- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009


The Infiniti EX35 was all-new last year and continues into 2009 with an exceptional combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems, such as the around-view monitor system, which uses four small cameras to give the driver a “top-down view” of the outside of the vehicle while parking.

The EX35 also offers lane-departure prevention and “scratch shield,” a special “self-healing” clear-coat paint. The paint repairs fine scratches, such as fingernail scratches under door handles, restoring the EX35’s surface to close to its original state.

The 2009 EX35’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 and an SUV’s flexibility.

The interior is offered with cloth or leather-appointed seating surfaces, available in wheat-colored cloth or graphite, stone, wheat and chestnut leather appointments. A special black lacquer trim comes standard on the center console and center stack, with optional maple wood trim on the center console, center stack and door panels.

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that’s rated at 290-plus horsepower and a five-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, sport mode with downshift rev matching and adaptive shift control.

Base model estimated mpg: 17 city/24 highway

Estimated starting price: $32,000


The Infiniti G roars into the 2009 model year with an extensive array of changes.

The all-new G37 convertible, the first-ever open-air G, is set for a mid-2009 model year introduction. Based on the current G37 coupe, the G convertible promises stunningly seductive styling and G-worthy dynamic performance. The new G37 convertible will feature a three-piece automatic retracting hardtop to keep a coupe-like roofline, and available unique interior treatment. Audio and HVAC systems have been enhanced to provide an inviting experience with the top up or down.

The Infiniti G premium high-performance sport sedan receives a significant upgrade under the skin in 2009 with the addition of a new 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 328 horsepower. It is mated to a new seven-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

The changes for 2009 include new available sport brakes with four-piston front/two-piston rear calipers and large 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors, a new sport 18-inch wheel design and standard “scratch shield” paint.

For 2009, the G37 coupe’s performance expands with the addition of a new G37x all-wheel-drive model. Also new for 2009 is a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Base model estimated mpg: 18 city/26 highway

Estimated starting price: $33,250


Following extensive revisions last model year, the 2009 QX56 features a new exterior color, deep garnet, and the addition of an automatic locking door function.

An array of standard technology and luxury equipment is offered, including an Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with XM Satellite Radio NavTraffic with real-time traffic information.

The 2009 QX56 is available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models, both equipped with a 320-horsepower V-8, five-speed automatic transmission, fine leather-appointed seating, rear-view monitor, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, power-liftgate and an independent rear suspension with auto-leveling. The 5.6-liter V-8 engine produces 320 horsepower and 393 foot-pounds of torque.

Other available luxury equipment includes a Bose premium audio system with Burr-Brown DAC and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, power folding 60/40-split third-row bench seat, Infiniti Mobile Entertainment System, Intelligent Key, Intelligent Cruise Control and 20-inch chrome-finished alloy wheels.

Interior roominess remains a QX56 strong point, with class-leading second-row leg room and seating for up to eight with the optional second-row split bench seat. Maximum utility is provided with generous cargo and storage capacity.

The QX has a 9,000-pound maximum towing capacity on the two-wheel-drive (8,900-pound capacity on the four-wheel-drive) when properly equipped.

Base model estimated mpg: 12 city/18 highway

Estimated starting price: $55,050

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