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2009 Infiniti M Press Kit: At a Glance

For 2009, the Infiniti M mid-size premium performance sedan is again offered with a choice of 4.5-liter V8 and 3.5-liter V6 engines and with rear-wheel drive or ATTESA E-TS™ all-wheel drive. The major enhancements for the new model year include a new, more powerful V6 engine for the M35 and M35x and the addition of a new 7-speed automatic transmission for the M35 RWD model. The 2009 Infiniti M is available in four models total – M35 RWD, M35x AWD, M45 RWD and M45x AWD.

The new VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is rated at 303 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, replaces the previous 275-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Versions of this new engine are also utilized in the new second-generation 2009 Infiniti FX35. The Infiniti M45 continues to offer a standard 325-horsepower 4.5-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC V8 and an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission.

Other enhancements for the new model year include the addition of a Drive Sport (DS) shift mode for all transmissions, new auto speed-sensing door locks and Scratch Shield self-healing clearcoat paint finish for all models. The M35x now includes standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) (already standard equipment on all other M models).

The 2009 M continues as a showcase of Infiniti’s advanced safety technology, including Intelligent Cruise Control and the Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system. LDP takes Infiniti’s Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system one step further by utilizing the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to apply slight brake pressure to the wheels opposite the side of the lane departure direction. This slight pressure helps prevent the M from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane without taking control from the driver.

Other available M technology includes an advanced Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with touch-screen, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback and available XM NavTraffic® (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately). Standard technology features include Bluetooth™ Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Information Display with 7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use controls, Infiniti Voice Recognition and RearView Monitor.

Highlights of the 2009 Infiniti M include:


  • Stable posture with long wheelbase (114.2 inches), wide track and short overhangs
  • Low, aggressive hoodline and anchored shoulders providing a sporty, powerful silhouette
  • Advanced unibody construction with a high level of torsional rigidity
  • Lightweight aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid
  • Sport Package includes unique bumpers, side sills, headlight color and 19-inch wheels
  • Standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Standard Scratch Shield paint, eight available exterior colors
Engine and Driveline
  • Front engine, rear-wheel drive (M35, M45) or intelligent ATTESA? E-TS all-wheel drive (M35x, M45x)
  • Enhanced FM (Front Mid-ship) platform
  • 32-valve 4.5-liter DOHC V8 producing 325 horsepower and 336 lb-ft of torque (M45, M45x) or 24-valve 3.5-liter DOHC V6 producing 303 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque (M35, M35x)
  • Modular cylinder head design, lightweight pistons, Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), variable length induction system
  • New 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode Drive Sport (DS) mode and Downshift Rev Matching (M35 RWD)
  • 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode, Drive Sport (DS) mode and Downshift Rev Matching (M35x AWD, M45 RWD, M45x AWD)
Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • Double-wishbone independent front suspension
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension with available Rear Active Steer (Sport Package-equipped models)
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes with 4-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Power-assisted steering system with sport ratio
  • 18-inch or 19-inch aluminum-alloy (Sport Package –equipped models) wheels and high-performance, low profile tires
Interior Features
  • Inviting interior with revised aluminum and wood trim
  • Large cabin space, able to fit five adult passengers comfortably
  • Standard leather-appointed seating
  • Standard 10-way power driver’s and front passenger’s seat
  • Standard climate-controlled front seats
  • Available Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with touch-screen, 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive for digital music storage and playback and available XM NavTraffic® (XM® subscription, sold separately)
  • Standard in-dash 6-disc auto changer with MP3 and WMA compatibility (replaced by 9.3MB Music Box on Technology Package-equipped vehicle)
  • Available Bose Studio Surround™ audio system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 14 speakers including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat
  • Standard XM™ Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Advanced “Fine Vision Meters” electroluminescent light system with white instrument panel lighting with violet accents and white and violet interior lighting
  • Infiniti Intelligent Key system with Push Button Ignition
  • Infiniti Voice Recognition system
  • Bluetooth™ Hands-free Phone System
  • Standard HomeLink™ Universal Transceiver
  • Standard power-sliding glass moonroof with tilt feature and one-touch open/close with auto-reverse feature
  • Sport Package includes sport-bolstered and trimmed front seats, sporsteering wheel and aluminum pedal accents
  • Available RearView Monitor with a wide lens view and wheel trajectory view feature with directional guidelines that adjust based on steering input
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
  • Availablerear seat Infiniti Mobile Entertainment System with ceiling-mounted motorized 8-inch screen, audio/video DVD drive, remote control and two sets of wireless headphones
  • Available Infiniti Interface System for iPod™
  • Three available interior environments: Graphite, Wheat and Stone
Safety and Security
  • Standard Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system (driver’s seat ELR only)
  • Front seat belt adjustable shoulder height anchors with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Standard brake-operated Pre-Crash front seat belts
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints with 4-way manual adjustments
  • Available Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems
  • Zone Body construction with energy-dispersing side structure
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren)
Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in four models: M35 RWD, M35x AWD, M45 RWD and M45x AWD
  • 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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