The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program crash testing has given a five-star rating to the 2013 Infiniti M sedans. The new range doesn’t actually have any visual modifications compared to the 2012 lineup. The five-star top rating is now harder to achieve after the NHTSA upgraded the NCAP test for 2013 models.
But then, the modifications to the test meant that all 2013 Infiniti M models have earned a five-star overall crash test rating. The new test added up to the five-star achievement for Infiniti’s biggest sedans by combining a series of accessible crash avoidance technology, a five-star side crash rating, and four-star ratings in frontal crash and rollover testing.
Infiniti M previously got a four-star overall rating. So that a better score could be given to the M sedans, the revised test of the NHTSA now considers crash avoidance technology. M models are equipped with stability control and six airbags as standard.
Meanwhile, the following are optional: forward collision warning, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot assist and intervention. The 2013 Infiniti M lineup includes the M37, M56 and M35h hybrid. The M37 is priced from $49,095; the M56 costs $61,495, while the M35h has a starting price of $55,095. Destination charges are included.
Dubbed as Infiniti’s "driver's hybrid", the Infiniti M35h will feature the newest braking and steering technologies when it is introduced in American and European market in 2011. These new systems are created to provide an improved driving feel as well as several environmental benefits. Infiniti M35h’s strength is also reinforced with its new and modernized two clutch/one motor system.
Simplicity is the key in creating the brakes and steering of this high-performing luxury sedan. Its drivetrain was connected to its V6 petrol engine along with a 50 kW electric motor operated on a 7-speed automatic transmission. The car’s steering is powered by the electro-hydraulic system that is equipped with on-demand assistance. It also offers the dual advantage of the two steering types – the smooth and natural feel of hydraulic power steering as well as the enhanced fuel efficiency of the electric system – while the motor interrupts only in instances when you turn the wheels, thus boosting efficiency further. By combining multiple parts, it also built a smaller system compared to the common setups in power steering.
Aside from being built according to the needs of sports sedan clients, the brakes are also designed to leave a reduced carbon footprint. This characteristic makes the Infiniti M35h the low CO2 winner of Infiniti’s sedan line-up.