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2006 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Infiniti Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2006 Infiniti New Car Model GuideInfiniti, the high-tech brand derived from Nissan of Japan, strengthens a 2006 line of luxury and performance cars with the re-do of mid-size M45 as a screamer sports sedan, while Q45 the flagship sedan spins off a new Sport model with Rear Active Steer (RAS) controls. In all, there are six distinct products in Infiniti's Class of 2006, each posed for high-powered action and packed with plenty of premium appointments.

Infiniti Q45
2006 Infiniti Q45

Infiniti's elegant flagship sedans have a powerful V8 engine mounted up front with all muscle directed to rear wheels in classic rear-wheel-drive (RWD) format. The 2006 editions include a Sport model with RAS controls, tight suspension tuning and 19-inch wheels capped by high-performance tires. RAS adjusts rear suspension geometry in relation to steering input and vehicle speed to produce uncanny agility. Power for Q45 and the Sport stems from a 4.5-liter V8 knocking out 340 hp. It connects to an electronic five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift gate and new torque converter applied.

All Qs also carry Infiniti's vehicle dynamic control (VDC) with traction control system (TCS) for computerized anti-skid control. In the five-seat cabin, world-class luxuries abound with leather sport bucket seats up front and trimwork in real wood and chrome. High-tech gear includes DVD navigation and RearView monitoring plus Visteon voice recognition.

Infiniti M45
2006 Infiniti M45

Latest treatment for M45 has little in common with the 2003 original issue, as Infiniti's designers expanded the package and installed cutting-edge electronic controls to forge a sophisti-cated, nimble and stylish premium sports sedan. There are two versions -- M45 and M35 -- each with twin-digit tag denoting engine displacement. M45 carries the 4.5-liter V8 notched to 335 hp, while M35 uses a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 280 hp. Both spin off Sport versions with larger wheels and tires plus RAS equipment to enhance handling. M35 also offers a sure-grip all-wheel-drive (AWD) edition targeted at snow-country markets.

The cabin plants sport bucket seats ahead of a bench scooped for two with adjustable seatbacks. Leather covers seats with genuine rosewood or aluminum trim for dash and the option of climate-controlled front seats, intelligent cruise control and a deluxe Bose Studio Surround sound system.

Infiniti QX
2006 Infiniti QX

The made-in-America QX56 is a super-size and ultra-luxury SUV stretching over 17 feet long. Despite the king-size dimensions and a huge engine in the firebox, Infiniti's SUV carries user-friendly mechanical hardware so it's surprisingly spry and easy to maneuver. Inside, there's room for up to eight on three tiers of leather-clad seats with buckets in front, a second row with bench or flip-forward buckets and a third-row bench that now splits 60/40 and folds into the floor to expand cargo space.

Powering the SUV is a 5.6-liter V8 generating 315 hp through a five-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode. Infiniti casts QX56 in one fully-equipped trim with RWD or AWD traction. New standard gear for 2006 includes power folding exterior mirrors with heat elements and integrated turn signals. Options are minimal -- a sunroof, DVD-based video entertainment kit and satellite radio service.

Infiniti G35 Sedan
2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan

These premium sports sedans with mid-size dimensions ride on a stiff platform with sporty suspension tuning and strong muscle through a 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 hp. Infiniti builds G35 with RWD traction or electronic AWD. The latter is labeled G35x with that letter 'x' signifying the AWD action. A five-place cabin brings form-fitting seats and electronic gizmos governing navigation, communications, safety, stereo sound and the interior climate. The plan shows two sport buckets in front of a bench scooped for two, broad enough for three, rigged with seatbacks that adjust the recline angle for extra comfort.

Enhancements to the 2006 G35 series range from new body colors like Liquid Platinum to more gear in the optional Premium Package like a Bluetooth-based hands-free phone and satellite radio service. Also, a sport-tuned suspension package adds 18-inch aluminum wheels and drilled aluminum pedals.

Infiniti G35 Coupe
2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe

Infiniti's spirited GT sports coupe is keen in shape and slick as glass, with a 2+2 cockpit and a high-powered engine below the stubby prow pushing all torque to big back wheels. The powertrain is Infiniti's juicy 3.5-liter V6 with 280 hp when tied to the automatic five-speed transmission or 298 hp for a six-speed close-ratio manual stick for G35 Coupe 6MT. Refinements go to 2006 models, such as new projector-beam bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, more equipment in the Premium Package and optional RAS controls. Infiniti's Sport-Tuned Suspension Package adds a special front fascia and side sills to the body plus a new spoiler on the tail. The Premium Package brings a sunroof, dual zones for cabin climate, Bose audio gear and new Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation.

Infiniti FX
2006 Infiniti FX

Stretching long and decorated with a raked face and curvaceous fender blisters, Infiniti's crossover wagons look and function like a SUV but handle like a sporty car. They're available with RWD or AWD traction and a pair of power-trains. FX35 uses the 3.5-liter V6 with 280 hp and RWD or AWD. FX45 holds the 4.5-liter V8 worth 320 hp and AWD exclusively plus 20-inch wheels and tires.

Models for 2006 gain a revised grille and bumper, new wheel designs and fresh paint colors like Serengeti Sand. Also, more standard features apply, including a 300-watt Bose audio kit, dash-mounted RearView Monitor and leather seats. And a new standard Premium Package for FX45 installs a sunroof, aluminum roof rails, electroluminescent gauges and cabin trimming in aluminum and wood. The five-seat compartment of each wagon is a luxurious space with sport-style seats and cushy perks plus high-tech equipment in place. (...BACK)