PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.—Infiniti showed its next-generation M sedans this weekend—virtually. The new cars were rendered in 3D on a foam buck at an event sponsored by Infiniti and Hearst magazines at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was the world's first automotive application of this video mapping process.
Later this year, the Infiniti M will make its public debut in the metal. The sleek, new midsize M, a BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class fighter, will ride on a lengthened and widened version of the current G platform. But the real news is that the top M56 model (which replaces the M45) will have a new 5.6-liter V8 under the hood, generating more than 400 hp. Though the displacement of this engine is identical to the V8 used in the Nissan Titan pickup and Infiniti Q56 SUV, Infiniti says these engines do not share any components. The M37 will use the same 3.7-liter V6 that powers the G37 sedan, coupe and convertible. And even though the new M has a more powerful engine lineup, Infiniti says fuel consumption will be reduced. Finally, a new blind-spot intervention system will not only alert the driver if another vehicle is in an adjacent lane during a lane change, but will then help return the vehicle to the original lane.