The Nissan-owned luxury brand has officially unveiled its new top-of-the-line 2007 Infiniti G35 business performance sedan. Now coming equipped with a powerful, yet fuel-efficient VQ35HR 3.5-liter engine, the new vehicle becomes a serious threat to compact sedans from Infiniti’s arch-rival brand Lexus. Truth be told, even some European saloons of the same class will no longer feel safe on the markets of USA and Canada.
Considering the fact that the G35 accounts for about 1/3 of all Infiniti-branded cars sold in the United States, success of the redesigned version is crucial for the Japanese car manufacturer.
Being a rebadged version of the legendary Nissan Skyline and also sharing its underpinnings with the Infiniti M sports car and the sporty 2006 Nissan 350Z that, according to some reviews, almost beats the legendary Porsche Cayman when it comes to dynamics and sheer driving pleasure, the second-generation car will have to compete against such compact, but mean predators as the 2007 BMW 335i, Lexus IS 250, 2007 Audi A4, and the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C320: in other words, it will have to cross swords with the brands that are deeply entrenched on the North American market.
And, since the shortest way to reach the hear (and wallet) of an American motorist is to offer him or her a huge engine with lots of oomph available at a slightest push of the pedal, it is absolutely no wonder that the 2007 Infiniti G35 now comes equipped with a powerful VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine that produces more than 300 horsepower and can be mated to an adequate choice of transmissions, those including a five-speed automatic with a sporty manual shift and Downshift Rev Matching, or a close-ratio six-speed manual designed with true enthusiasts in mind.
Sporting a rear-wheel drive scheme with a 52% front / 48% rear weight distribution, the car must be incredibly fun to drive (beware, BMW!)
Being almost 20 centimeters (some 8 inches) longer than the BMW 335i sedan, the new G35 naturally features longer wheelbase (2850 mm against BMW’s 2761 mm) and also offers more front headroom (103 mm vs 98 mm) and better front legroom (111 mm vs 105 mm.)
Rear passengers on both cars will travel with more or less the same comfort, although the Japanese car still offers more precious millimeters in all three dimensions.
The new G35 sedan also features intelligent all-wheel drive system, standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, available Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), wood trim and Intelligent Cruise Control with Preview Braking.
There is also a RearView Monitor, a touch screen navigation system with available real-time traffic and the audiophile-quality Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose, combining 3-way front door speaker array using 10-inch woofers with an audiophile quality head unit incorporating a 24-bit Burr Brown Digital Audio Converter.
In its press release Infiniti says that G35’s exterior also features unique white-and-violet Fine Vision gauge illumination.
The revamped 2007 Infiniti G35 will go on sale in November. Its price is yet to be announced, but it is safe to guess that it will be slightly higher than $30,000.
See also: 2006 Lexus GS 450h hybrid sedan
2007 Infiniti G35 sedan technical specification
Body Type: 4-door sedan
Layout: front engine, AWD
Engine: 306 hp, 3.5-liter, V6, DOHC
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic or 6-Speed Manual
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: 6.0 seconds
Overtaking 80 -120 km/h N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): N/A
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 182.2 / 71.5 / 54.8 / 112.2
Ground clearance (inches): 6.3
Track (frt/rr): 60.4 / 60.6 in
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 35.4
Curb Weight: 3497 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity, max (cu ft): 13.5
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: BMW 335i, Lexus IS 250, Audi A4,Mercedes-Benz C320, Nissan Maxima, Lincoln MKZ, Jaguar X-TYPE