Infiniti's 5 Series rival

* Petrol, diesel and hybrid coming * In the showrooms from September * Will cost from 36,000...

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What Car? Staff
19 February 2010

Infiniti's 5 Series rival

The Infiniti M Series a rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series will hit UK showrooms by September, from around 36,000.

Initially, it will be powered by a 3.7 V6 petrol engine, but a 3.0-litre V6 diesel will follow just a month later.

A petrol-electric hybrid, with a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor, is expected by February 2011.

The M Series is a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive saloon that can be ordered with an updated version of Infiniti's four-wheel-steering system.

All models come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and Infiniti's Drive system, which allows the driver to switch between four set-ups: Sport, Eco, Standard and Snow.

Switching modes adjusts the transmission and engine mapping, and the responses from the four-wheel-steering system.

The M Series will have what Infiniti says is a world-first safety feature a blind-spot intervention system that will pull the car back into its lane if it detects a car approaching in the blind spot.