TOKYO -- Infiniti will position its redesigned M45 as a "big brother" of the sporty G35 when it arrives in the United States next spring for the 2006 model year.
It will emphasize the redesigned M45's dynamic design and roomy interior. The M45 will fit in the lineup as "a big brother of the G35 (sport coupe and sedan), which has been well-received," says design chief Shiro Nakamura.
Nakamura is chief designer and a senior vice president for Nissan Motor Co.
Infiniti is Nissan's luxury brand.
The updated M45 offers "a simple and dynamic (design) which Americans like," Nakamura said last week.
The M45 will come with a V-8, 4.5-liter engine only. The V-6 version will be called the M35.
The Fuga, the Japanese-market twin of the M45, was among six models that Nissan unveiled last week in Tokyo. The Fuga will make its Japanese debut in mid-October.
The Fuga offers "more interior space than any other car in its class," according to Nissan.
The automaker won't give detailed specs until the vehicle is launched.
The Fuga offers a sporty ride based on the FR-L platform used on several Z vehicles in Japan.
In addition, the Fuga comes with a personal driving position memory system. But Nissan won't say whether the system will be in the M45.