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Infiniti diesel saloon announced

  • New M30d has 235bhp diesel V6 that does 37.7mpg
  • Comes with high levels of equipment and luxury trim
  • On sale in October at £36,750, with hybrid to follow

Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti, has released prices and details for a new diesel saloon, the most recent competitor against cars like the BMW 5-series and Audi A6.

The M30d, which does 0-60 in 6.9 seconds, comes with a 235bhp diesel V6. CO2 emissions are down to 199g/km - meaning it will sit in the 31% band of company car taxation. This means buyers will pay £189.88 per month on the lower 20% tax bracket and £379.75 per month on the higher 40% bracket.

Five trim levels are available and every M30d saloon is rear-wheel drive, while S versions come with 4-wheel active steering. The new car also comes with anti-collision and driver safety systems while top specification cars come with 'Blind Spot Intervention' that detects cars nearby and prevents the driver steering into them.

Debut luxury features available include active noise control and an innovative climate control system called 'Forest Air', designed to relieve stress and keep the driver alert.

Even standard models come with lots of equipment - with the base car having a seven-speed automatic transmission, bi-Xenon lights, 10-way power front seats, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, a hard disk drive sound system and a drive mode selector that allows the driver to customize the car depending on the conditions, such as snow.

Because the cars come with so much as standard, there aren't many options - but you can get metallic paint for an extra £665, a temporary spare wheel instead of a repair kit for £90 and an entertainment and navigation system for £2,350.

The new diesel model joins the current V6 petrol M37, in a range that will further expand in 2011 with a hybrid version, the M35h.

The Infiniti M30d, which is only available in Europe, costs £36,750 and is available to specify online, or at your local dealer, now. Delivery is expected to start in October 2010.