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jwaters943
01-30-2005, 09:02 AM
The following links have pictures of the both the M45 Concept and M35/45 Production vehicle. At first I didn't notice many of the differences, but there are quite a few.

http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/galleries/infinitim/pages/index.htm
http://www.nissannews.com/

Differences I noticed:

-Lower bumper air dam and foglights are different
-Side turn signal indicator doesn't blend in w/ the side door molding like on the concept
-The white part (turn signal section) of the rear tailights are different from the concept. There are no longer little individual "holes" for each L.E.D. light and it appears that Infiniti switched from L.E.D. to convenional lighting for the turn signal portion of the rear lights (the only upside I can think of to this is that now the tailights appear less massive)
-The trunk lid is now a 2 piece design (strange)
-No two-tone steering wheel in Sport Models w/ Stone Interior
-Seat adjustment controls on top of the seat cushion moved to sides of the seats below the cushion
-Approximately 1" more wheel gap
-The grill also looks different to me somehow (less shiny??)

Overall, I still very much like the M35/45, but it's a little depressing when viewed next to the concept. The concept just seemed to flow better to me. The only change I think they made for the good is the seat controls and maybe the two-tone steering wheel, but those are more personal preference than anything.

Anyone else notice any more differences?

2HD
01-30-2005, 10:39 AM
It's all about the front bumper.

I like the M concept better than the production but only slightly because of the front bumper other than that they are both basically the same car.

On the other hand...The Fuga concept beats them both and is significantly different than the M concept. I wish they would have kept the front of the Fuga and the wheel arcs instead of the stupid "shaved off" look they use for every model now. What ever happened to pronounced wheel acrs that stood out? Those looked great on any car!

NJFXlover
01-30-2005, 12:52 PM
Yeah it's all about the front bumper, all those other changes wouldn't matter much if they kept the original front bumer/air dam, whatever. Though the seam on the trunk lid is odd. I noticed one more thing. Look at the different color of the rims. They look a lot better on the concept, they are lighter colored and they look shinier too.

NJFXlover
01-30-2005, 01:32 PM
Oh yeah one more thing. If you look at those rims, doesn't matter if it's the concept ones or the production ones, they look complicated. They look like they will be a pain in the a$$ to clean. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/tear.gif

Incendiary
01-30-2005, 01:37 PM
Oh yeah one more thing. If you look at those rims, doesn't matter if it's the concept ones or the production ones, they look complicated. They look like they will be a pain in the a$$ to clean. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/tear.gif



Well, nicer looking rims tend to be more complicated, which usually means a more painful cleaning process. The price you pay for beauty, right? http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

SukairainKupe
01-30-2005, 03:51 PM
I posted this on the other thread.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v163/Sukairain/Car%20Stuff/LostinTranslation.jpg

infiniti_504
01-31-2005, 08:07 PM
any comparative interior shots

SMac
01-31-2005, 09:09 PM
Is that a pic of the Fuga concept? I don't remember how the original Fuga concept differed from the M concept.

If so, I have to say that other than the lower front bumper, the side mirrors, and the wheels, they did a darn good job bringing the concept to production. Well, other than that final lower front bumper change. I thought the I was retiring. But that can be fixed down the road (unless that center grill space really is needed).

gt_performah
01-31-2005, 10:46 PM
We pretty much covered this topic but I have no problem getting in more input since we are on the brink of the greatest Infiniti ever built???? Yes? No?

Anyway without doubt the Fuga Concept is different from the M45 production and I think most of us were ready to accept the M45 concept believing it would be the final version. But no what were we thinking. Infiniti eventually showed it true colors and found a way to change everything on the M45 concept we liked and then slapped it rite on the production. Not only did they change it up with minor details as you guys have all noticed, the designers somehow managed to make the production look like a Nissan Altima. How did that happen? I dont know if they should be worshipped or fired.

There were some rumors on this forum and across the web the next Q45 could possibly be a more direct replica of the Nissan Fuga Concept hence being the reason Infiniti made those changes to the M45 production. IMO the M45 production is different from the Fuga Concept but not diffent enough to make a "Nissan Fuga Concept" inspired next generation Q45 distinctive from the M45 production. In other words the Q45 would be nothing but a bigger M45 which would leave the Q45 with another serious identity crisis. Of course these are all rumors but ya just never know.

Jason B
02-01-2005, 10:44 AM
This fits in a little better since it has the other wheels.

http://www.infinitinews.com/multimedia/infiniti2006/infiniti_m/800/48_2006_infiniti_m.jpg

crea
02-01-2005, 05:22 PM
I posted this on the other thread.




its already ALOT better then those Ford/GM concept into production

auntulna
02-01-2005, 10:04 PM
http://www.maverick.to/pics/74_comet_james_waldrop.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/fordmaverickcentral/articles/fordtime.jpg

Reworking a classic design!! How about it?

M_TYPE_X
02-02-2005, 07:58 PM
http://www.maverick.to/pics/74_comet_james_waldrop.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/fordmaverickcentral/articles/fordtime.jpg

Reworking a classic design!! How about it?



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