Infiniti announced pricing for its entire M lineup this week, a lineup that grows by one model with the addition of the M45x. The M45x features Infiniti's 325-hp 4.5L V8 paired to the company's ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. Previously buyers could only get AWD if they bought the entry-level M35x powered by the 275-hp 3.5L VQ V6. The M45x will start at $51,850, making it the most expensive M model, while the regular rear-wheel-drive M45 begins at $49,350 and the M35/M35x start at $43,050 and $44,800, respectively.
Also of note is that the M Sport models are gone, replaced by a Sport Package that can apparently be had on either the M35 or M45. The Sport Package includes unique exterior and interior tweaks, Rear Active Steer and 19-inch wheels. Also, the M35's Journey Package including climate-controlled seats and Xenon headlamps is now standard equipment. There are a host of other minor improvements that have been made to the M about which you can read in Infiniti's press release after the jump. Also check out the subtle visual changes made to the M in our high-res gallery below.
Infiniti Announces Pricing on 2008 M35 and M45 Sedans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2007) – Infiniti today announced pricing on the 2008 Infiniti M, which is on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The Infiniti M receives major upgrades for 2008 that include the first-ever availability of Infiniti's intelligent ATTESAä E-TS all-wheel drive system on the V8-powered M45. The new model, designated M45x, joins the M35x to provide buyers with two choices in all-climate AWD performance. The 2008 Infiniti M is also offered in two rear-wheel drive models, the Infiniti M35 and Infiniti M45.
The M45 and new M45x offer a 325-horsepower 4.5-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC V8, while the M35 and M35x feature the award-winning VQ-series 3.5–liter V6, tuned for the M to produce 275 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with performance shifter and manual shift mode with downshift rev matching.
Other enhancements for 2008 include revised interior and exterior styling and added luxury amenities and technologies, including the production debut of Infiniti's newest safety technology, the Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system. For 2008, previous M Sport models have been replaced by an available Sport Package, which includes unique exterior and interior styling, Rear Active Steer (RAS) and 19-inch wheels and tires. The previous M35 Journey Package equipment, including climate controlled seats and Xenon/AFS headlights, are now standard on the 2008 M35.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $43,050 for the Infiniti M35 and $44,800 for the Infiniti M35x all-wheel drive. The 2008 M45 is priced at $49,350, while the M45x all-wheel drive model is $51,850.
The Infiniti M's exterior enhancements for 2008 include revised front and rear fascia, grille, rear fender panels, rear decklid and taillight design, new chrome accents and new standard 18-inch and available 19-inch sport aluminum-alloy wheels. There are six new exterior colors (out of an available eight). There is also greater visual differentiation between the Sport Package-equipped models and non-Sport Package models.
Inside, enhancements include new standard Rosewood trim, white and violet instrument panel and interior lighting, electroluminescent Fine Vision Meters, new aluminum trim on the Sport Package and a revised Stone interior color. The new 2008 Infiniti M includes standard XMâ Satellite Radio (requires XM® subscription, sold separately), Bluetoothâ Hands-free Phone System and Infiniti Information Display with 7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use controls, Infiniti voice recognition.
Available advanced technology features include an upgraded Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with touch-screen, XM NavTraffic® (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately), 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback and iPod® connectivity, and a RearView Monitor system.
The 2008 Infiniti M is offered with a number of available equipment packages, including the Advanced Technology Package, Premium Package, Sport Package, Technology Package, Mobile Entertainment System, Wood Interior Trim and Xenon/AFS Package (M35x only, standard on M35, M45 and M45x).
Full pricing and option information is available on the attached sheets.
Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles, including the G sports coupe and sedan, the M luxury performance sedan, FX premium crossover SUV, QX full-size luxury SUV, and the EX personal luxury crossover, which goes on sale in December. More information about Infiniti and its total ownership experience can be found at Infiniti.com.