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On Styling
On Styling
The latest Infiniti M sedan's a striking departure, inside and out.
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The soft, flowing lines of the redesigned M...instantly make the 2009 M appear dated, narrow and even a bit frumpy.
Inside Line

...A richer ambiance than its predecessor.
Motor Trend

...An optional deluxe touring package...is dressed up with hand-finished, white ash wood sprinkled with (get this!) actual silver powder. It may sound a little Liberace, but it’s actually quite subtle. And pretty gorgeous.
Automobile

Squint hard enough and you can see what the Porsche Panamera should have looked like.
Autoblog

...Both models are in fact quite handsome and stand out far more than the previous, anonymous Mr. M.
Car and Driver

Inspiration has taken charge of the big Infiniti M, by way of the 2009 Essence concept. Borrowing cues from that styling-studio exercise, the 2011 M is the most graceful, voluptuous Infiniti yet. Swelling fenders flow from the car's grille, and flex from concave to convex surfaces along its shoulder, ending in an abbreviated, sloping trunk. It's a long, long way from the ungainly old Infiniti J30, for sure--though in person the M seems to sit a little tall on its tires. The whole car bears a much-improved, more aggressive look than the somewhat bland wrapper of the previous M--especially with the big five-spoke wheels on some models that would fit right on a Nissan 370Z roadster. It’s far more expressive than just about everything in its class, even the ravishing Jaguar XF.

The 2011 M's interior pushes Japanese tradition and technology-adds ons into an opulent marriage. There's wood trim, lots of leather hides, and on some versions, a special wood trim treated with silver dust. It's an elegant and neatly arranged cockpit, rich in feel and visual appeal. The center console sits up and out prominently, like a jewelry case, and wears buttons for audio and climate controls that sit under under a large LCD screen that displays their outputs. The M exudes refinement: it has more wood trim than a Jaguar XF, and that wave of organica is more compelling than the usual afterthought applications. The versions fitted with silver-dust-buffed wood trim, a sueded headliner and semi-aniline leather (meaning, it’s not buffed of all imperfections) are Infiniti’s best yet. It’s substantial and attractive, and a sensual score even in this pricey class.

Conclusion

The latest Infiniti M sedan's a striking departure, inside and out.

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