Infiniti was created as a luxury brand mainly for America, but now they have to make more money in order to survive and for that they have to conquer Europe. So for the first time they are introducing a diesel-powered sedan exclusively for the green continent, in form of the M30d, which gets the same 3.0-litre V6 piezo-injection diesel as the EX Crossover and has a starting price of £36,750.
2011 Infiniti M30d’s V6 develops 238 PS and 550 Nm of torque, which results in 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 6.9 seconds and limited top speed of 250 km/h. It has average fuel consumption of 37.7 mpg while the Co2 emission is rated at 199 g/km. It comes with a wide range of standard and optional convenience as well as safety features and is set to be a good compromise between luxury and economy.
When the car goes on sale this October, it’ll be available in five trim levels:
- M30d – from £36,750
- M30d GT – from £39,250
- M30d S – from £41,250
- M30d GT Premium – from £44,600
- M30d S Premium – from £46,600
Premium versions build on the respective GT or S models by adding every M Line feature available, including Blind Sport Intervention TM,Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention and other technologies comprising the Dynamic Safety Shield. Also included are Forest AirTM, a 16-speaker Bose® Premium Surround sound system and Infiniti’s acclaimed Connectiviti+ information and entertainment platform comprising 30GB HDD navigation.
With so many features included as standard, there are just three options available: metallic paint (£665) a temporary spare wheel (in place of repair kit, £90) and, for the GT and S, the Connectiviti+ HDD multimedia navigation system (£2350).
The M30d joins the V6 petrol M37 in an M range that expands further in 2011 with the innovative M35h. The Hybrid’s arrival will complete a trio of V6-powered luxury sedans, all with strong driver focus and Infiniti’s signature blend of technology and craftsmanship, to offer buyers a compelling alternative to the usual suspects of Europe’s executive-car hierarchy.