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First Drive: Infiniti G37Xs

Hail to the victors valiant.

by on Sep.19, 2011

Infiniti's G37Xs is a pony car with luxury retirement.

Road trips are usually undertaken in roomy sedans or crossover SUVs. One would not normally select a sports coupe for a 250-mile slog from Chicago to Ann Arbor, Michigan, but then, one normally doesn’t have tickets to see one of college football’s best rivalries being played under the lights during the first night game at Michigan Stadium.

The G37Xs coupe is an interesting work of two-door art, with fender bulges and sleek, swoopy lines. It’s a pony car in tailored duds—the back seat is useless for adults, the trunk on the smallish side—complete with a snarling V-6. Upscale trim defines the interior, and our car had plenty of bells and whistles on board.

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We reviewed the G37Xs sedan earlier this summer, and now it’s the coupe’s turn. We spent plenty of time in the car, both in urban settings and on the highway.

The 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 provides plenty of punch, snapping heads back off the line — this despite the added weight of all-wheel-drive. The 7-speed automatic shifts a bit crisply for our taste, but those who prefer some old-school rough-and-tumble might appreciate it.


First Look: Infiniti JX Concept

The more the merrier with maker’s first three-row CUV.

by on Aug.19, 2011

Infiniti is betting the styling of the new JX crossover will help it stand out in the CUV crowd.

With the upcoming launch of its 7-passenger JX crossover, Infiniti hopes to make up for lost time.

The upscale arm of Nissan Motor Co. has long been an also-ran in the luxury market but has been gaining significant traction, in recent years, as it expands its line-up.  Getting into the 3-row crossover segment will put Infiniti on a lot more shopping lists, company officials suggested during a preview in Pebble Beach.


The launch of the Infiniti JX is still some months away, but the event offered a good look at what was officially described as a “concept” vehicle, but don’t worry if you like what you see, hinted Nissan’s corporate design chief Shiro Nakamura, saying, “It is almost identical to what will be in Infiniti showrooms less than one year from now.” (more…)

Infiniti Offers Tease of New JX Crossover

Maker officially lifts the covers at Pebble Beach.

by on Jul.07, 2011

Infiniti will reveal the JX in all its glory at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Like an “exotic” dancer, Infiniti is giving us only the briefest look at its upcoming JX crossover, one little glimpse at a time, with the maker only planning to fully open the kimono at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.

After providing a stylized tease of the new 7-passenger luxury CUV, a few months back, the Nissan luxury division has dropped this new front-end close-up into our e-mail box and we thought readers might find it tantalizing.

The JX is set to become one of three all-new models that Infiniti has promised to bring to market over the next several years.  The list also includes a luxury take on the more mainstream Nissan Leaf, which will likely show up by 2013.

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While it takes a little creative thinking, a closer look at this image reveals a fair bit about the three-row Infiniti JX.  For one thing, it shares the sculpted design cues of the brand’s more recent concepts, like the Etherea, and the sweeping projector headlamps are clearly in tune with the likes of the Infiniti EX and FX models.


First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

Changing perceptions, one car at a time.

by on May.31, 2011

Infiniti's G37xs takes on some tough competition.

When one thinks of sporty premium mid-size sedan, BMW’s 3-Series likely hops immediately to mind. Well, Infiniti has been trying to change that perception for years with the G35–now G37–and after a stint behind the wheel, one could make the case that Infiniti has succeeded.

See, the problem with the 3-Series is that while it offers almost near-perfection, it gets expensive with options. Not so our fairly loaded 2011 Infiniti G37 test car, which checked in at $44,875. Not exactly bargain basement, but a fair value in this class.

Our all-wheel drive G37xs Limited Edition sedan came with the 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It also boasted a lengthy list of options that could take up half a review on its own.

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That money buys you a pretty competent commuter that has some serious guts. Step on the gas and the G comes alive, launching forward in a manner that’s all business. The V-6 snarls a sinister tune as the G hunkers down, with the promise of swift returns on the investment made by your right foot. The only thing holding the car back is the weight of the all-wheel drive system. While AWD might be appreciated in the snow belt, the added weight does acceleration no favors, even if the additional traction helps keep the car planted.


First Look: Infiniti Performance Line

Luxury maker gets into performance game with IPL; and more to come.

by on Aug.16, 2010

Infiniti has finally come out with a performance lineup of its cars, starting with the IPL G-Coupe.

Perhaps the most significant question asked during the news conference called to preview the new Infiniti Performance Line was, “Why so long?”

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These days, it’s hard to think of a brand that doesn’t have a uniquely branded line of performance models, from Chrysler’s SRT to BMW’s M-Series.  But only now is Infiniti getting into the muscle car game with the debut of the first IPL model, based on its popular G-Series Coupe.

The good news, said Ben Poore, the Nissan subsidiary’s general manager, is “More to come.  You’ll see IPL (variants) across the Infiniti line-up…where appropriate.”

Infiniti Planning Array of New Models

Mainstream and high-performance offerings to be unveiled over summer.

by on May.20, 2010

Sayonara to the "base" GT-R model.

Infiniti, the long-struggling luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. hopes to punch its way into the top tier of luxury brands, in the coming months, senior officials told,  through the launch of an assortment of all-new and updated products.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Infiniti has lagged import leaders like Lexus, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as well as domestic luxury marque Lincoln and Cadillac.  But the brand has been showing some solid momentum, in recent months, particularly with new models like the third-generation M sedan.  And it hopes to gain even more traction with the launch of the completely redesigned QX56 sport-utility vehicle, just rolling into U.S. showrooms.

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But the brand has even bigger aspirations for an array of additional offerings, including two models that it plans to unveil in August, said Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti Americas.  That includes a high-performance vehicle and another “mainstream” model which, Poore suggested, “expands our footprint considerably.”


First Look: 2011 Infiniti QX56

“Arresting presence,” but will buyers agree?

by on Mar.31, 2010

Infiniti hopes to improve upon the minimal success of its original full-size luxury ute with the new 2011 Infiniti QX56

Nissan had big plans for its two full-sized SUVs, the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56.  Unfortunately, potential buyers didn’t agree, turning a cold shoulder to the twin offerings.  Now, with an all-new version of the big luxury ute, the Japanese maker is giving it another try.

Describing the new look as an “arresting presence,” the automaker’s Executive Vice President Carlos Tavares pulled the wraps off the 2011 Infiniti QX56 at the New York Auto Show, Wednesday, describing it as “the future of luxury SUVs.”

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Once again, the market will have to decide, but there’s no question the 2011 remake is a substantially more distinctive offering than the original model.  That, at least in part, is due to the fact that the 2011 Infiniti QX56 no longer shares the exact same platform as the Nissan Armada, allowing the luxury maker more flexibility in its design, which has at least a bit in common, visually, with the latest-generation Range Rover, including the new front fender louvers.

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 no longer shares the base platform -- and key body panels -- with Nissan's second-generation Armada.

Full-size truly means something with the 2011 Infiniti QX56, which boasts enough space for eight adults.  Even the third row features electrically-reclining seatbacks.

“Our goal,” said Tavares, “is to create the interior feel of a private jet.”

To achieve lift-off, the ’11 QX56 relies on a 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter, Direct-Injection V-8.  That’s 25% more horsepower than the old model, even though mileage is itself up 10%.  For those who might want to pull a boat or trailer, the new QX has a rated towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.

The interior of the 2011 Infiniti QX56 is markedly upgraded with lavish use of leather and wood.

As one would expect of a vehicle carrying a base price of $56,700 — $59,800 with the optional all-wheel-drive – the 2011 Infiniti QX56 is loaded with standard comfort, performance and safety features, including the new Hydraulic Body Motion System, which Infiniti claims can reduce body lean by 40%.  There’s a blind spot detection system, active cruise control, a new Distance Control Assist, lane change monitor, and optional dual 7-inch video screens for the rear seats.

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 will hit U.S. showrooms this coming Summer.