Infinitiâ€™s likable mid-sizer adds a V-8 AWD variant and gets a slight restyle.
|BY STEVE SILER,||AugustÂ 2007|
|Picture this: Youâ€™re milling about the 2007 Pebble Beach Concourse dâ€™Ã‰lÃ©gance, and a brand-new car sits among the old: the 2008 Infiniti M. Spokesmen jump up and downâ€”calmly, ahemâ€”explaining that itâ€™s new, but you hardly notice any changes from the M you have seen for the past two years on the road. But since you are fond enough of the â€™07 M35/M45, you take a closer look.Â
On the outside, there are restyled 18- and 19-inch wheels and a new front bumper. You nod in approval toward the improved rear end, which dons a new, sculpted rear bumper, quad exhaust tips, and streamlined taillamp graphics. Inside, the wood elements have been moved around a bit, and there is a new optional feature or two for techies, including a 9.3-gig hard-disk infotainment system.
New M45 AWD (M45x)
But no, donâ€™t move on to the Delahayes just yet, they say. The biggest news for the â€™08 M involves stuff you canâ€™t see, and youâ€™re led toward an M45. This one has all-wheel drive, youâ€™re told. Previously, all-wheel drive was offered only on the M35x, but now Infiniti has found a way for it to cope with the bigger motor, rendering the M45x better able to compete with such vehicles as the Audi A6 4.2 and Volvo S80 V-8, particularly in the Snowbelt. Now thatâ€™s worth a sip of champagne right there.