New York Auto Show: Infiniti G37 and the EX Concept revealed

Infiniti EX Concept

Infiniti unveiled the new G37 coupe and the EX concept at the 2007 New York Auto Show. The 2008 Infiniti G37 coupe will be equipped with a 3.7 liter V6 VQ37VHR engine that produces 330 horsepower and will be Infiniti showrooms nationwide this August. The Infiniti¬†EX Concept is a of an all-new luxury crossover that”s inspired by coupe design, which is set to arrive at Infiniti retailers nationwide by the end of calendar year 2007. The production version of the EX will retain 85% of what you see in the concept. Check out the video, images and press release for more info.

Press Release Infiniti G37:

All-New Infiniti G37 Coupe Debuts At New York Auto Show, Sets New Standards For Style, Performance and Luxury

Highlights Include New 330 Horsepower* V6, Seductive Styling and Luxury Appointments –

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 4 /PRNewswire/ — The all-new 2008 Infiniti G37
Coupe, which makes its world debut at the 2007 New York International Auto
Show, combines the exhilarating performance, stunning styling and modern,
sporty interior of the original Infiniti G Coupe and accelerates each to
new levels. Among the key enhancements to the new second-generation G Coupe
are a larger, more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine, available advanced 4-Wheel
Active Steer system, a dramatic new exterior design and a refined interior
with intuitive, integrated technology. The G37 Coupe joins the recently
introduced, all-new 2007 Infiniti G35 Sedan in Infiniti showrooms
nationwide in August.

“The new G35 Sedan, which has been named to both Car and Driver’s ’10
Best Cars’ and Automobile magazine’s ‘All-Stars’ list, has set the stage
for the introduction of the new G37 Coupe,” said Mark Igo, vice president
and general manager, Infiniti Division. “The new Coupe builds on the
styling, performance and interior enhancements of the G Sedan, adding the
dynamic style, sporty atmosphere and expressive driving character expected
of a class-leading luxury sport coupe. The line starts here.”

Exhilarating Performance From a New Engine Design

Leading the enhancements to the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is the
first-ever application of the new 3.7-liter V6 engine with VVEL (for
Variable Valve Event and Lift).

Estimated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, the new “VQ37VHR”
contains approximately 35 percent new and unique parts from the new VQ35HR
engine introduced in the 2007 G35 Sedan just last year. Both the Coupe’s
VQ37VHR and the Sedan’s VQ35HR engines are based on the award-winning VQ
engine series, named one of the “Ten Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World
magazine for 13 consecutive years.

Along with utilizing a larger displacement than the previous 3.5-liter
powerplant, the G37 Coupe’s new VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled
variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on
the intake side to help improve performance and response. The VVEL system
is also expected to improve emissions and fuel efficiency. The VVEL intake
camshafts, featuring continuously variable lift control teamed with the
Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a
7,500 rpm redline.

The engine also features increased cylinder block height (from the
previous 3.5-liter design), ladder frame construction for greater rigidity,
large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock
sensors, an electronically controlled “drive-by-wire” throttle system,
molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric
twin air intake system.

A new, specially tuned dual exhaust system has been designed with equal
length exhaust manifolds and low muffler exhaust backpressure to help
improve engine breathing. Both intake and exhaust enhance driving pleasure
with their authentic performance notes.

Rated at an estimated 330 horsepower, the new engine is not only
considerably more powerful than the previous generation G Coupe (rated at
275 hp with 5AT, 293 hp with 6MT), but is expected to offer increased fuel
mileage and reduced emissions levels. Overall vehicle fuel economy
improvements are estimated to be nearly one mpg better than the G35 Sedan
and nearly two mpg better than the previous generation G35 Coupe (actual
EPA mileage estimates and emission information to be announced at a later

“The new 3.7-liter V6 is a true powerhouse – becoming more enjoyable as
you drive it,” said Igo. “And, this powerplant also features Infiniti’s
trademark “Swell” acceleration – introduced on the new G Sedan last year –
with special tuning that builds horsepower almost continually to the
redline like a building wave.”

The G37 Coupe engine is backed by a choice of an upgraded
electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode,
downshift rev matching, DS mode and ASC (Adaptive Shift Control) that
allows for quicker shifts in sporty driving situations and available
genuine magnesium paddle shifters; or a newly revised, lightweight 6-speed
manual transmission.

Performance Platform and Suspension

Developed at test circuits throughout Europe – including the famed
Nurburgring – the G37 Coupe was conceived as a performance thoroughbred.
Handling and ride performance increases come from the G37 Coupe’s enhanced
FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, which has been stiffened 36% from the
previous generation, is lower in overall height and has a wider front and
rear track width.

The G37 Coupe’s 4-wheel independent suspension design features
lightweight aluminum components and large front and rear stabilizer bars,
increased spring rates and optimized suspension damping.

The front suspension is a double-wishbone design, with a single pivot
lower wishbone and a long upper link. The multi-link rear suspension
separates the shock absorbers and springs, locating the shock absorber
inline with the wheel center. These designs help minimize alignment changes
and reduce suspension friction for nimble handling and smooth riding

Steering is provided by a twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensing design,
which provides optimum steering effort at both high and low vehicle speeds.
Standard on all G37 Coupes is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which assists
in enhancing vehicle stability under a variety of driving conditions.

Also available on the new G37 Coupe is Infiniti’s exclusive 4-Wheel
Active Steer system (4WAS). With unique chassis configuration that features
automatically variable front steering ratios and rear suspension geometry
that adjusts to steering input and vehicle speed via motor-driven controls.
The system’s electronic control unit calculates the desired vehicle
dynamics from a series of sensors, including vehicle speed and steering
angle, and separately directs both the front and rear actuators to change
steering gear ratios and rear geometry by moving both the front steering
gear and rear suspension lower links – thus providing sports car-like
agility and secure stability.

Braking performance is provided by standard 4-wheel vented discs with
4- channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force
Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The standard G37 Coupe adopts the
“sport” braking system of the recently introduced G35 Sedan. The G37 Coupe
Journey with Sport Package and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT are further enhanced
with aluminum four-piston calipers (front)/two-piston calipers (rear)
embossed with Infiniti lettering and large ventilated rotors – 14.0-inch
front and 13.8-inch rear.

Also available on G37 Coupe is Infiniti’s Intelligent Cruise Control
(ICC) with Preview Braking, which provides a precise following distance
from the vehicle ahead. It also identifies sudden braking situations with
laser sensors to determine distance and relative speed of the vehicle ahead
in the same lane and “pre-pressurizes” the Brake Assist system before the
driver steps on the brake pedal.

A new 18-inch wheel and tire package is standard on G37 Coupe,
featuring a “split 5-spoke” 18×8-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design with
P225/50VR18 all- season tires. A new 10-spoke 19-inch wheel and tire
package, with lightweight cast aluminum wheels and high performance tires,
is also available. A Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) is standard on all
2008 G37 Coupes.

To enhance the already high level of dynamic performance, the G37 Coupe
6MT and G37 Coupe Journey with Sport Package come standard with unique
sport suspension, a Viscous Limited Slip Differential (VLSD) and a new
wheel and tire package with 19×8.5-inch front wheels with 225/45WR19 front
tires and 19×9-inch rear wheels with 245/40WR19 rear tires.

Seductive Styling

The G37 Coupe’s advanced performance systems are wrapped in an all-new
seductive skin, giving the vehicle a kinetic feeling with emotional surface
expression, sweeping character lines and tight panel gap lines.

“Compared with its predecessor, the G37 Coupe is longer, lower and
wider – indicative of the power and technology of the vehicle,” said Igo.

Exterior highlights include flowing front fender curves, a wave-style
hood, expressive front fascia with Infiniti’s signature double-arch grille
and L-shaped High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-xenon headlights with
integrated fog lamps. As with the new G35 Sedan, Infiniti developed a
specialized production process for headlight installation to impart tight
build tolerances and an exacting fit of the complex front fascia. The
aluminum hood is secured by dual latches located at the two front corners
to ensure an excellent fit.

The strong side character line and side sills integrate with the large
wheel wells and the 18- or 19-inch performance-oriented wheel and tire
packages to transmit an added sense of power and vibrancy.

The rear of the G Coupe features broad rear fenders, flowing into the
large LED taillights – an Infiniti trademark, refined rear bumper,
integrated RearView Monitor camera (when equipped), rear underbody air
diffusers and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.

An available rear spoiler gives the G37 Coupe zero rear lift, matching
the standard zero-lift front aerodynamics.

The G37 Coupe Sport 6MT models and G37 Journey with Sport Package add
an enhanced performance look, with a unique front fascia, special side
sills and standard 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with high performance

Eight exterior colors, including two all-new colors, are offered.

Sophisticated, Luxurious Interior

The 2008 G37 Coupe interior design features sophisticated
craftsmanship, with a cockpit-oriented front driver and passenger area,
Infiniti signature “double wave” instrument panel design featuring the
Infiniti-signature analog clock and dramatic, full-length center console
with a leather and aluminum- clad shifter. Special aluminum-alloy interior
trim, inspired by elegant, handmade Japanese Washi paper, is located across
the instrument panel, on the center console and on the door panels. Genuine
African Rosewood trim is also available.

The instrument panel features Infiniti electroluminescent
instrumentation with white-and-violet illumination and integrated
multi-function information drive computer (average fuel consumption,
real-time fuel economy, average speed, elapsed time, running distance,
distance to empty, outside air temperature, warning displays, odometer and
automatic transmission shift indicator) display.

Drivers grip a double hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel,
designed for maximum comfort and usability with wheel-mounted audio and
cruise controls. Available genuine magnesium paddle shifters for the
5-speed automatic transmission fall readily to hand and add control (G37
Coupe Journey with Sport Package only).

The 8-way power driver and 4-way front passenger seats (8-way on G37
Coupe Journey, G37 Coupe Journey with Sport Package and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT
model) are appointed with Infiniti’s exclusive premium leather and feature
2-way adjustable head restraints and a unique rear-seat access system,
whereby the front seats will move forward automatically at the touch of a
button to allow passengers into the rear seat.

The G37 Coupe Journey with Sport Package and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT add
special 14-way sport-styled seats with thigh extensions and power
adjustable torso and thigh bolsters for the driver, unique steering wheel
stitching and high-grip aluminum pedals.

Technological and convenience features abound in the new G37 Coupe.
Standard is the Infiniti Intelligent Key with push button ignition, Remote
Keyless Entry system, a tilt/telescoping steering column with increased
travel, illuminated glove compartment and automatic temperature control.

Also standard is a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback
capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and center console-mounted auxiliary
input, as well as a 7-inch color display.

Available is an 11-speaker Infiniti “Studio on Wheels”(TM) by Bose(R),
combining a 3-way front door speaker array using 10-inch woofers with an
audiophile-quality head unit incorporating double oversampling 24-bit 96KHz
Burr Brown(R) Digital Analogue Converters (DAC). Also available is a
Bluetooth(R) hands-free phone system, new touch screen Infiniti Navigation
System with available XM(R) NavTraffic(TM) real-time traffic information
(subscription required), voice activation for navigation, audio and HVAC
functions, and a 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive with compact flash drive

Three interior color combinations are offered – Wheat, Graphite and

Safety Performance and Technology

Available on the new G37 Coupe is an Adaptive Front lighting System
(AFS), which automatically controls the headlight lighting pattern
according to steering angle and vehicle speed to help provide better
visibility at night.

Standard on all G37 Coupes is an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with
dual- stage supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant
classification sensor, front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and
roof-mounted side- impact curtain air bags for front- and rear-seat
occupant head protection.

Also standard are 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s side ELR only)
and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable
upper anchors, driver and front-passenger knee bolsters, front seat Active
Head Restraints and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
system. Available as part of the Technology Package are brake-operated
pre-crash seat belts with motion sensor on the brake pedal.

The G37 Coupe features Zone Body Construction with front and rear
crushable zones to help disperse crash energy around the passenger
compartment. For occupant safety, the engine is designed to move under the
occupant compartment in a high-speed frontal collision, while a breakaway
construction of the propeller shaft (connected with the engine-drop
function) and the double-wall construction of the bulkhead helps to
minimize cabin deformation, especially in the lower leg area. In addition,
the brake pedal is designed to collapse to help reduce lower leg injuries
in a severe crash.

Three Well-Equipped Models

The 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is available in three models: G37 Coupe,
G37 Coupe Journey and G37 Coupe Sport 6MT. In addition to the long list of
standard features on all three models, several options and packages are

These include the Premium Package, with a power sliding glass moonroof,
11-speaker Infiniti “Studio on Wheels”(TM) by Bose(R) audio system with
iPod connection, memory system (drivers seat, steering wheel and outside
mirrors) with synchronization, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel,
anti-glare rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink(C) Universal
Transceiver, Bluetooth(R) hands-free phone system, and heated front seats
and door mirrors.

Also offered is the Sport Package (available on G37 Journey model and
standard on G37 Coupe Sport 6MT), which includes 19-inch wheels and tires,
Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), sport-tuned suspension, sport
brakes, unique front fascia and side sills, sport-styled seats and steering
wheel stitching, aluminum pedals and paddle shifters (G37 Coupe Journey

The Infiniti Navigation Package adds an advanced navigation system with
touch-screen capability, available XM(R) NavTraffic(TM) real-time traffic
information (subscription required), voice activation for navigation, audio
and HVAC functions and a 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive with compact
flash drive slot, and RearView Monitor. The Technology Package includes
Infiniti Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Preview Braking, Adaptive
Front lighting System (AFS) and, available for the first time on G Coupe, a
“Pre-Crash Seatbelt” system.

Also available is the Infiniti 4-Wheel Active Steer system; Performance
Wheel and Tire Package with 19-inch high performance tires featuring
lightweight cast aluminum-alloy wheels; Moonroof; Rear Spoiler; and African
Rosewood interior trim.

“When the original G Coupe was introduced, it proved to the world that
exhilarating sport coupe performance doesn’t have to come in a machine-like
box,” said Igo. “This new G37 Coupe, which we’re proudly showing for the
first time anywhere in New York, is pure G and pure Infiniti – and ready to
take center position on the world automotive stage.”

About Infiniti

Infiniti offers a full line of luxury performance automobiles,
including the G sports coupe and sedan, the M luxury performance sedan, FX
premium crossover SUV, and the QX full-size luxury SUV. More information
about Infiniti and its total ownership experience can be found at

Press Release Infiniti EX Concept:

Infiniti EX Concept Features Coupe-Inspired SUV Design, World Debut of Two Advanced Technologies

Stylish Design Concept Previews New Infiniti Production Crossover SUV –

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 4 /PRNewswire/ — The Infiniti EX Concept,
which makes its world debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show,
follows in the tradition of previous Infiniti design studies with its
combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology
systems – including an advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) and Lane
Departure Prevention (LDP) system. And, like many of the Infiniti concepts
that have come before, the new EX Concept is a very real preview of an
upcoming production vehicle – the 2008 Infiniti EX crossover SUV.

“The Infiniti FX, M and most recently the new 2008 G Coupe, can all
trace their evolution from show stoppers to Infiniti showrooms in a short
period of time,” said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager,
Infiniti Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With this stunning EX
Concept, we’re pleased to announce that along with the basic exterior and
interior designs, the production Infiniti EX will include much of the EX
Concept’s innovative technology, including the Around View Monitor and Lane
Departure Prevention.”

Coupe-Inspired Exterior

The EX Concept’s sculpted elegance expresses a timeless appeal – sleek
lines that portray speed, grace and finesse. Its layout combines the look
and feel of a luxury coupe – including short front and rear overhangs – and
the ample interior roominess, optimized seating height and luggage space of
an SUV.

“The EX Concept is the perfect fusion of a luxury coupe and a
high-utility SUV,” said Igo. “Its ‘right-sized’ packaging gives it
excellent around town maneuverability, while the wide rear hatch and low
load floor make it a versatile performer for everyday and weekend use.”

The EX Concept exterior includes many signature Infiniti touches,
including the double-arch grille, large L-shaped headlights with Adaptive
Front lighting System (AFS), integrated fog lights, distinctive LED
taillights and “dynamic arch” profile. The exterior also features a
high-mounted rear hatchback spoiler.

Special features created especially for the EX Concept are the
all-in-one sash-style side door mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
and electric outside door handles with push switches. The EX Concept also
includes paint and 19-inch 7-spoke aluminum alloy wheels mounted with
245/55R19 tires.

The most striking exterior design element of the EX Concept is its
dramatic liquid crystal full-length glass roof panel that is able to change
from transparent to translucent via input from a special touch sensor

“The EX Concept’s glass roof technology is a fascinating study in how
technology can be utilized to change the entire interior atmosphere of a
vehicle by adding or subtracting not just light, but the occupants’ view of
the outside world,” said Igo.

Elegant Interior Design

Like all Infiniti vehicles, the EX Concept is conceived to offer a
reinvigorating and engaging interior environment, one that is both
indulgent and inspiring. The “wave-inspired” cabin layout is focused on the
driver, with easy-to-read high-contrast gauges with violet-color
illumination and an electric soft-touch shifter system.

The EX Concept’s rich, leather-appointed and aluminum-alloy trimmed
interior also offers plenty of passenger luxury – with deep, supportive
seats and an ambient lighting system that includes special indirect
headrest illumination.

A large, leather-appointed center console box provides utility for
driver and front passenger, while the instrument panel includes a wide LCD
monitor and signature Infiniti analog clock. The advanced audio system
includes aluminum speaker finishers, matching the door-side trim. The roomy
rear cargo area combines function with design with its aluminum-alloy
flooring with luggage rails.

“The EX Concept’s interior is all about driving pleasure and passenger
comfort,” said Igo. “Like the exterior, it offers a coupe-like feel but
surprising utility – ideal for today’s active lifestyles.”

Advanced Platform and Powertrain

Under the EX Concept’s dramatic body is an equally advanced platform
and powertrain based on the latest Infiniti production hardware. Its
advanced FM platform provides the same high levels of handling precision
and balance as it does for the Infiniti M, FX and G Coupe and Sedan. For
use in the EX Concept, the wheelbase has been shortened to 112.0 inches for
a small turning radius, while the rear multi-link suspension utilizes a low
shock absorber layout to enhance cargo area utility. It rides on 19-inch
7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/55R19 tires.

The EX Concept is powered by a V6 engine, coupled to a 5-speed
automatic transmission. The EX Concept also includes an all-wheel drive

The World Debut of Two New Technologies

The EX Concept’s advanced technology design is highlighted by two
systems that are expected to be the first production versions in the world
when the new Infiniti EX goes on sale in North America in late 2007.

The Infiniti Around View Monitor utilizes small front, side and rear-
mounted cameras to project an all-around view of potential objects on every
side of the vehicle – helping reduce blind spots when parking.

“Conventional mirrors, no matter how carefully you use them, just can’t
provide a view around the vehicle that the Around View Monitor’s
four-camera system does,” said Igo. “Rear bumper sonar systems help detect
objects behind a vehicle, but again they can’t give the view of the space
around the vehicle that the AVM does.”

The Lane Departure Prevention system builds on the Lane Departure
Warning (LDW) system that is currently available on the Infiniti FX and M.
Rather than just use an audible/visual warning system to alert the driver
of unintentional vehicle movement outside the designated lane, the LDP
system uses the vehicle’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to help
assist the driver in maintaining lane position if the vehicle inadvertently
starts to drift outside of the lane.

Both Lane Departure Prevention and the LDW systems use a small camera
installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the
vehicle and calculate its position relative to lane markers and warn the
driver of lane drift (pending lane change without use of the turn signal)
with a visual display and audible buzzer.

If the driver does not return the vehicle in the direction of the
center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver by using
gentle control (generating part of the necessary yaw movement), using the
VDC’s brake actuator to control the brake pressure of each individual wheel
to generate the intended movement.

“Infiniti has taken a leadership position in offering the first
production Lane Departure Warning systems for production vehicles. We’re
now poised to take the next big step with the upcoming EX’s Lane Departure
Prevention system,” said Igo. “We’re confident that the production Infiniti
EX will be just as stylish, dramatic, luxurious and innovative as this EX
Concept show vehicle. The line continues to be drawn.”

The Infiniti EX Concept was created at the Nissan Technical Center in
Atsugi, Japan.

About Infiniti

Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles,
including the G sports coupe and sedan, the M luxury performance sedan, FX
premium crossover SUV, and the QX full-size luxury SUV. More information
about Infiniti and its total ownership experience can be found at