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What's New for M56 in 2013

All M models now have auto-dimming exterior mirrors and an automatic trunk ""cincher."" The Sport Package is offered with all-wheel-drive models, and the Premium Package now includes a rear sonar system and Infiniti Connection. Sport stone is now offered as an interior color for Sport models. A 20-inch performance tire and wheel package replaces the previous 18-inch wheel package...more

The 2013 Infiniti M56 is Infiniti's top-of-the-line flagship model that has seen a significant increase in horsepower over its predecessor the M45. The sporty midsize luxury sedan offers nimble handling and an exceptional driving experience. When it comes to value, the M56 offers certain high-end features standard that its competitors do not. Also, the Infiniti M56 features a distinct design style compared to the relatively common German offerings in this range. Its aesthetically-pleasing exterior is bound to turn heads. In addition, it has an attractive interior that offers several high-end luxury features that put this vehicle at a competitive advantage.

Exterior

Pronounced contours give the 2013 Infiniti M56 a muscular profile and a sense of organic structure, staying true to Infiniti's design philosophy that seeks to reinvent luxury with modern elements. A long hood, blunt nose, and a shorter rear deck with an integrated spoiler complement the M56's aggressive road manners. The flowing fenders and laid-back windshield accentuate the car's sporty nature.

Automatic high-intensity xenon headlights, LED taillights, front fog lights, UV-reducing solar glass, a power moonroof, and remote power-opening windows provide the convenience that luxury car owners have come to expect. The M56 comes with standard 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. There are six color options: Moonlight White, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Storm Front Grey, Malbec Black, and Black Obsidian.

The Sport Package brings a hint of aggression to the smooth body lines. This package includes 20-inch aluminum wheels, sport brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, magnesium paddle shifters, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, a rear power sunshade, and a tinted front grille and headlamp housing.

Interior & Cargo

Premium material and rich leather give the interior of the M56 an opulent and inviting feel. A heated steering wheel and climate control front seats make the experience of being in this luxury sedan pleasant. Graceful flowing lines and Japanese Ash wood trim accord the M56 elegance and lavishness. A spacious greenhouse and ample legroom allow comfort comparable to a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes E-Class. With active noise control, leather seats, windshield wipers that can sense if it's raining outside, and a premium Bose audio system, one can expect to be ferried in the lap of luxury.

The 2013 Infiniti M56 comes fitted with a 10-speaker premium Bose audio system, along with USB connection for compatible devices, SiriusXM satellite radio, a CD/DVD player, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. The M56 is also equipped with a hard-drive-based navigation system and an eight-inch color touchscreen display. Voice recognition for the audio system and navigation system are standard, along with real-time traffic and weather information. A rearview camera and a sonar-based reverse parking sensor afford the convenience that only the best luxury car owners can brag about. There are two combinations of upholstery and trim: wheat leather with Japanese ash wood trim and graphite leather with Japanese ash wood trim. Several other options can be had with the Sport or Deluxe Touring packages.

Safety

The 2013 Infiniti M56 comes standard with six airbags, which include the front, side, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags. This includes the supplemental dual-stage airbags in the front with seat-belt sensors. Airbag inflation rate is altered according to the severity of the crash and whether or not seat belts are used. When the front-passenger seat is empty, the system detects that and deactivates the front-passenger airbag, which can provide great safety to the vehicle’s occupants.

Electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock brakes, and tire pressure monitoring keep the vehicle at a safe distance from other vehicles and objects. Intelligent hardware and software provide blind spot warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and an intelligent traction control system, making sure that the occupants of the vehicle remain safe and secure.

Driving Experience

With a 5.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, the 2013 Infiniti M56 provides the appealing driving experience of a performance-oriented luxury sedan. A quiet cabin and a suspension that effectively absorbs big bumps make for a smooth ride. A seven-speed automatic transmission and active rear steering further enhance the driving experience of the 2013 Infiniti M56. An advanced algorithm learns the driver's driving style and accordingly adjusts automatic shifting. The automatic transmission has a manual shift mode that allows sequentially selectable manual gearshift and features adaptive shift control. The manual shift override allows better acceleration when in lower gears. This vehicle provides great acceleration when coming out of corners. Available only in rear drive, this Infiniti provides a comprehensive package.

For better control at any given speed the 2013 Infiniti M56 has an optional 4Wheel Active Steer facility that adjusts the steering angle of the wheels depending on the speed. Then there's the drive mode selector that allows the driver to choose between Standard, Sport, Snow, or Eco modes. Offering luxury, style, and performance in one neat package, the 2013 Infiniti M56 ups the ante for its competitors. It provides a comfortable ride and offers useful features, which make it a preferred vehicle by many Infiniti enthusiasts.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Infiniti M56

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Jaguar XF
  • Lexus GS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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