Infiniti, the high-tech brand derived from Nissan of Japan, enhances a 2007 line of luxury and performance cars with new designs for the G35 mid-size sports sedan and new packages linked to the mid-size M45 screamer sports sedan. In all, there are five different products in Infiniti's Class of 2007, each posed for high-powered action and packed with high-tech equipment and deluxe appointments.
Infiniti M Sedan
M SEDAN: Infiniti's lead vehicle is a sophisticated, nimble and stylish premium sports sedan. There are two versions -- M45 and M35 -- each with twin-digit tag denoting engine displacement. M45 carries a 4.5-liter V8 notched to 325 hp, while M35 uses a 3.5-liter V6 with 275 hp. Both spin off Sport models with larger wheels and Rear Active Steer (RAS) controls to enhance handling. M35 also offers all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction on the M35x for snow-country markets. The new Advanced Technology Package installs Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) plus Bose audio equipment with a DVD-Video/DVD-Audio drive in the center console.
A sensuous new body shell and refined cockpit mark new designs for Infiniti's premium sports sedans. Motivation comes from an upgraded edition of the VQ-series dual-cam 3.5-liter V6 delivering 306 hp with a six-speed manual transmission for G35 6MT or a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode for G35. Standard traction mode is sporty rear-wheel-drive (RWD) orientation, but electronic AWD applies to G35x AWD. Lots of technology is available in optional packages, such ICC with Preview Braking or the Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) and an audiophile-quality Bose high-fidelity audio system and touchscreen navigation system.
Infiniti G35 Coupe
Infiniti's spirited GT sports coupe is keen in shape and slick as glass, with a 2+2 cockpit and a high-powered engine up front pushing all torque to the big back wheels. The powertrain is Infiniti's 3.5-liter V6 with 275 hp when tied to the automatic five-speed transmission or 293 hp for a six-speed manual stick for G35 Coupe 6MT. Standard gear includes bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, with optional equipment clustered in packages, such as the Premium Package, Rear Active Steer Package or Sport-Tuned Suspension Package with 19-inch aluminum wheels and Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).
Infiniti FX Wagons
Stretching long and flashing a raked face and curvaceous fender blisters, Infiniti's crossover wagons look and function like a SUV but handle like a sporty car. They offer RWD or AWD traction and powertrain choices. FX35 uses a 3.5-liter V6 with 275 hp and RWD or AWD. FX45 carries the 4.5-liter V8 worth 320 hp and AWD exclusively plus 20-inch wheels and tires. FX45 standards cover a Bose audio kit, dash-mounted RearView Monitor and leather seats, while the Premium Package installs a sunroof, aluminum roof rails, electroluminescent gauges and cabin trimming in aluminum and wood.
The made-in-America QX56 is a super-size and ultra-luxury SUV stretching over 17 feet long. Despite king-size dimensions and a huge engine aboard, Infiniti's SUV carries user-friendly mechanical hardware so it's surprisingly spry and easy to maneuver. Inside, there's room for eight on three tiers of leather-clad seats. Powering the SUV is a 5.6-liter V8 boosted this year to 320 hp. Infiniti casts QX56 in one fully-equipped trim with RWD or AWD traction. Standards range from power folding sideview mirrors to a DVD navigation system with RearView Monitor, an auto-leveling independent rear suspension (IRS) and bi-xenon HID headlights.