Infiniti’s name change is starting to take hold with the QX50 and QX80 officially carry over from their previous nameplates aside from the new badges. The name change is hard to swallow. Let’s just get that in the open.
Not only are the new names confusing, but they ditch all the old short-hand for model and engine size. One upside I know from starting my career as an Infiniti dealer runner is to call the pronounce the name differently. QX4 became "Q by four" - and so QX50 could be called "Q by 50." Still not exactly peachy to say, but I digress.
The EX37 is now the QX50 for 2014, and comes in four flavors of trim and rear- or all-wheel-drive traction from about $35,000. Where does this model fit with the new Infiniti Q50 that is leading the brand?
Style-wise, the crossover QX50 was never really the centerfold of its first-gen FX cousins. Even so, it is an even closer replica of a G35 wagon that was never offered stateside. Near-perfect weight distribution, a 325-horsepower engine and a swanky seven-speed automatic are still the main benefits of this sporty crossover.
Quality and interior luxury is up there as well, but certainly not space, with no quoted figure for the seats-down luggage capacity, one has to fear the worst.
The Infiniti FX and EX crossover models have been staples in Infiniti’s lineup since 2003 and 2008, respectively. In each year, both models came standard with Nissan ’s aging, yet still effective, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, despite the fact the Nissan all but replaced the 3.5-liter with the newer and more powerful 3.7-liter V-6. There’s really no rhyme or reason for the crossover siblings to still use the old 3.5-liter engine and Infiniti is finally realizing it.
As of the 2013 model year, both the FX and EX models will boast the now seasoned 3.7-liter V-6 engine that sees use in multiple Nissan and Infiniti models. This boosts the FX and EX to 325 horsepower, which is a 22-horsepower boost and 28-horsepower boost, respectively. This also brings about a slight name change, as the base FX now becomes the FX37 and the base EX becomes the EX37, replacing the FX35 and EX35.
Infiniti is also adding a few more goodies to the 2013 FX37. These upgrades include a moving object detector on the crossover’s Around View monitor, two new exterior colors (Iridium Blue and Moonlight White), and a new Graphite interior color combination.
The two new models are expected to debut this summer, with the FX37 arriving in showrooms in July 2012 and the EX37 bowing in around August 2012. If any more details on these new models pop up, we’ll update you, but for now it looks like new engines and a few new colors are the only changes to look out for.
Click past the jump to read Infiniti’s full press release.
Infiniti is no doubt a brand for people with money. And if you had doubts, the company has announced a new special edition for the European market that comes with a VIP pass to a selection of the world’s most beautiful hotels and restaurants. Called Black Premium the new EX30d is based on the top-selling GT Premium and will be limited to only 150 units and is priced from £45,671 (around $73,000 at the current exchange rates). Just as a simple comparison, in USA the 2011 EX is priced from $34,150.
Each customer of the new Black Premium Edition will be automatically entitled to join the Relais & Châteaux Club 5C and will receive a "Lys d’Argent", that includes a double room for one night, dinner with drinks and breakfast for two people in one of more than 200 Relais & Châteaux hotels in Europe, Morocco, Mexico, French Polynesia or anywhere else in the world. Your choice.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Infiniti EX30d Black Premium Edition.
With a history of only three years, theInfiniti EX is entering the 2011 model year with a new 7-Speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, and other refinements. The 2011 Infiniti will be offered in four models: EX35 RWD, EX35 AWD, EX35 RWD Journey and EX35 AWD Journey, with prices ranging from $34,150 to $37,750.
Under the hood there is a VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 297 HP and 253 lb-ft of torque and mated to a new 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, DS mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), and Adaptive Shift Control. This new transmission replaced the old 5-speed tranny and offers improved fuel economy.
Also new for 2011 is a new white color scheme for gauges and LCD instrument display and three new exterior colors: Arctic Blue, Midnight Garnet, and Graphite Shadow. Other features include standard 18-inch wheels and tires, RearView Monitor, premium audio system, power-up folding 2nd row seat, Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
Infiniti has launched a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that will power the EX, FX and M models. The V6 engine delivers a total of 234 hp and a peak torque of 550 Nm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Infiniti EX30d makes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds, while the Infiniti FX30d needs 8.3 seconds o reach the same speed. The new engine cuts CO2 emissions in the EX to 224 g/kms and helps the model return a combined fuel figure of 8.4 l/100kms. The equivalent figures for FX are 240 g/kms and 9.0 l/100kms.
UPDATE 05/07/2010: Pricing for the 2010 Infiniti FX30d has been announced today. The FX30d will be £45,150 and will come with better fuel efficiency at 31.4 mpg.
Infiniti revealed today the first details on it’s first diesel compact crossover - the Infiniti EX30d. The EX30d is expected to break cover at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
The Infiniti EX30d is powered by a piezo-injection 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces a total of 235 bhp and an impressive torque of 406 lb ft. The engine is mated to a standard 7-speed automatic transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 62mph in just 7.9 seconds.
The new Infiniti EX30d will go on sale this summer and will be offered in three different versions. Prices will be announced at a later date.
The Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti has just release details about the 2010 EX35 luxury crossover, and it is still selling for the same price as it did in 2009 , but with a long list of available features, including standard leather appointed seating and Around View Monitor, as well as a coat hanger integrated into the back of the driver’s seat, advanced audio systems and a power folding 2nd row seat. The 2010 Infiniti EX35 will start from just $33,800 for the rear wheel drive version and go all the way up to $37,400 for the top of the line all wheel drive EX35 Journey.
Just like the previous model year, the 2010 EX35 is powered by a 3.5 Liter VQ35 V6 engine that produces a maximum of 297 HP and is mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission and is available the automaker’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.
Some of the more attractive features of the EX35 are the new Bose Audi system and Around View Monitor Package that includes an Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purification. The Navigation Package adds hands free Bluetooth Streaming Audio, XM NavWeather (XM subscription required, sold separately) and Zagat Restaurant Guide. The Navigation Package is offered at no additional charge when you choose the Bose and AVM Package.
Infiniti launched the 2008 EX37, the world’s first compact coupe crossover. Based on the Infiniti FM platform, EX37 shares much of its hardware with both the G37 and G37 Coupe. As a result, it enjoys the same high levels of handling precision and balance as well as similar levels of performance, refinement, build quality and equipment.
The EX37 is powered by a new 3.7-litre version of VQ engine family. Regularly honoured in independent awards the world over, the twin cam 24 valve V6 produces over 310PS and an impressive over 350Nm of torque.
EX37 is available with a new seven-speed automatic transmission while the suspension design - double wishbone set up at the front and multi-link arrangement at the rear - delivers the ideal blend between sporting handling and superior ride comfort.
Nissan’s luxury arm will be selling their 2009 Infiniti EX35 crossover on May 29 starting at just $33,800 for a rear wheel drive version and $36,000 for the one with all wheel drive. The more comfortable Journey models will be priced at $35,200 and $37,400 respectively for rear or all wheel drive. The Journey trim adds a six-disc CD changer, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, coat hanger on the back of the driver’s headrest and dual-zone automatic temperature control all standard.
For 2009 Infiniti is bringing back the popular Around View Monitor that gives the driver a satellite-like bird’s eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings, Lane Departure Prevention system, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist and Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning. All these features are standard when opting for the Bose Sound and Navigation Package.
Just like the previous version, the 2009 EX has the venerable 3.5 Liter VQ35 six cylinder engine under the hood mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission; sending the 297 HP to either the rear or all four of the vehicle’s 18 inch wheels.
Infiniti has an odd problem. It pitched the EX crossover at single women and they ended up attracting families. The problem is that since the car was designed for the single life, families were disappointed at elements such as the lack of rear-seat legroom.
"Dealers asked us to make some changes," Larry Dominique, Nissan North America’s vice president said. "Sales are not quite as high as we wanted them to be." Now Infiniti is going for a two sided approach for the redesigned EX. It is going to be more aggressive toward the singles market, but it will offer more rear room for when dad and mom accidentally show up to the showroom.