Infiniti, Europe's newest premium automotive brand, has released final pan-European specifications and prices for the Spanish market ahead of its launch there in October. Spain will be one of the first countries in Europe to receive Infiniti's range of performance cars and will also be among the most important.  The announcement coincides with the opening of Infiniti's pan-European customer contact centre which promises to offer the highest levels of service in the industry.

There will be 11 variations of Infiniti available across four distinct ranges.  Prices in Spain will start from 42.500,00€ for the 320PS G37 Sedan rising to 77.000,00€ for the fully-equipped 390PS FX50S with a wide range of options available allowing customers to tailor an Infiniti to their exact requirements.  Equipment levels and final performance figures for the whole European range have also been confirmed.  The G37 Coupé, for example, accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and onto a top speed, where conditions allow, of 249 km/h.  Rapid, indeed.

Spain is not the only market where Infiniti sales are about to start. This October will also see the brand opening the doors to Centres in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and Greece.  Prices for these markets will be announced at the end of the summer.

Infiniti is arriving in Europe almost 20 years after its inception but the wait will have been worth it. The cars are perfectly in tune with European driving conditions and state-of-the-art-retail facilities – boasting modern architecture with an accent on natural materials and lighting – are ready to provide an ownership experience that will be second to none.  To bring its cars to market, Infiniti Europe has partnered with some of the most prestigious names in automotive retailing.  For example Infiniti's Partner in Spain, Bergé Automoción is one of the top ten auto retail groups in Europe and a leading distributor of premium and luxury cars in the Iberian Peninsula.

Infiniti: comprehensively equipped performance cars

Definitive specifications and equipment levels for one of the most distinctive model ranges from any manufacturer have now been finalized.

A combination of outstanding performance, top driving dynamics and the ultimate in luxury added to exceptionally high standard equipment levels means Infiniti has a distinct advantage when it meets the world's leading luxury marques in the most discerning market of all: Europe.

Every model in the range will reflect the key Infiniti brand values. Each Infiniti is fully driver focused with either rear-wheel- or four-wheel-drive. Each model is distinctively styled and beautifully built. And each model encompasses advanced technology which, in many cases, is unavailable from any other car manufacturer - highlights include Scratch Shield Paint, Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control that can slow the car to 0 km/h, Intelligent Brake Assist and four-wheel active steering.

Each model will be built to exactly the same technical specifications and equipment and grade levels no matter where in Europe it is being sold.

Infiniti Range

The Recommended Retail Price (*) for the Spanish market is as follows:

G37 Sedan

G37              42.500,00 €

G37 GT         44.100,00 €

G37S            46.600,00 €

G37 Coupé

G37              44.500,00 €

G37 GT         46.100,00 €

G37S            48.600,00 €

EX37

EX37            51.500,00 €

EX37 GT       53.450,00 €

FX

FX37 GT        58.500,00 €

FX37S           61.250,00 €

FX50S           77.000,00 €

(*) The Recommended Retail Price includes V.A.T. (16%), delivery and First Registration Tax.  Costs of registration are not included.

G37 Sedan

The mainstay of the new Infiniti range, the four-door G37 is designed to provide pure driving pleasure with a single power output of 320PS that is way above the entry point of its segment rivals. There's a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive models with drive taken to the wheels via a slick six-speed manual or an advanced new seven-speed automatic transmission.

Fully independent suspension – double wishbones at the front and a multi-link rear – deliver the perfect blend of sporting handling and superb ride comfort while an usually long wheelbase results in a roomy cabin.

Just as significantly, the G37 Sedan has been fine-tuned to cope with European expectations where higher average speeds place extra demands on aerodynamic efficiency, high-speed stability, ride and handling and braking performance.

Central to the Infiniti range is the new 3.7-litre 24 valve V6 version of Infiniti's multi award-winning VQ engine family.

This state-of-the-art engine features VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology to optimise efficiency and, in turn, the balance between power, response, fuel efficiency and emissions.

VVEL continually alters valve lift and therefore the quantity of air in the combustion chamber. At partial throttle – in stop-go city traffic, for example – it will make a small lift thus achieving a more precise fuel/air mix with lower quantities of both to improve fuel consumption. At full throttle, the valve lift is greater, inducting a larger quantity of air into the combustion chamber.

The result is a more powerful combustion phase increasing torque and power… while the increase in power is balanced by more efficient combustion to the benefit of fuel economy and lower emissions.

In its final European specification, the V6 delivers 235 kW at 7,000 rpm (320 PS) and 360 Nm of torque at 5,300 rpm (266 lb ft). Fuel economy figures for the rear-wheel drive manual version include a combined cycle figure of 10.5 l/100 kms and a CO2 figure of 249 g/km. Top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph) with 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 5.8 seconds.

The G37 and G37 GT Sedans are mechanically identical, differing only in equipment levels that include many features as standard that enthusiast drivers demand yet are listed as extras by Infiniti's rivals. Examples include adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, Bluetooth, keyless entry and start, parking sensors and 18 inch alloy wheels.  Scratch Shield paint, unavailable on any rival, is also standard.

The range-topping G37S, aimed at the true enthusiast driver, is even better equipped and has a focused chassis that incorporates four-wheel active steering, a viscous limited slip differential, sports suspension, enhanced brakes and an enveloping sports seat for the driver.

Standard features on the G37 Sedan include six-speed manual transmission, speed sensitive power steering, six air bags, and rain and light sensors.

Also standard are:

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Bi-Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Light System*

Front and rear parking sensors with display

Dual zone automatic climate control

8-way power driver's seat

4-way power passenger seat

18 inch alloy wheels

Aluminium interior trim

Seven speaker audio system with 6 CD changer

Multifunction steering wheel

Cruise Control with speed limiter

7 inch colour display

Bluetooth connectivity

Scratch Shield paint*

… and the signature Infiniti analogue interior clock

The GT version adds to G37 specification: Leather seat facings

10-way power driver's seat with memory

8-way power passenger seat

Heated front seats

The S version adds to G37 specification:

Four Wheel Active Steering*

Viscous limited slip differential

Sports suspension

4 piston front brakes/2 piston rears

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Aluminium pedals and foot rest

Leather seat facings

14-way power driver's seat with memory

Sports seat for driver with manual thigh extension

8-way power passenger seat

Heated front seats

18 inch alloy sports wheels

Major options

A number of advanced features can be specified from the options list, helping the G37 Sedan to provide the ultimate blend of design, performance, luxury and state of the art features.

Principal options are a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and magnesium paddle shifters, which is available across all three versions, and Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive*, available on automatic versions of G37 and G37 GT.

Other options include:

Intelligent Cruise Control (manual models)*

Full speed range Intelligent Speed Control with

Intelligent Brake Assist (Automatic models)*

Wood interior trim (G37 GT)

Glass sun roof

Metallic paint

Temporary spare wheel

Multimedia pack with:

DVD navigation system with voice recognition

Rear view camera

BOSE Sound System

*See glossary of terms

G37 Coupé

Designed from the outset as a sporting thoroughbred, the Infiniti G37 Coupé offers dramatic performance in a thoroughly seductive shape that owes nothing to its Sedan sister.

The dynamic styling allied to its obvious performance potential will appeal to successful individuals who appreciate beautiful design and enjoy driving.

Mirroring the G37 Sedan in most respects, the G37 Coupé offers a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive models with drive taken to the wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.

Fully independent suspension features double wishbones at the front and a multi-link rear and delivers sporting handling and excellent ride comfort for all four occupants.

The 3.7-litre V6 engine delivers 235 kW at 7,000 rpm (320 PS) and 360 Nm of torque at 5,300 rpm (266 lb ft). Fuel economy figures for the rear-wheel drive manual version include a combined cycle figure of 10.5 l/100 kms and a CO2 figure of 249 g/km. Top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph) with 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.8 seconds.

Like the saloon, the entry-level G37 Coupé and G37 GT Coupé are mechanically identical, differing only in equipment levels. The range-topping G37S Coupé, however, is aimed at the enthusiast driver with four-wheel steering, a viscous limited slip differential, sports suspension, enhanced brakes and, for the driver, a supportive sports seat.

Standard features on the G37 Coupé include six-speed manual transmission, speed sensitive power steering, six air bags, and rain and light sensors.

Also standard are:

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Bi-Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Light System*

Front and rear parking sensors

Dual zone automatic climate control

8-way power driver's seat

4-way power passenger seat

18 inch alloy wheels

Aluminium interior trim

Seven speaker audio system

Multifunction steering wheel

Cruise control with speed limiter

7 inch colour display

Bluetooth connectivity

Scratch Shield paint*

Sun Roof

… and the signature Infiniti analogue interior clock

The GT version adds to G37 Coupé specification:

Leather seat facings

10-way power driver's seat with memory

8-way power passenger seat

Heated front seats

The S version adds to G37 Coupé specification:

4-wheel active steering*

Viscous limited slip differential

Sports suspension

4 piston front brakes/2 piston rears

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Aluminium pedals and foot rest

Leather seat facings

14-way power driver's seat with memory

Sports seat for driver with manual thigh extension

8-way power passenger seat

Heated front seats

19 inch alloy sports wheels

Major options

The principal option is a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and magnesium paddle shifters, available across all three versions.

Other options include:

Intelligent Cruise Control (manual models)*

Full speed range Intelligent Speed Control with

Intelligent Brake Assist (Automatic models)*

Wood interior trim (G37 GT)

Metallic paint

Temporary spare wheel

Multimedia pack with:

DVD navigation system with voice recognition

Rear view camera

BOSE Sound System

19 inch wheels (forged Aluminium)

* See glossary of terms

EX37

The style of a coupé, the versatility of a compact estate car and the character of a four-wheel drive SUV. Put simply, there's nothing quite like the Infiniti EX37 available on the market today. With the launch of EX37, the world's first compact crossover coupé, an entirely new market segment opens for Europe's newest car brand.

Combining avant-garde looks and a practical, roomy interior with a commanding driving position and four-wheel drive grip, the EX37 provides the best of all worlds.

The EX37 comes as standard with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Fully independent suspension features double wishbones at the front and a multi-link rear to provide sporting handling and supple ride comfort.  Other highlights include a power fold and raise rear seat and Scratch Shield paint.

Power comes from the same 3.7-litre V6 engine found in the G37 models, which develops 235 kW at 7,000 rpm (320 PS) and 360 Nm of torque at 5,300 rpm (266 lb ft). Fuel economy figures for the EX37 include a combined cycle figure of 11.2 l/100 kms and a CO2 figure of 267 g/km. Top speed is 240 km/h (155 mph) with 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) taking 6.4 seconds.

There are two versions of the EX37 available: EX37 and EX37 GT. Mechanically identical, they differ only in equipment levels. Main features of a comprehensive standard equipment package include Intelligent All-Wheel Drive*, seven-speed automatic transmission, speed sensitive power steering and six air bags.

Also standard are:

Rain and light sensors

I-key with smart access

Front and rear parking sensors with display

Dual zone automatic climate control

8-way power driver's seat

4-way power passenger seat

Power folding rear back rest

18 inch alloy wheels

Black lacquer and aluminium interior trim

Seven speaker audio system with 6 CD changer

Multifunction steering wheel

Cruise Control

Speed limiter

7 inch colour display

Bluetooth connectivity

Rear privacy glass

Scratch Shield paint*

… and the signature Infiniti analogue interior clock

The GT version adds to EX37 specification:

Power rake and reach adjustment for the steering column

Leather seat facings

10-way power driver's seat with memory

8-way power passenger seat

Heated front seats

Integrated jacket hanger on driver seat headrest

Tilt mirrors when reversing

Major options

With such a comprehensive standard equipment list, options are naturally limited. They include:

Full Speed Range Intelligent Cruise Control with Intelligent Brake Assist*

Around View Monitor (with Multimedia Package)*

Wood interior trim

Glass sunroof

Polished aluminium roof rails

Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front-Light system*

Metallic paint

Temporary spare wheel

Multimedia pack with:

DVD navigation system with voice recognition

Rear view camera

BOSE Sound System

* See glossary of terms

FX

The importance of the European market to Infiniti was underlined by the choice of the Geneva Motor Show in March as the venue for the world debut of the all-new FX50S, the top of the Infiniti range.  A few weeks later, Infiniti Europe also announced it will be joined by the V6 powered FX37 GT and FX37S.

The FX is a radical expression of sport and style, offering exceptional levels of power, refinement, safety and driving exhilaration.  A fusion of sports car and SUV, with breathtaking design, sports car-like proportions and an advanced platform, the FX is a showcase of Infiniti's design and technology leadership.

The FX50S is powered by a new 5.0-litre 32-valve V8 engine with Infiniti's advanced Variable Valve Lift and Event (VVEL) technology. It develops 390PS (287kW) and a remarkable 500 Nm of torque.

The engine is coupled to a new seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and solid magnesium paddle shifters. Other performance credentials include standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive*, suspension with active Continuous Damping Control* and Active Rear Wheel Steer*.  Due to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction, the FX50S is the lightest car in its class … despite having the largest size of standard wheel (21 inches).

The result is breathtaking. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) with 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) taking just 5.8 seconds. The FX50S uses 13.0l/100kms and produces 310 g/km of CO2.

The by now familiar 3.7-litre V6 engine is also available in the FX range, delivering a top speed of 233 km/h (145mph) and 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 6.8 seconds. FX37 uses 12.0l/100kms and produces 284 g/km of CO2.

There are two versions of the FX37 available: FX37 GT and FX37S. With one exception – the S version has Continuous Damping Control as standard – the two models are mechanically identical but differ in items of equipment. Main features of a comprehensive standard equipment package include Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, seven-speed automatic transmission, leather upholstery and 20 inch alloy wheels.

Also standard are:

Glass sunroof

Leather seat facings

Rain and light sensors

I-key with smart access

Front and rear parking sensors with display

Dual zone automatic climate control

10-way power driver's seat

Power reach and rake for steering column

8-way power passenger seat

20 inch alloy wheels

All season tyres

Wood interior trim

Seven speaker audio system

Multifunction steering wheel

Cruise control

Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front-Light system*

7 inch colour display

Bluetooth connectivity

Rear privacy glass

Scratch Shield paint*

Climate Control seats

… and the signature Infiniti analogue interior clock

The FX37S version adds:

Continuous Damping Control*

14-way power driver's seat

Front sports seats

21 inch alloy wheels

Dark chrome exterior trim and smoked headlamps

Major options

Options include:

Black lacquer and aluminium trim

Full speed range Intelligent Cruise Control with Intelligent Brake Assist

Around View Monitor (with Multimedia Package)*

Metallic paint

Temporary spare wheel

Multimedia pack with:

DVD navigation system with voice recognition

Rear view camera

BOSE Sound System

*See glossary of terms

FX50S adds to FX37 GT specification:

Active Rear Steering

Around View Monitor*

8 inch colour display

Navigation system with voice recognition

Full speed range Intelligent Cruise Control with Intelligent Brake Assist

BOSE sound system

The only options available on FX50 S are metallic paint, temporary spare wheel and the black lacquer and aluminium interior trim.

Infiniti opens pan-European Customer Contact Centre

Reflecting the expectations of customers at this level of the market, the entire Infiniti ownership experience has been designed to raise the standard of customer care to new heights.

Pre-launch research revealed that the typical Infiniti buyer expected greater expertise and more personal service than was being offered by his or her current dealer. Particular points of weakness centred around the booking of test drives and routine services.

In response, the dedicated team at the new Infiniti Client Service Centre – called Infiniti i-contact – will operate a more engaging consultative approach. Cues have been taken from the worlds of Private Banking and personal training.

Every member of the hand-picked multi-lingual team has extensive client liaison experience at an international level and will allow Infiniti i-contact to provide a single pan-European point of contact via the memorable ‘+ 0800 INFINITI" toll-free number (00 800 463 464 84).

Infiniti i-contact also appreciates that clients will expect to be able to make contact when it suits them so the service will operate with extended opening hours, six days a week.

Adapting their services to meet individual needs, the Infiniti i-contact team will take the initiative in promoting specially tailored test drive opportunities for clients and, later, proactively coordinating service requirements.

Customers are invited to log onto Infiniti's pan-European customer website, www.infiniti.eu for more information.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Adaptive Front-light System (AFS)

The Bi-Xenon headlamps are linked to steering inputs and automatically follow the path of the front wheels to provide a wide spread of light around corners and on winding roads.

Around View Monitor

Around View Monitor (AVM) uses small cameras mounted at the front, rear and on the sides of some Infiniti models to project an all-round view of potential obstacles on every side of the vehicle. A natural extension of Infiniti's rear view parking camera, AVM uses the colour navigation monitor to display a bird's eye view of the car as it parks, enabling the driver to negotiate a tight parking spot.

BOSE® Premium Sound

The BOSE premium sound system has been specially designed for Infiniti. The loudspeakers in the 11 unit system features lightweight yet powerful neodymium magnets with an innovative driver design allowing the speakers to produce the output of a larger, heavier speaker helping the system to deliver a full rich sound while adding less weight to the vehicle. The audio system incorporates an in-dash six-disc CD player with AM/FM radio and has an RCA AUX-in jack socket for MP3 players.

Continuous Damping Control

Unlike conventional fixed dampers, suspension with active Continuous Damping Control (CDC) takes input from a variety of sensors and continuously alters the damping of the shock absorbers to provide optimal ride and handling. The system features a driver-selectable switch with two settings – Auto and Sport – allowing the driver to control valving levels.

Four Wheel Active Steer

By monitoring steering angle and vehicle speed data, the Four Wheel Active Steer controller calculates the difference between current performance and optimum target data which is pre-programmed into the system. The front and rear steering angle (the amount the wheels are turning in comparison to the straight-ahead position) can then be altered to match the target performance data – which is based on the optimum possible vehicle dynamics. Benefits include greater stability and agility. 4WAS is not available with four-wheel drive.

Full Speed Intelligent Cruise Control

Full Speed Intelligent Cruise Control operates from 0km/h reducing the driver's workload in congested traffic as well as smooth long distance travel. The Intelligent Cruise Control assists the driver with acceleration and deceleration actions and stops the car if traffic requires.

Intelligent All-Wheel Drive

Infiniti's intelligent all-wheel drive system uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically transfers optimum torque to the wheels according to road and driving conditions. The system provides outstanding handling due to optimum torque distribution from front to rear (50:50 up to 0:100) and also provides smooth, stable acceleration, especially on snow or off-road with a 50:50 torque split at a standing start. Once up to speed, if the system's sensors detect that all-wheel drive is not needed, up to 100 percent of the power is sent to the rear wheels.  This rear-bias offers better handling balance and improved fuel efficiency. The system can then divert power forward at any time as traction/road conditions dictate, helping to ensure power always goes where grip is the greatest.

Intelligent Brake Assist Intelligent Brake Assist uses the laser rangefinder from the Intelligent Cruise Control's (ICC) system to analyse closing speeds to a vehicle ahead helping to prevent or reduce damage caused by a rear-end collision. If the driver must take immediate action to avoid a collision, the system sounds a warning to prompt driver action. When a collision cannot be avoided, the system activates the brakes to decelerate the vehicle, thereby helping to reduce damage resulting from the collision. IBA can apply up to 0.5g braking force.

Intelligent Cruise Control

Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) uses brakes, throttle and laser sensors to help maintain a set distance between the Infiniti and the car in front. In automatic models, Low Speed Following (LSF) software allows ICC to reduce a driver's workload at low speeds (between 5 km/h and 40 km/h).

Multimedia package

The multimedia package groups together satellite navigation, a rear view camera and a BOSE premium audio system. The navigation system covers more than 30 European countries and offers Birdview as well as conventional displays on the integrated eight-inch colour screen. Voice recognition for navigation and the phone is incorporated and the screen is also used by the rear view camera to relay real time images from behind the car whenever reverse gear is selected.

Scratch Shield Paint

Unique to Infiniti is the use of ‘self-healing' Scratch Shield Paint. A highly elastic resin has been combined with a conventional clearcoat to increase the paint's flexibility. When exposed to heat, ASAP repairs fine scratches, restoring painted surfaces close to their original state. The result allows it to exhibit up to five times fewer scratches than a conventional clearcoat of the same age and subject to the same use.