The M is crammed full of technology: Infiniti Drive, Active Noise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Forest Air, Eco Pedal and more. It will come in two trims, M37 and M56, equipped with a 330 hp 3.7L V6 and 420 hp 5.6L V8 respectively. Seeing it for the first time in the flesh, I was quite impressed. Its very good looking, and no wonder, as the designers took inspiration from the beautiful Essence Concept, also making its first Canadian appearance at the CIAS.
The Essence is a 592 horsepower, RWD luxury coupe, and although it will never go into production, future Infinitis will be taking design inspiration from it, which is quite a good thing. It’s just a shame that it’s never going to hit the roads.
Also making its regional debut was the updated Infiniti G. The whole range receives some new technology, while the sedan gets visual changes as well.
A special Infiniti G37 coupe was present as well, designed to celebrate Infiniti’s 20th anniversary. It’s called the Infiniti G37 Anniversary Art Project Vehicle. The only change is a special paintjob, but it’s quite an interesting paintjob. It was inspired by the Cirque du Soleil and designed by Canadian artist Heidi Taillefer.
You can have a closer look at all these cars in the gallery below, as well as find out a bit more by reading the press release.
02.11.2010 , Mississauga, ON
2011 Infiniti M Makes Debut at Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto
Infiniti’s Flagship M Sedan, Essence Concept and G Family Celebrate 20 Years of Design Excellence
Infiniti’s flagship sedan, the all-new 2011 Infiniti M, made its Canadian debut today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The new M impressed spectators with everything Infiniti is known for – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology.
“The 2011 Infiniti M embodies all of our best thinking, design and quality to date,” said Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti Canada. “It builds on the strengths of the previous generation, delivering a performance luxury experience crafted to a higher standard.”
With more power, better fuel economy, magnetic design, luxurious interior and the world’s first Blind Spot InterventionTM System, the all-new Infiniti M56 and M37 feature an all-new 5.6-litre V8 engine and refined 3.7-litre V6 engine respectively. Starting at $52,400 (M37) and $66,200 (M56), the new M is also a showcase for Infiniti’s advanced, user-focused technologies which include Infiniti Drive, Active Noise Control, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Blind Spot InterventionTM (BSI), Forest Air™ and Eco Pedal.
The Infiniti Essence Concept, which served as the blueprint for the new M designers and engineers, was also on hand for its regional debut. The Essence is a front-engine, two-seat, 592-horsepower, rear-wheel drive luxury coupe concept with an awe-inspiring design that serves as an exciting exploration into the brand’s future.
“The flowing wave profile, razor-sharp line in the upper body and rear section concave scoops are all expressions of several key values of Infiniti design – Energetic Force, Seductive Lustre and Spiritual Precision,” said Durward. “Essence is also a preview of Infiniti’s new gasoline/electric hybrid drivetrain, making it capable of high speeds when conditions allow and zero emissions when they don’t.”
Infiniti also showcased its new 2010 G lineup which received a number of enhancements from the previous generation including revised exterior styling for the G Sedan, enhanced interior treatment and upgraded technology features for the G Sedan and Coupe. Also on display was the Infiniti G37 Anniversary Art Project Vehicle, which was inspired by Cirque du Soleil and designed by Montreal-based artist Heidi Taillefer.
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