review of 2006 Infiniti M35 sedan

2006 Infiniti M Press Kit: At a Glance

The all-new Infiniti M, which went on sale in late February as a 2006 model, captures essential elements of both the Q45 luxury performance sedan and the award-winning Infiniti G35 – and takes them to a new level of engaging luxury and performance. Together with the flagship Q45 and sporty G35, the 2006 M gives Infiniti an exceptional lineup of dynamic luxury performance sedans.

The Infiniti M optimizes both luxury and sport styling to create a dynamic visual appeal. The exterior design features a low, aggressive hoodline, which flows into the anchored shoulders and contributes to the sporty, powerful silhouette. Inside, the interior is highly expressive, combining a driver-oriented cockpit with an inviting design detail.

At the heart of the Infiniti M is the high-performance power of a choice of advanced V8 or V6 engines, with the vehicles badged M45 or M35 respectively. The M45 features the 4.5-liter DOHC V8 currently used in the Infiniti Q45 and FX45. For use in the M45, it produces 335 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. The M35 is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 producing 280 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with all-new short-throw performance shifter and manual shift mode with downshift rev matching. The M35 also features an available intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Advanced technology is abundant on the new M – starting with the standard Bluetooth wireless technology, an all-new Vehicle Information System with 7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use controls, Infiniti voice recognition and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS). M Sport models feature a new Rear Active Steer system, which helps improve vehicle handling performance by adjusting the geometry of the rear suspension according to steering input and vehicle speed. Also featured on the M is an available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, which warns the driver of a pending, unintended lane departure.

Highlights of the 2006 Infiniti M include:

Body
  • Sporty, luxurious design
  • Expressive, jewel-like grille and crystal-look headlight cluster
  • Stable posture with long wheelbase (114.2 inches), wide track and short overhangs 
  • Low, aggressive hoodline and anchored shoulders provides a sporty, powerful silhouette
  • Advanced unibody construction with a very high level of torsional rigidity
  • Front lighting system with HID xenon headlamps
  • Lightweight aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid

Engine and Driveline
  • 32-valve 4.5-liter DOHC V8 producing 335 horsepower (M45) or 24-valve 3.5-liter DOHC V6 producing 280 horsepower (M35)
  • Modular cylinder head design, lightweight pistons, titanium valves, continuously variable valve timing, variable length induction system
  • 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode with downshift rev matching
  • Enhanced, next generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform with 60 percent of the platform design and components enhanced for use with the M
  • Infiniti’s intelligent all-wheel drive system available on the M35
  • Quad-tipped dual exhaust pipes

Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • Double-wishbone independent front suspension
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension with Rear Active Steer (Sport model)
  • Enhanced braking system with 4-wheel disc brakes, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) 
  • Enhanced power-assisted steering system with sport ratio
  • 18-inch or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and high-performance, low profile tires

Interior Features
  • Inviting interior with use of aluminum or genuine Rosewood trim and leather appointments
  • Large cabin space, able to fit five adult passengers comfortably 
  • Infiniti Intelligent Key system with push-button ignition
  • In-dash 6-disc auto changer with MP3 and WMA compatibility
  • Available climate controlled front sport seats
  • Contemporary, easy-to-use instrument panel
  • Infiniti Voice Recognition system
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • Advanced “Solar Eclipse” instrument lighting system
  • Power-sliding glass sunroof
  • Available Bose® Studio Surround™ sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 14 speakers including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat
  • Available Infiniti DVD-based Navigation System with a new user interface with voice-activated destination entry
  • Available RearView Monitor with a wide lens view and new wheel trajectory view feature with directional guidelines that adjust based on steering input
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
  • Available rear seat DVD Mobile Entertainment System with roof-mounted 8-inch screen, remote control and two sets of wireless headphones

Safety and Security
  • Available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system with cancel switch, which alerts driver of unintended lane departure
  • Zone Body platform design, with front and rear crumple zones 
  • Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags and roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags
  • Available brake-operated pre-crash front seat belts

Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in five models: M35, M35 Sport, M35x AWD, M45 and M45 Sport
  • Exterior and interior designed at Nissan Technical Center (NTC) in Atsugi, Japan
  • Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. at Tochigi, Japan

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