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Press Pass 2004

2003 Infiniti M45 Packs Luxury and Power to Spare
By Nissan North America Corporate Communications Department
Jul 19, 2003, 11:26 PST
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All-New Infiniti M45 Performance Sport Sedan Powers into Mid-Luxury

 

 Segment with 340 Horsepower 4.5-liter V8 and World Class Amenities

 

 

            As the latest addition to the Infiniti lineup of performance-oriented front-engine, rear-wheel drive sedans, the all-new 2003 M45 is positioned between the flagship Q45 – with which it shares many major powertrain components, including the highly acclaimed 4.5-liter V8 engine – and the new Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan.  The M45 performance sport sedan comes standard with class-leading V8 performance and a long list of world-class amenities, with a price competitive with other competitors’ 6-cylinder models.

            “The design of the M45 is highly distinctive, both inside and out.  The exterior offers a  strong, integrated appearance, as if carved from one piece of stone,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division.  “The interior places a priority on progressive technology.  It combines comfort for passengers and control for the driver and comes standard with the Q45’s popular Vehicle Information System with large, multi-function LCD screen.”

            The M45 went on sale at 158 Infiniti dealers nationwide in October 2002, with an MSRP of $42,300 range.

 

 

Luxury That Performs

            One of the most attractive features of the new M45 is found under the hood.  Standard on all models is an aluminum-alloy, double overhead-cam, 4.5-liter V8 engine that produces 340 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque.  Controlling this powerplant is a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.

 


            Other performance features include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which helps improve vehicle stability during understeer, oversteer or adverse road conditions, an integral Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist (BA) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and vehicle speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering.

 

 

The M45's aggressive handling, outstanding stability and responsive steering are provided by an independent strut suspension with coil springs in the front and an independent multi-link suspension in the rear.  Standard 18-inch wheels and 235/45WR18 high performance tires contribute to the crisp performance and responsive chassis capability.

 

 

Distinctive Exterior Design

          The M45’s exterior design offers distinction and differentiation from other products available in the market.  The front end is enhanced by an aggressive front grille, with wide black chrome horizontal bars, which flow into the sporty, high-intensity discharge xenon headlight design.

 

 

Viewed from the side, the silhouette forms a dynamic wedge shape running from the front to the rear.  A long 110.2-inch wheelbase contributes to a luxurious yet sporty attitude, while maintaining a personal, comfortable driving space inside.

 

 

The rear styling offers a simple yet sporty form, with swept back C-pillar, tapered rear appearance and highly visible combination lamps.  Other exterior features include body-colored side molding and chrome door handles.

 

 

Refined Interior Design

Even with sharp focus on performance, the M45 presents an interior that is pure Infiniti.  The new M45’s fully appointed interior provides rewarding comfort for both driver and passenger.

The luxurious, sport contoured front bucket seats are finished with soft, Infiniti-exclusive “Sojourner” leather seating surfaces.  A 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way power passenger seat are standard on every M45.  In addition, optional Climate Controlled Seats (CCSÔ) are offered, which significantly enhance driver and passenger comfort in virtually all climatic conditions by offering both heating and cooling functions.  

The interior also features genuine Bird’s Eye Maple wood trim with a smoke graphite color and a performance-oriented four-dial instrument cluster, complete with amber lighting that silhouettes the gauges.  The M45’s high tech luxury amenities include an optional DVD-based navigation system, Intelligent Cruise Control system that maintains driver-selected following distances and the state-of-the-art Infiniti Voice Recognition System from the Q45.

          A 225-watt Bose® premium digital audio system with 7 speakers, AM/FM stereo cassette and 6-disc CD changer comes standard, along with audio steering wheel controls.  The M45 audio system is fully compatible with the latest satellite radio technology (available through Infiniti retailers).  Every M45 also comes equipped with an automatic dual-zone temperature control with ambient temperature display, illuminated entry/exit system, rear console mounted air conditioning vents and rear heater ducts, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, Infiniti signature analog clock and much more.

           All M45 models also feature dual stage front supplemental air bags, front seat side-impact supplemental air bags, front and rear curtain side impact supplemental air bags and active head restraints for the front seats.

Passive safety features include an energy-absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones with hood buckling creases and safety stops, body side reinforcements and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children) child seat retention system in outboard rear seating positions.

 

Models and Options

          Setting it apart from other vehicles in the mid-luxury segment, the M45 is infused with an array of luxury features normally only seen in high-end flagship models like the Q45.  The M45's standard premium features include items such as dual-zone automatic temperature controls, xenon headlamps, multi-functional Vehicle Information System with large LCD screen, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Sojourner Luxury Leather seating surfaces and Bose® premium audio system.

 

 

The 2003 M45 will be offered with several equipment packages.  The Comfort and Convenience Package includes memory seats, electrochromic mirrors, heated outside mirrors, reverse tilt down mirror, HomeLinkŇ Universal Transceiver, full-size spare and direct reading tire pressure monitor.  The fully loaded Technology Package comes with the Infiniti Navigation System, upgraded LCD display screen and Intelligent Cruise Control, which uses lasers to sense vehicles ahead and adjust speed to maintain a selected following distance.  Climate Control Seats, sunroof and Infiniti Voice Recognition system are added with the Premium Package, which also is available with chrome wheels.

Three stand-alone factory options are also available: sunroof, all-season tires (at no additional charge) and premium natural-color Maple wood trim and shifter knob.

 

 

 

2003 Infiniti M45 Technical Specifications

Source of Production:  Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Assembly Plant Location:  Tochigi, Japan

 

ENGINE

Base

 

VK45DE 4.5-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with aluminum-alloy block and heads and molybdenum coated pistons

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Displacement

4.5-liters/4,494 cc

Horsepower

340 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

333 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Bore x stroke (mm)

93.0 x 82.7

Compression ratio

10.5:1

Induction system

Sequential multi-point fuel injection

Valvetrain

DOHC 4-valves-per-cylinder, titanium valves with continuous variable valve timing control

Recommended fuel

Premium unleaded

Exhaust/emissions system

Performance exhaust and three-way catalytic converter with closed loop feedback and electric dual-mode muffler

Platinum-tipped spark plugs

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Maximum engine speed

6,600 rpm

 

 

 

 

DRIVETRAIN

 

Drive configuration

Front engine/rear-wheel drive

Transmission type

5-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission with gated console shifter and manual shift mode

Gear ratios ( :1)

 

5-speed automatic

 

1st

3.540

 

2nd

2.264

 

3rd

1.471

 

4th

1.000

 

5th

0.834

 

reverse

2.370

Final drive ratio ( :1)

3.133

Differential type

Conventional

 

 

 

 

BODY, SUSPENSION AND STEERING

 

Body type

All-steel unibody construction

Front suspension

Independent strut with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Rear suspension

Independent multi-link with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Steering ratio ( :1)

18.4

 

BODY, SUSPENSION AND STEERING, CONT.

 

Turning circle (curb-to-curb in feet)

40.0

Turns (lock-to-lock)

2.9

Steering type

Electrically-controlled vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion

 

 

BRAKES

Base

 

Front:  11.4-inch x 1.1-inch power-assisted

vented disc

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Rear:  11.5-inch x 0.6-inch power-assisted vented disc

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Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist

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4-channel/4-sensor /4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

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ELECTRICAL

Base

 

Electronic ignition system

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110 amp alternator

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Low maintenance 12-volt battery

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WHEELS AND TIRES

Base

 

18-inch 8-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, “Titanium Alloy” finish (7.5 JJ x 18)

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235/45R18 W-rated high-performance radial tires

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Temporary spare tire

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Full-size spare tire with aluminum-alloy wheel

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Low Tire Pressure Warning System (direct reading)

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EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)

 

 

Wheelbase

110.2

Overall length

197.2

Overall width

69.7

Overall height

57.6

Front track width

59.4

Rear track width

59.4

Trunk liftover height

TBD


 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS, CONT.

 

 

Minimum ground clearance (in inches)

5.7

Coefficient of Drag (Cd)

0.31

 

 

 

 

EXTERIOR FEATURES AND OPTIONS

Base

 

High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, with auto on/off feature (w/variable-off delay and variable-on sensitivity)

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Body-color front and rear bumpers

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Green-tinted glass with dark-tint upper windshield band and UV cut

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Chrome door handles

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Dual body-color power remote-controlled outside mirrors with passenger-side anti-glare coating and integrated turn signals

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Heated mirrors with timer, automatic day/night adjustment and mirror tilt-down (reverse gear)

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Rear window defroster with timer

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Rear center high-mounted stop lamp

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Black Chrome grille with large Infiniti logo emblem

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Black windshield moldings and chrome window moldings

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Power sliding glass sunroof with one-touch auto-open/close and rear tilt with safety feature

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INTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)

Front

Rear

Head room

39.8

37.3

Shoulder room

54.7

54.1

Hip room

54.6

52.7

Leg room

42.1

32.5

 

 

INTERIOR FEATURES AND OPTIONS

Base

10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support

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4-way power passenger’s seat

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Sojourner leather-appointed seats and head restraints

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Climate Control Seats (front)

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Adjustable front seat active head restraints and adjustable rear head restraints

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Driver’s and front-passenger’s seat back pockets

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INTERIOR FEATURES AND OPTIONS, CONT.

Base

 

Electrochromatic rear view mirror with compass

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Stainless steel sill plates

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Driver’s entry/exit system with two-position memory function

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Genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob

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Genuine wood accents on upper door trim and console

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Fully-molded simulated leather trim on front/rear door armrests and front door pockets

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Ceiling-mounted assist grips

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CAPACITIES

 

Seating capacity

5

Interior passenger volume (cu. ft.)

91.0

Cargo volume

13.4

Fuel tank (gals.)

21.1

Engine oil (qts.)

7.1

Engine coolant (qts.)

8.9

 

 

 

 

CURB WEIGHTS

Base

 

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,851

 

Weight distribution (% fr/rr)

54/46

 

GVWR (lbs.)

4,830

 

 

 

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

FEATURES

 

Base

Cruise control with steering wheel controls

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Cruise control, intelligent

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Air conditioning with automatic temperature control, dual zone adjustment (left and right), filtration system and rear air vents

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Driver information display: 5.8-inch display screen

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COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

FEATURES, CONT.

 

Base

Power front windows with driver/passenger-side one-touch auto-up/down with safety reverse feature and remote keyless entry-activated all windows open mode

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Remote fuel-filler door and trunk releases

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Power door locks with selective unlocking feature (Type II) and remote keyless entry system-activated

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Power tilt and telescopic steering column with memory

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Center console with dual opening lid, dual level storage and 12-volt power outlet

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Illuminated entry/exit system with time delay
fade-out feature

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Locking glove compartment with lights

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Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors

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Driver and front-passenger double sun visors with extenders

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Dual overhead map lights

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Front door map pockets

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Dual front/rear cup holders with cover

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Rear armrest with cup holders and storage

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Fully carpeted trunk with cargo mat

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Voice Recognition System

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HomeLinkŇ Universal Transceiver with rolling code capability

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Retained accessory power for sunroof/windows

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Front seat entry assist with cancellation capability

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AUDIO SYSTEM

Base

BoseŇ 225-watt premium digital audio system with AM/FM/cassette, 7-speakers and steering wheel audio controls

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Rear window diversity antenna

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6-disc cartridge type CD autochanger (glove compartment mounted)

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SAFETY AND SECURITY FEATURES

Base

Dual front seat side-impact supplemental air bags

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Dual front supplemental air bags, dual stage inflators

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SAFETY AND SECURITY FEATURES, CONT.

 

Base

Supplemental side curtain air bag, front and rear, roof mounted

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Active front-seat head restraints

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Shift interlock system

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Child safety rear door locks

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LATCH system: rear child safety seat tether anchors (3 in rear parcel shelf, lower rigid bar anchor with 2 positions)

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Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters

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Energy absorbing steering column

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3-point front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors (passenger side ALR/ELR)

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3-point rear seat belts (ALR/ELR in all positions)

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Hood buckling creases and safety stops

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Front and rear crumple zones

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Body side reinforcements

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Vehicle Security System with indicator light

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Remote Keyless Entry system

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First aid kit

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Electronic master ignition key – Active (2), valet key included in master key

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Emergency wallet key

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Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System

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EPA MILEAGE ESTIMATES

 

 

City

17 mpg

Highway

23 mpg

EPA Classification

Mid-size

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Base

 

Electrofluorescent speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel gauges

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Ambient temperature (located in center-mounted LCD display)

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LCD odometer with dual trip meters, LCD gear select identification (both automatic and manual shift mode)

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Analog clock

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OPTIONS

Base

 

Comfort and Convenience Package:  driver’s seat with two-position memory, interior and exterior electrochromatic mirrors, heated outside mirrors with timer, auto mirror tilt-down in reverse gear with cancel capability, HomeLinkŇ Universal Transceiver, rearview mirror with compass, tire pressure monitor, full size spare tire with alloy wheel

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Premium Package A:  power glass sunroof with one-touch open/close, climate control driver and front passenger seats, voice recognition system

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Premium Package B:  chrome wheels, power glass sunroof with one-touch open/close, climate control driver and front passenger seats, voice recognition system

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Technology Package:  navigation system with 7.0-inch LCD screen, Intelligent Cruise Control

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Tilt and slide glass sunroof with shade and one-touch open/close

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Natural-color maple wood trim on shifter, doors and console

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P235/45VR18 all-season radial tires  (no additional charge)

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Standard Equipment

 

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Optional Equipment

 

Look for the rest of Infiniti's lineup for 2003 here at Press Pass in motorsportscenter.com

 

 

 

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