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The Infiniti M sedan has been upgraded to a five-star NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) safety rating on the back of a change to the way the crash-test results are calculated in the US.

Rated only four stars as a 2012 model, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US has bumped up the current 2013 Infiniti M sedan to the maximum score based on a change to the testing procedure that now takes safety assist technologies (SATs) into account.

The US-spec premium large M sedan was rewarded for its healthy list of optional SATs, which includes lane departure warning and prevention systems, blind spot warning and intervention, forward collision warning, intelligent brake assist and pre-crash front seatbelts.

There are no structural differences between the 2012 and 2013 models, with the M sedan still rated five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the frontal crash test and rollover components, just like the 2012 model.

The Infiniti M sedan has not been tested by Australia’s ANCAP division or its European affiliate Euro NCAP, and subtle scoring differences between each organisation means the US scores are not directly transferable to an Australian score.

Infiniti launched the M sedan in Australia earlier this month, offering three variants – M37 petrol, M30d diesel and M35h hybrid – and three specification levels: GT, GT Premium and S Premium.

The entry-level GT is equipped with six airbags (dual front, side and curtains), electronic stability control and a rear-view camera, among other safety features. The GT Premium adds a number of SATs, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention and forward collision warning, while the flagship S Premium gets the full suite, headlined by blind spot warning and intervention and distance control assist.

The Infiniti M sedan costs between $87,900 and $99,900 before on-road costs in Australia.

  • JD

    *cough* so how much did nissan pay *cough*

  • nugsdad

    Must be a slow news day we get this and Mercedes designed a boat !!

  • Basil Exposition

    I wonder if Nissan actually sell any Infinitis in Oz? They could have priced these just above the US prices and would have wiped the floor with Lexus… Sadly sky high prices will make this a tough sell.

    • Zaccy16

      Yeah a very tough sell when the opposition is very good! eg gs, a6, e class and 5 series

      • Basil Exposition

        Zaccy, I agree. They could have positioned Infinith as a mid market brand and used that to build it into a powerful brand. If I was going to spend $90k odd on a car I’d be looking at the Germans first, not this.

        • Zaccy16

          Yeah I would look at the Germans too!