Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
June 11, 2012
As the 2012 model year comes to a close, automakers begin to announce changes to their lineup for the coming year. This past week, Infiniti made an announcement as to their changes for the coming model year.
First off, the Infiniti G25 will be gone after 2012. Positioned as the base model in the G sedan lineup, the G25 used a 2.5L V6 producing 218 HP. Infiniti didn't give a reason as to why they're dropping the G25, but the close proximity between it and the G37 in price and the strong Yen are likely reasons.
Also, Infiniti announced the EX and FX crossovers will get a engine transplant. Infiniti will bid adieu to the 3.5L V6 and place the 3.7L V6 producing 325 HP into both vehicles.
Press Release is on Page 2
The 2013 Infiniti Lineup: Charting the Changes
Building on the recent introduction of the all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover, the Infiniti lineup enters the 2013 model year with a number of key product enhancements – led by the addition of standard 3.7-liter V6 engines for the Infiniti EX and V6 versions of the Infiniti FX. The new models are designated the Infiniti EX37 and FX37 (the 5.0-liter V8-equipped FX50 AWD model also remains available). Another new model, the IPL G Convertible, joins the G Convertible lineup.
Other enhancements for the new model year include the addition of the advanced Moving Object Detection system, first introduced on the Infiniti JX, to the standard Around View® Monitor on the Infiniti QX and FX. Also, the popular Sport Package is offered for the first time with Infiniti M AWD models.
All 2013 Infiniti vehicles come with Infiniti Personal Assistant, a live 24/7 personal concierge service, included free of charge for the first four years of ownership.
Key changes to the 2013 Infiniti lineup include, but are not limited to, the following:
Infiniti JX Luxury Crossover
- Introduced in spring 2012
- Offers 3-row / 7-passenger seating
- Designed to push the boundaries of what a luxury crossover can be
- Unique features include exceptional seating flexibility and easy access to the roomy 3rd row (without having to remove a 2nd row child seat)
- Available advanced technology includes Infiniti Connection™ and world’s first Back-Up Collision Intervention™ (BCI) system
- Starting M.S.R.P. of $40,450 USD
- Available now
Infiniti M Performance Luxury Sedan
- The popular Sport Package is offered for the first time with Infiniti M AWD models
- Sport Package includes features such as 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, Sport Brakes, solid magnesium paddle shifters, sport seats with enhanced bolstering and unique front fascia
- The M56 AWD Sport Package also adds the content of the Sport Touring Package (Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with 16 speakers, Forest Air® system and power rear sunshade)
- The Premium Package now includes rear sonar system and Infiniti Connection™
- All 2013 Infiniti M models add auto-dimming sideview mirrors and an auto-trunk cincher
- A new Stone Sport interior color is offered with Sport models
- A new Performance Tire & Wheel Package with 20-inch wheels and tires and Sport Brakes replaces the previous 18-inch Wheel Package
- Available July 2012
Infiniti G Sedan
- A simplified lineup for 2013 with three available models: G37 Sedan Journey, G37 Sedan Sport 6MT and G37x Sedan AWD
- The previously available G25 Sedan, G37 Sport Appearance Edition and G37 Limited Edition are discontinued (the 2012 Infiniti G25 will be available through Dec. 2012)
- There are no major enhancements
- Available September 2012
Infiniti G Coupe
- For 2013, the G37 Coupe base model is no longer available
- Revised Stone interior color with Graphite components (Wheat interior color is no longer available)
- Standard Silk Obi aluminum interior trim replaces the previous Shodo aluminum trim
- Available now
Infiniti G Convertible
- No changes to the G37 Convertible and G37 Convertible Sport 6MT models
- Available now
IPL G Coupe
- IPL logo replaces the previous Infiniti logo on IPL model front seatbacks
- Monaco Red interior now also offered on G37 Coupe IPL 6MT models and Graphite Shadow exterior color (previously offered only with the 7AT and Malbec Black exterior)
- Available now
IPL G Convertible
- IPL G Convertible joins IPL lineup
- IPL G Convertible includes an array of special performance and luxury upgrades – including 18 extra horsepower (343 hp), 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with Graphite finish, Sport Brakes, IPL-tuned exhaust and suspension, unique front fascia and side sills, and climate-controlled front seats with IPL logo.
- Available now
Infiniti QX Full-Size Luxury SUV
- Moving Objection Detection (MOD) added to the standard Around View® Monitor
- New standard auto-dimming exterior mirrors
- Upgraded remote control and interface added to the Theater Package
- New Smoky Quartz exterior color (replaces Mountain Sage)
- Available September 2012
Infiniti FX Performance Luxury Crossover
- FX37 model replaces previous FX35, includes standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 (replaces previous 3.5-liter V6)
- Moving Objection Detection (MOD) added to the available Around View® Monitor
- Iridium Blue exterior color now offered for all models except Limited Edition
- Limited Edition available only with Moonlight White exterior and Graphite interior color combination
- Java interior color now available with Liquid Platinum and Graphite Shadow exterior colors
- Available July 2012
Infiniti EX Luxury Crossover
- EX37 model replaces previous EX35 model
- 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 standard (replaces previous 3.5-liter V6)
- Available August 2012
Following is a more detailed overview of Infiniti products for the 2013 model year:
2013 Infiniti JX
The all-new Infiniti JX offers real 3-row utility, plus all the premium features, performance and innovations that Infiniti has become known for worldwide. The breakthrough JX design offers excellent legroom in all three rows and ample cargo room behind the 3rd row. In addition, an innovative multi-mode middle seat design provides entry to the 3rd row without removing a 2nd row child seat.
The JX also continues Infiniti’s tradition of developing world’s first technologies with the introduction of the Back-Up Collision Intervention™ (BCI) system. With this technology, when the transmission is in reverse, the JX will help the driver detect crossing vehicles, as well as objects behind the vehicle, and, if necessary, the system can automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision.
Among the other advanced standard or available technology found throughout the new JX are Infiniti Connection™ with Google CalendarTM, Drive Zone/Speed Alert and Infiniti Personal Assistant; Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD); Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP); Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range); Distance Control Assist (DCA); Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Active Trace Control; Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts; and a Bose® Cabin Surround® 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and new Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer.
Offered in both front-wheel drive and with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the JX features a standard 265-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to provide high responsiveness and seamless, efficient shifting feel. The CVT can mimic a step transmission when the Sport mode of the Infiniti drive selector is engaged. The CVT design also features a wide gear ratio and low friction design.
Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg Highway, 18 mpg City and a real-world 21 mpg Combined for the FWD model and 23 mpg Highway, 18 mpg City and 20 mpg Combined for the AWD model – while still offering the power to carry a full load or passengers and cargo.
The 2013 JX is offered in two fully equipped models – Infiniti JX35 FWD and Infiniti JX35 AWD – and is assembled in Smyrna, Tenn.
2013 Infiniti M
For the 2013 model year, the Infiniti M Sedan is again offered in five well-equipped performance luxury models – M37 RWD, M37x AWD, M56 RWD, M56x AWD and M35h RWD with 3.5-liter Direct Response Hybrid™ System. It is on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide.
The M37 features a 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine, while the M56 offers a 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8. Both engines feature Infiniti’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system and all models are equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission. Both the M37 and M56 are available with rear-wheel drive or Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. A special Sport Package, available for the first time on AWD and RWD models, includes 4-Wheel Active Steer (4WAS) on RWD only, sport-tuned suspension, Sport Brakes and 20-inch wheels and tires.
The Infiniti M Hybrid delivers V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel efficiency. Powered by the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ System, it is the first V6 true luxury performance “driver’s” hybrid – and the only such vehicle to offer more than 350 horsepower (360 net horsepower) and 32 mpg fuel economy. Estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, with combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg.
All five 2013 Infiniti M models once again combine dramatic sports exterior styling with a roomy, comfortable interior environment that features standard leather-appointed seating, standard Japanese Ash wood trim or available silver powdered genuine White Ash wood trim and available premium audio and climate control systems. Key standard features include Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and power sliding glass tinted moonroof.
The 2013 Infiniti M remains a showcase for Infiniti’s advanced, user-focused technologies, including:
- Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, a four-mode driver-selectable control of throttle and transmission mapping that helps optimize vehicle performance.
- Active Noise Control, which reduces undesirable engine harmonics, providing a quieter cabin.
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area; Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI), a world’s first system that, in addition to the Blind Spot Warning, helps the driver return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel.
- Forest Air® system, which helps reduce the intrusion of unpleasant odors into the cabin and provides natural “breeze-like” airflow.
- Eco Pedal, which provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behavior
- Active Trace Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels to help enhance cornering performance.
The 2013 M also offers a next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.
2013 INFINITI G LINE
Infiniti’s best-selling nameplate, the Infiniti G, is again offered in three body configurations – G Sedan, G Coupe and G Convertible, each powered by a proven 3.7-liter V6. In addition, both the Coupe and Convertible are available as part of the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, with specially modified exteriors, interiors and drivertrains – including increased horsepower and sport-tuned suspensions. Full information on each Infiniti G model follows.
2013 Infiniti G Sedan
The G Sedan features a streamlined model lineup for 2013 with three available models: G37 Sedan Journey, G37 Sedan Sport 6MT and G37x Sedan AWD. They become available in September 2012.
The 2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan features a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter VVEL V6 and choice of 7-speed automatic (Journey and AWD) or 6-speed manual (Sport 6MT) transmissions. Each offers the proven FM (Front Mid-ship) platform featuring a 4-wheel independent suspension with lightweight aluminum components to provide responsive acceleration and agile handling. The G Sedan AWD model adds Infiniti’s “intelligent” ATTESA E-TSâ all-wheel drive system.
All 2013 G Sedans continue to offer a strikingly seductive exterior, defined by its sleek wave-form hood, signature G-style taillights and raked A-pillars and athletic stance. Inside, the G Sedan provides a crafted, heritage-inspired interior environment and luxury features such as standard leather-appointed seating and an available audiophile-quality Infiniti Studio on Wheelsâ by Boseâ.
Advanced technologies offered include Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and RearView Monitor; a touch screen Infiniti Navigation System with NavTraffic real-time traffic information (SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription required, sold separately);Intelligent Cruise Control; and Brake Assist with Preview Braking.
2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe
For 2013, the G Coupe lineup includes three models: Infiniti G37 Coupe Journey, Infiniti G37x Coupe AWD and Infiniti G37 Coupe Sport 6MT. The G Coupe is available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive and comes equipped with a standard 3.7-liter VQ-series V6 with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque (non-IPL models). The engine is backed by a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with available magnesium paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual.
All G Coupes are marked by a dynamic exterior design featuring seductive and muscular shapes, including flowing front fender lines with low silhouette roofline, strong side character lines and side sills, wave-form hood, integrated fog lamps and double-arch grille, and Infiniti signature L-shape High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights and large LED Infiniti G-style taillights,
Inside, the G37 Coupe blends unique materials and finishes with traditional Japanese design cues. Interior features include a predominately white color scheme for the gauges and LCD instrument display, “Silk Obi” aluminum trim and available high-gloss Maple accents. The 2013 G37 Coupe also includes an extensive list of available technology features, including a touch screen navigation system with NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic information (SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription required, sold separately), standard RearView Monitor and an available 11-speaker Infiniti Studio on Wheels® by Bose® audio system.
The Infiniti G37 Coupe is on sale now.
2013 Infiniti G37 Convertible
The 2013 G Convertible comes equipped with a 3.7-liter VQ-series V6 with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 325 horsepower and backed by a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with available solid magnesium paddle shifters or a responsive close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. The G37 Convertible Sport 6MT adds sport-tuned steering and larger sport brakes, along with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and W-rated performance tires.
Unique G Convertible features (versus the Infiniti G Coupe) include a wider rear track, modified rear suspension and a special convertible-focused interior with rear Pop-up Roll Bars and available Bose® front seat Personal Speakers and available climate-controlled front seats. Its exclusive body structure for open-top use includes unique panels from A-pillar rearward (compared to the G Coupe) and an exclusive three-piece power retractable hardtop with one-button operation.
All G Convertible models also offer standard leather-appointed seating and an available Bose® Open Air Sound System that dynamically changes equalization based on outside noise, vehicle speed, and top position, and an adaptive climate control system that adjusts fan speed in accordance to top position and vehicle speed.
Technology features include standard RearView Monitor, available Pre-Crash Seat Belts and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), and available Infiniti Navigation System.
2013 IPL G Coupe, IPL G Convertible
For 2013, the Infiniti Performance Line expands to include a new IPL G Convertible to the previously available IPL G Coupe.
The limited production IPL G Coupe is offered in two models, the IPL G Coupe with 7speed automatic transmission and IPL G Coupe 6MT with 6-speed manual transmission. Each features an advanced VQ37HR 3.7-liter V6 engine that generates 348 horsepower – an increase of 18 horsepower over the non-IPL G Coupe models – and 276 lb-ft of torque (+6 lb-ft). The IPL G Coupe’s unique exterior includes a dramatic front and rear bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills, rear spoiler and exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels and low-profile W-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE50A performance tires. The IPL G Coupe is offered in just two exterior colors: Graphite Shadow and Malbec Black.
The new IPL G Convertible, which was announced at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, joins the IPL portfolio for the 2013 model year.
The new IPL G Convertible shares the same design philosophy as the IPL G Coupe. More than just focusing on engine power and acceleration, Infiniti Performance Line products emphasize “total vehicle performance,” including unique driving attributes and exclusive exterior and interior features at highly attractive price points.
The IPL G Convertible includes a 343-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, 7-speed automatic transmission, IPL-tuned exhaust and suspension, 19-inch IPL aluminum-alloy wheels, three-piece retractable hardtop and Stone or Monaco Red leather-appointed interior set against a choice of just two exterior colors – Malbec Black or Moonlight White.
The three IPL models are available now at Infiniti retailers nationwide.
2013 Infiniti QX
Now in the third year of the current generation design, the 2013 Infiniti QX continues to offer an unmatched combined of power, strength and luxury style – capable of transporting up to eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance. Its drivetrain is rugged enough to handle tasks such as towing boats or trailers (8,500-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped), while being equally at home transporting friends and family for a night on the town.
The 2013 QX is offered in two fully equipped models – Infiniti QX56 2WD and Infiniti QX56 4WD. It is scheduled to go on sale in September 2012.
For 2013, the advanced Moving Objection Detection (MOD) has been added to the standard Around View® Monitor. Also new are standard auto-dimming exterior mirrors and a new Smoky Quartz exterior color. In addition, an upgraded remote control and interface is added to the Theater Package.
All 2013 Infiniti QXs include a high-stiffness frame structure that enhances ride comfort while reducing noise, vibration and harshness. The proven 5.6-liter V8 engine combines the responsive acceleration of Infiniti’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology with the efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGÔ) to produce 400 horsepower and 413 lbs-ft of torque. A smooth 7-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.
The QX interior is long on luxury and comfort, including standard Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View® Monitor, Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System and available Bose® Cabin Surround® Sound System with digital 5.1 decoding and 15 speakers, available perforated semi-aniline leather-appointed seating and an available Theater Package with dual 7-inch color monitors, which allows different sources to be played at the same time.
2013 Infiniti FX
The Infiniti FX, Infiniti’s iconic performance crossover, received a number of exterior and refinements just last year. For 2013, the biggest change is under the hood of the previous FX35 – with the addition of a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 replacing the 3.5-liter V6. Now named the FX37, it is available in three models: FX37 RWD, FX37 AWD and FX37 AWD Limited Edition.
The top-of-the-line FX50 AWD with standard 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is also offered. Both engines are paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and available solid magnesium paddle shifters. The 2013 Infiniti FX will be available in July 2012.
The FX37 AWD Limited Edition includes an extensive list of special features, starting with 21-inch 10-spoke dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels, dark tinted headlights and roof rails, aluminum pedal accents, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View® Monitor, Graphite interior and more. It is available only in a Moonlight White exterior/Graphite interior color combination.
Other enhancements for the new model year include the addition of the advanced Moving Objection Detection (MOD) to the Around View® system (standard on FX50, optional on FX37).
As in previous years, the 2013 Infiniti FX offers standard double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)®, Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 6-spoke 21-inch super lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels (FX50 Sport Technology Package).
The FX’s warm, modern, inviting environment is highlighted by a driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls, available sport seating and advanced audio, navigation and technology ranging from an 11-speaker Bose®-developed audio system to Infiniti Intelligent Key, and available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range).
2013 Infiniti EX
Like the Infiniti FX, the 2013 Infiniti EX switches to a new 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 from the previous 3.5-liter V6. Now named the EX37, it is offered in four models: EX37 RWD, EX37 AWD, EX37 RWD Journey and EX37 AWD Journey. Each comes equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission. The AWD models feature Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.
Infiniti EX Journey models include a power sliding tinted glass moonroof, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, maple interior accents, power tilt and telescopic steering column and heat front seats (RWD only). The 2013 Infiniti EX37 goes on sale in August 2012.
The Infiniti EX once again combines a sleek, sculpted, elegant skin, exhilarating driving performance and an engaging interior environment. Standard features include leather-appointed seating and Intelligent Key push button start, and available driver’s seat headrest coat hanger, advanced audio systems and power up-folding 2nd row seat. Eight-spoke 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are also standard, with available 19-inch wheels and tires offered with the Deluxe Touring Package.
Available technology includes available Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system and available Around View® Monitor, which utilizes four small cameras located front, side and rear to give the driver a “top-down view” of the outside of the vehicle and help reduce blind spots when parking. Other driving aids include available Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning.