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2013 Infiniti M37 Quick Spin 9
Oct
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti M, Infiniti M37, Test Drives on 10 9th, 2013
2013 Infiniti M37 Beauty Right Done Small

2013 Infiniti M37 Beauty Right Done Small

The new 2013 Infiniti M37 is now in its third year of the current generation and it once again sets the bar high for mid-sized luxury performance sedans.  It features Infiniti’s unique style, excellent performance, impeccable luxury, attention to detail, craftsmanship and the latest automotive infotainment systems.

I tested the M37 model with the Technology, Deluxe Touring, Premium, Performance Tire & Brake packages that really helps to distance the M37 from its competitors.  This loaded M37 makes any luxury performance enthusiast happy and with a price of $61,845.00, including destination charges, easy on the budget.

New for model year 2013 include standard auto-dimming sideview mirrors, an auto-trunk cincher, a new Performance Tire & Wheel Package that my test M37 came and features 20X9 inch wheels and tires plus Sport Brakes.  The Premium Package that also came in my test M37 adds the new Infiniti Connection telematics with available safety security and convenience services that I’ll explain about later.

2013 Infiniti M37 Beauty Side Done Small

The styling of the M37 is truly unique with a multi-layered exterior that combines balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance with a long, low hood and a high rear deck to create an efficient aerodynamic shape-while also offering a room cabin for up to five people.  The M sedan’s sporty appearance is highlighted by the deep body shape of the fenders and doors, which give it a powerful look unlike anything else on the road.  The ‘wave-style’ doors are constructed from aluminum for lighter weight, despite the material’s difficult formability.  The stamping dies for each door are hand polished to maintain their precision and every door undergoes an exacting human inspection, providing a handcrafted level of quality.  The front fascia contains both luxury and sporty cues with an expressive, signature Infiniti chrome double-arch upright low grille, wide-mouth lower air-intake with round foglamps surrounded by chrome at the sides and crystal-look headlamp clusters.  From the side you can see steeply raked A-pillars, chrome door handles, a full-perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse plus a chrome strip above the doors from the trunk to the base of the windshield, aero-styled sideview mirrors, deep side extensions and a wave-like trunk with a high aerodynamic performance that works like a spoiler to increase downforce.  Large LED rear lamp clusters finish the luxury look.  Contributing to the low coefficient of drag of just 0.27 and zero lift front and rear are a series of aerodynamic enhancers including front tire deflectors, an engine under cover, a center floor cover, rear tire deflectors, an exhaust cover, floor side fairings and a rear diffuser.  The large 20X9 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/40R20 inch Bridgestone Potenza low profile high-performance tires close the gap between the wheel-wells and tires.  Standard exterior features not mentioned above include a power sliding tinted glass moonroof, automatic on/off HID bi-functional Xenon headlights with windshield wiper interlock, dual exhaust with polished tips, power-folding heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers and courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles.  An adaptive front lighting system with auto-leveling headlights comes with the Technology Package.

2013 Infiniti M37 Engine Done Small

Power to quickly move the M37 comes from a potent 3.7 liter all-aluminum, DOHC, 24-valve V6 engine with VVEL (variable valve event & lift) system, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled valve lift on the intake side to help improve low end torque performance and response.  Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with the throttle valve.  The VVEL system also offers improved emissions and fuel efficiency by substantially reducing the intake resistance that occurs when the engine’s throttle valve opening is narrowed and output is low.  This smooth, quiet, high-revving, high-tech V6 engine generates 330hp @ 7,000rpm and 270lb.ft. of torque at 5,200rpm and also features a rigid ladder frame construction, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors, and electronically controlled ‘drive-by-wire’ throttle system, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system.

All of the power and torque is transferred to the rear wheels via a refined 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching which allowed me to get sportier shifts when I was heading into steeply curving roads.  It felt so good and really helps me blast out of the curve.  The leather-wrapped stubby shifter was made for my right hand and was great to use-upshifting/downshifting the 7-speed.  The standard traction control/vehicle stability control system can be shut down by pressing a dashboard mounted button so I was able to even let the rear slide out and keep my foot on the throttle.  Estimated fuel mileage is rated at 18mpg/city and 26mpg/highway.  The trip computer read 20.8mpg after my test drive of city and highway driving more than 350 miles.

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A unique feature of the 2013 M is the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, an integrated control system that allowed me to select from four driving modes, depending on my mood and driving conditions, with a large dial switch located on the center console.  Each mode, Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow, adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping to help optimize performance.  In addition to the standard mode (suitable for normal driving conditions), the fuel-efficient Eco mode utilizes a green or amber indicator light on the instrument cluster to provide feedback on driving efficiency.  Available with the Technology package, the Eco Pedal system also provides feedback directly through the accelerator pedal, giving a slight pushback if driving inefficiently.  It is like no other Eco system because is pushes back if you are giving too much throttle.  Other systems let me push the throttle as hard as I wanted in Eco mode diminishing fuel efficiency.  The Sport mode increase throttle sensitivity and changes transmission shift patterns for sportier driving.

The 2013 Infiniti M again utilizes the advanced FM (Front Mid-Ship) platform, which positions the engine behind the front axle resulting in an optimized front-to-rear weight balance.  Laser welding is performed at critical locations to help enhance lateral bending stiffness, torsional stiffness and suspension mounting point stiffness (versus the previous M design).

Giving me the unforgettable engaging drive is the state-of-the-art fully independent sport-tuned suspension.  Up front is a race-bred double-wishbone setup with coil springs, stabilizer bar and double-piston gas-charged shocks.  Quick response to my inputs driving around slow city traffic, and when changing lanes on the highway.  The rear is a multi-link setup with coil springs, stabilizer bar and double-piston gas-charged shocks to keep the 9 inch wide tires solidly planted on the pavement for maximum grip and traction.  The steering system is an electronically controlled vehicle-speed-sensing variable-assist power rack & pinion design.  The M37 also includes Infiniti’s advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control.  VDC automatically adjusts brake pressure and engine torque during certain situations where the car is near its handling limit, helping me to maintain control of the car.  An Advanced Active Trace Control system, included with the Technology Package, helps enhance the transition from braking into and then accelerating out of corners.  The system utilizes the M’s VDC system to help improve cornering feel by automatically applying the brakes so that load is increased on the front wheels.  The system also modulates engine torque.   Active Trace Control also applies selective braking to help create increased steering response in S-turns and other steering operations.  When Sport mode is engaged, the level of braking applied by this feature is reduced.  Those brakes are world-class with 14 inch front vented rotors clamped with four-piston calipers, and 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers in the rear.  Standard ABS, BA, EBD help me control my direction when braking on wet and slick pavement.

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The interior cabin is magnificent-roomy, comfortable, luxurious, sporty, and convenient with high-tech infotainment and safety systems.  I opened the doors and saw the interior completely covered in touch-to-the-touch materials.  The seats are 10-way power adjustable for both up front and the leather is quilted for an extra luxurious touch.  The power tilt/telescopic/leather-wrapped/two-driver memory steering wheel feels perfect in my hands and contains buttons for the monster audio system and cruise control.  The instrument cluster features large Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges with gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters-180mph speedometer/9,000rpm tachometer, plus smaller gauges for fuel on board and engine coolant temperature.  I also love the 7-inch color vehicle information display and the stunning Infiniti analog clock dead in the center.  An entry/exit assist system pulls the seat and steering wheel back when exiting and forward when entering for ease of each, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual-zone automatic temperature with heated  front bucket seats contribute to the M’s outstanding level of standard luxury appointments.

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Standard technology equipment includes Bluetooth, Infiniti Intelligent Key with illuminated push button start/stop ignition, HomeLink Universal Transceiver and RearView monitor.  Other interior highlights include a large center console, rear seat climate control vents, rear pull-down dual cupholders, 4-grab handles, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, power windows with one-touch up/down, power door locks, power trunk release, retained accessory power, standard SiriusXM satellite radio and 6-speaker audio system with AM-FM-CD radio data system, Japanese Ash wood trim, USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices and speed sensitive volume control.  Also standard on all M models is Active Noise Control which generates ‘canceling’ sound from four door speakers (and subwoofer for models equipped with a Bose sound system) to reduce unpleasant engine harmonics.  The cabin noise levels are monitored by two microphones located in the M’s ceiling, with no action needed from me or passengers except to enjoy the quiet, comfortable cabin.

For those consumers seeking a slightly higher level of features and technology, the Premium Package adds the next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation system with 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Info, NavWeather with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast via Bluetooth.  The Premium Package also includes a Bose 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, heated steering wheel and climate-controlled front seats.

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For 2013, the Premium Package includes Infiniti Connection services, including available Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Call, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, My Schedule, and Remote Door Lock/Unlock; and an Infiniti Connection Plus including Drive Zone, Speed Alert, Destination Assistance and in-vehicle access to Infiniti Personal Assistant-a 24/7 personal concierge service that is available at no charge for the first four years on ownership.

The Deluxe Touring Package also features semi-aniline leather and special genuine White Ash wood trim that has been enhanced with real silver powder.  Also, the Forest Air system creates a sense of the refreshing climate and natural breezes of a relaxing forest setting.  The new M37 is a complete sporty luxury sedan that is unique to itself.

Standard safety features include Infiniti Advanced airbag system driver/front passenger side impact and curtain airbags, 3-point, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners/load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, LATCH system for child seats, a tire pressure monitor, vehicle security system, Infiniti vehicle immobilizer system and an emergency inside trunk release.  The Technology Package includes these high-tech safety systems-Blind Sport Alert and Warning which is the world’s first system that, provides selective braking if the vehicle approaches an adjacent lane while another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area to help you return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, front pre-crash seatbelts, and Adaptive Front headlights.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Infiniti M37 $48,600 / As-Tested $61,845
  • Wheelbase: 114.2in.
  • Total length: 194.7in.
  • Total width: 72.6in.
  • Total height: 59.1in.
  • Track: f/r-62/61.8in.
  • Fuel tank: 20.0 gallons
  • Ground clearance: 6in.
  • Coefficient of drag: 0.27
  • Headroom: f/r-39.1/37.7in.
  • Legroom: f/r-44.4/36.2in.
  • Passenger volume: 118.5cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,863lbs.
  • 0-60mph:  seconds
  • EPA mileage: 18 mpg/city, 26 mpg/highway


2013 Infiniti M37 Review & Test Drive 21
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, Infiniti, Infiniti M37, Test Drives on 11 21st, 2012

Infiniti continues to polish its luxury and inspired performance branded name in America. With vehicles like Infiniti’s flagship M37, M35h (hybrid) and M56, the luxury sedan segment gets an extra dose of what is perceived as more sport than luxury for some. Regardless, the all-new Infiniti M37 is one vehicle that must never be overlooked when seeking a well-rounded luxury sedan serving up refinement, quality fit and finish, and an over-all sporty aptitude.

I spent a week with the new 2013 Infiniti M37 equipped with just about every option available. In the tried and true VQ series 3.7-liter V6 engine, the M37 hums along with a rather predictable but aggressive attitude on the road. The V6 engine is always eager to direct its 330 horsepower and 270 lbs-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission, the only gearbox available for the M series. The M37 is available in an M37x all-wheel-drive configuration channeling power through an advanced torque vectoring system, which can split power from the normal 100% rear-biased power output to a full 50/50 front/rear split. The big V8 M56, with an astounding 420 horsepower, is available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive as well.

The new 2013 Infiniti M37 remains mostly unchanged from the 2012 model year with the exception of a new Eco-pedal. Out of the box, the new Infiniti M37 gets an EPA estimated 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. These are not astonishing figures by any means, however, the Eco-pedal on my loaded-up 2013 M37 test vehicle, as part of the Technology Package, proved to be useful in improving fuel consumption. The Eco pedal basically uses a servo in the gas pedal to push-back as it senses the driver applying what it thinks is an inefficient amount of throttle for accelerating. Additionally, the Eco pedal can be customized with 3 settings, off, soft setting and a full-on setting. The full-on setting is a bit aggressive in its push-back, however, you can always defeat the pedal’s push-back motor by applying more right-foot pressure. The whole experience is rather foreign and you never get used to the feeling. After driving 30 miles straight I was able to best my mileage with 27 mpg on the highway. With the eco setting off, I was only able to see 22 mpg in my mixed highway and city driving while getting a best 24 mpg highway figure.

The 7-speed automatic transmission, something found to be common-placed in the Infiniti lineup, can sometimes be a mixed bag of gears. Though in most driving conditions the 7-speed transmission does its job well. However, during some rare demanding times the transmission tends to be indecisive by holding a gear while the V6 engine is required to express all of its low-end grunt. The four different driver modes on the transmission, Snow, Eco, Normal and Sport, all have their own unique shifting patterns. In Snow mode the transmission starts off in 2nd gear while the throttle response is somewhat subdued. Eco mode seems to start in 2nd gear as well with the tendency to shift to a higher gear sooner than anticipated. It is in Sport mode that the 7-speed transmission behaves as it should for a luxury sports sedan not concerned about saving the environment by reducing emissions. Up-shifts feel to be snappier while downshifts are initiated early on deceleration when in the enthusiast-desired Sport mode.

Over-all ride quality of the M37 is good. Without the Sport package, the spring rates are at an ideal position to soak up bumps on poor road surfaces while the dampening is perfectly match to the springs. The optional 20-inch wheels shod in summer performance Bridgestone tires really add to the over-all sports-appeal of the M37. The 20-inchers seem not to add much harshness to the ride quality but really aid in the handling department keeping the surprisingly agile M37 connected to the road. Over-all, the new 2013 Infiniti M37 communicates a much smaller car to the driver giving an ore of extra confidence when pushing the M37 near its limits. Traction and stability control are not overly intrusive, only bringing things to a crawl when it is absolutely necessary. Steering feedback is among the best for larger luxury sedans, which I commend Infiniti for keeping their ‘Inspired Performance’ moniker alive and thriving in this aspect of the new M37 sedan.

The 2013 Infiniti M37’s sheet metal remains the same from its complete redesign in 2011. The large front grill of the Infiniti M37 sets forth a unique characterization for a luxury sedan but airs a design language found in the full new Infiniti line-up of cars and SUVs. The downfall of the new Infiniti M37’s exterior design is that it clashes with its smaller G37 sedan sibling. This in itself diminishes the unique character of the M37’s looks. Additionally, this takes the head-turning factor of the M37 down a few notches leaving it out in the cold when pitted against its European competitors.

The perception of the value that comes with the new Infiniti M37 comes down to its ease of drivability, luxury-appointed option packages and excellent interior fit and finish. The interior of the new 2013 M37 remains the same as the two previous years. Not much really stands out on the M37’s interior. It is almost safe to say that the interior feels somewhat dated. Conversely, the interior proves to be user-friendly and lavish in the concept of a blind person.

On the plus side of things, when it comes to the new 2013 Infiniti M37’s interior, is its comfortable seats, good seating position, an overshadowed redundancy of controls, and long list of options within a few select packages.

Infiniti has been at the forefront of innovation in safety for the past few years. The new features offered on the new 2013 Infiniti M37 are no different, combining the availability of blind sport monitor w/ customizable intervention, adaptive cruise control, distance control assist, intelligent braking assist, forward collision warning and lane departure warning w/ customizable intervention.

The European competitors within the class of the new Infiniti M37 are prided with their long-time history and name recognition. Infiniti, still being a new kid on the block, has a worthy contending character with new M37 offered as a large luxury sedan to go up against the BMW 5 series, Benz E class and Audi A6. Although the M37 may be considered an underdog among such company, a relatively competitive starting price of $49,095 including a delivery charge of $895 puts it in an attractive position for potential buyers. Pricing for the new M37 can quickly climb to just over $60,000 after adding all available packages including the Technology Package (lane-departure warning and prevention system, blind-spot warning system and a forward collision warning system with intelligent brake assist), Premium Package (hard-drive GPS navigation system w/ real-time traffic and real-time weather, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a 10-speaker Bose stereo with streaming Bluetooth audio and digital music storage), and a Deluxe Touring Package (power rear sunshade, in-car air purifier, upgraded leather upholstery and interior trim, 16-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo system). With all of these options and 20-inch wheels w/ summer performance tires and performance brakes (4 piston calipers front and two piston rear), my 2013 Infiniti M37 came to a price of $61,845.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Infiniti M37 $48,600 / As-Tested $61,845
  • Wheelbase: 114.2in.
  • Total length: 194.7in.
  • Total width: 72.6in.
  • Total height: 59.1in.
  • Track: f/r-62/61.8in.
  • Fuel tank: 20.0 gallons
  • Ground clearance: 6in.
  • Coefficient of drag: 0.27
  • Headroom: f/r-39.1/37.7in.
  • Legroom: f/r-44.4/36.2in.
  • Passenger volume: 118.5cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,863lbs.
  • 0-60mph:  seconds
  • EPA mileage: 18 mpg/city, 26 mpg/highway






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