NEW YORK, April 6, 8:00 AM Harnessing the corporate power of Infiniti's 32-valve 4.5-liter DOHC V8 used in the current M45, the Q45 luxoliner and the FX45 crossover, this M45 Concept makes do with 340 hp and a 5-speed manually shiftable automatic transmission. High-tech features include an active rear suspension designed to improve cornering performance by adjusting its geometry based on steering and vehicle-speed inputs.
Also debuting (in North America) is a new Lane Departure Warning system that can alert a drowsy driver before it's too late. The M45 Concept rides on a longish 114.2-in. wheelbase and 19-in. tires, so its looks long and lean on the outside. But inside is where this concept really shines.
Up to five occupants can be surrounded by a mix of leather and aluminum trim. A 14-speaker, 5.1-channel decoding surround sound audio system--with a "personal" speaker mounted in each front climate-controlled seat--is available to blow out the jams.
And there's no reason why this killer ap wouldn't make it into production, along with the pushbutton starting switch, voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, intelligent cruise control and wide-angle rearview monitor. The Infiniti M45 Concept makes its world debut here on April 8.