Hoping to capitalize on a wave of consumer interest in its all-new 2011 M37 and M56 sedans, Infiniti has released pricing on both cars along with news that it plans to offer attractive leasing rates on popularly-equipped versions of these vehicles when they do arrive in dealers on March 18th.

Pricing for the entry-level 2011Infiniti M37 will start at $47,015, with the all-wheel-drive M37x opening at $49,265. While those figures are $450 above the M35/M35x models they replace, these totally redesigned successors come with a larger, more powerful yet more fuel-efficient V6 engine and the latest-iteration AWD variant replaces its five-speed automatic transmission with the seven-speed autoshifter used in the base M37. Equally important, they complement a far bolder exterior appearance and more elegant interior treatments with a host of new high-end standard features including active noise cancellation, a four-setting Infiniti Drive Mode Selector and enhanced capabilities for the Intelligent Key memory system.

At the top end of the 2011 Infiniti M line, the new M56 will base at $58,615 and the M56x at $60,915. While those figures reflect a $4,500 direct increase over the 2010 models they supplant, major upgrades to the powertrain and packaging trim those bumps on comparably equipped variants down to $2,050 and $750, respectively. The single biggest luxury tweak comes in the form of the $3,350 Premium Package, which went from optional to standard in this pair and brings a navigation system, Bose premium sound with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive, Bluetooth streaming audio, climate controlled front seats and a heated steering wheel. Underhood, an all-new 5.6-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque -- 95 more ponies and 24 percent more peak twist than the engine in the 2010 M56. Despite that extra muscle, it also gets better mpg, thanks in part to being paired with a new seven-speed automatic transmission that replaces the five-speed used previously.

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