warning system that stops the car from being steered into the path of the vehicle next to it and it will be introduced through the new Infiniti M. It basically functions like a normal warning system.

It detects cars within the driver's blind spot and issues a warning. If for example the driver pulls out anyway, the M will evade and turn the steering to bring car back into its lane.

The M will also be offered with Infiniti's Drive system, which changes the car's engine and chassis settings. The M comes in the following settings: Eco, Sport, Standard or Sport, which have varying gearshift characteristics and throttle response.

On the Eco setting, we will see the Nissan's Eco Pedal technology being applied. If the accelerator pedal is pushed down hard, it pushes back with a "gentle resistance."

There's an option to switch this system off. Like the rest of the Infiniti range, the M is based on a variant of Nissan's rear-drive FR platform, which also underpins the 370Z. In the M it creates a front-to-rear weight distribution of 53/47. The car is offered with V6 engines, including the new diesel, a 3.0-liter unit developed by Renault Nissan.

The car is available from launch. Infiniti asserts that the engine will offer excellent refinement. It also says that it has worked on improving acoustic quality.

The M is also available as a hybrid. The hybrid powertrain will combine the older 3.5-liter V6 (which is still available in the US) with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and an electric motor inserted between the two.

It will go on sale at the beginning of 2011, six months after the petrol and diesel cars. Unlike rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, this car will be able to run on electric power alone. To sum it up, Infiniti claims to offer diesel economy with petrol V6 performance. [via autocar]

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