- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, is on the move with an unprecedented array of fresh new iron. Four new products are scheduled to make the scene within a very short period this year.
The first is the dynamic new Infiniti G35 sport sedan, to be followed by the G35 in a sport coupe configuration. A midsize front V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive will debut this fall, and the FX45 concept hybrid SUV will bow next spring.
The G35 sport sedan showcases Infiniti's direction, not only in styling, but in performance and technological developments as well.
First, the G35 features a new platform with the engine mounted behind the front axle called FM, the front midship design allows for better weight distribution and balance and will be used in other future models.
Trunk volume is increased by positioning the car's 20-gallon fuel tank beneath the rear seat.
Power is derived from a potent 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 260 horsepower and a matching 260 pounds-feet of torque. For the time being, power is routed to the rear wheels via a new five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode a six-speed manual gearbox will become available later in the year.
The exterior design displays a totally new image for Infiniti. The new platform allows for short body overhangs with a long wheelbase. Up front, grille bars are horizontal, with lower air ducts following suit. Headlamps are mounted vertically, with integrated fog lamps flanking the grille. The theme presents a "catamaran" concept, with sculpted fenders resembling inverted dual hulls.
Popularly equipped models will ride on larger 17-inch wheels, shod with performance rubber, amply filling the wheel wells. The taillamps are new as well, featuring a brighter light-emitting diode (LED) composition.
The G35's silhouette is sleek and sporty, poised in an aggressive crouching stance, resulting in a zero-lift form. From the side, the G35 sedan actually provides a coupe persona with its bright chrome window area surround and blacked-out "B" pillar the only sedan giveaway lies in the extra two chrome door handles per side.
The interior focuses on the driver with a tilting meter cluster that is visible through a wide range of steering column positions, and dual-density urethane foam seat construction with contour support back and adjustable lumbar. Power seat adjustments are located inboard of the front seats a positively splendid idea that eliminates trying to squeeze one's hand between the seat edge and the door to make adjustments under way. A centralized horizontal informational insert in the instrument panel features an LED readout with soft orange characters fine at night, but difficult to decipher in bright daylight.
Passengers will enjoy dual-zone heating, ventilation and air conditioning, ample rear legroom, rear air conditioning vents and rear reclining seats. Cabin length matches that of the Infiniti Q45.
The standard equipment list is extensive and adequate, but a host of optional content allows personalization.

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