All New 2008 Infiniti EX Coming to Europe
Date: Friday, August 17 @ 03:49:14 UTC
All New 2008 Infiniti EX Coming to Europe
ROLLE, Switzerland, August 16 --
- EX Revealed 16 August at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
- Innovative Coupe Crossover Concept
- Standard 'ATTESA E-TS' All-Wheel Drive
- Powered by a 3.5-litre 290hp V6 (US Specification)
- First Introduction of the Advanced Around View Monitor System
- To be Launched Progressively Across Europe Starting From Autumn 2008
Together With the G Saloon, G Coupe and a Successor to the Iconic FX
The all-new 2008 Infiniti EX coupe crossover, revealed this week at the 2007
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, will form part of a four model premium range
that will be launched across Europe starting from Autumn 2008.
The EX is a new addition to the global Infiniti range. To be badged EX35 when
it goes on sale in the US at the end of this year, this all-wheel drive
crossover slots in below the iconic FX and offers an exceptional combination of
seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems. These
include the world production car debut of the advanced Around View Monitor (AVM)
system, which utilizes four small cameras to give the driver a "top-down view"
of the outside of the vehicle while parking. The new EX35 also becomes the
second Infiniti production vehicle, following the Autumn introduction in the US
of the 2008 Infiniti M-series, to offer the new Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
system, and the first to feature "Scratch Shield," a special "self-healing"
clearcoat paint. Launch timing of these technologies in Europe is to be
Designed by the Infiniti design centre in Japan, the EX35's sculpted elegance
should have a timeless appeal. Sleek lines portray speed, grace and finesse
combining the look and feel of a luxury coupe with the elevated cabin of a 4x4.
The sporty proportions include a long hood, short front and rear overhangs,
rearward cabin and smooth coupe-like roofline arching over the windows to the
"The EX35 is the perfect fusion of a luxury coupe and a sporty 4x4," said Jim
Wright, Vice President Infiniti Europe.
The EX35 has a length of 4631mm and a width of 1803mm making it maneuverable
in town. While a height of 1589mm gives it a more dynamic stance and a lower
centre of gravity than most other 4x4s.
EX35's exterior includes many signature Infiniti touches, including a
double-arch grille, large L-shaped headlights with available Bi-Xenon Adaptive
Front lighting System (AFS), integrated fog lights, distinctive LED taillights
and "dynamic arch" profile. Other exterior features include a high-mounted rear
hatchback spoiler, chrome-finished dual exhaust pipes, an available power
tilt/sliding sunroof with one-touch activation and optional roof rails and
crossbars. The EX35 also features a standard puddle lamp integrated in the
driver's side door mirror as part of the Hospitality Lighting Concept.
Eight exterior colors will be offered including two shades new to the model.
One of the unique features of the new EX35 is the special "Scratch Shield," a
special "self-healing" clearcoat paint, which is designed to maintain its
gloss-level over time. The paint repairs fine scratches, such as fingernail
scratches under door handles, restoring the EX35's surface close to the original
state. The process, which takes anywhere from one day to one week (depending on
the surrounding temperature and the depth of the scratch), is accomplished
through the use of a special highly elastic resin. This resin is combined with a
conventional clearcoat to increase the paint's flexibility and strength by
raising the resin density.
Elegant Interior Design
Like all Infiniti vehicles, the EX35 is conceived to offer an invigorating
and engaging interior environment. And one that is both indulgent and inspiring.
The driver-focused "wave-inspired" cabin layout features an Infiniti
signature "double-wave" instrument panel, easy-to-read high-contrast gauges with
white-and-violet illumination and hospitality lighting with a pin LED light
mounted over the center console and Infiniti-signature analog clock.
The instrument panel also features a 7-inch color display with Infiniti
controller for the trip computer and additional vehicle information, including
the available Infiniti Hard Disk based Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box
hard drive for music storage and playback.
Other technology systems include available Bluetooth(R) Hands-Free Phone
System and standard Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition.
Available technology features include RearView Camera (available separately, or
as part of the Around View Monitor system), front and rear parking sensors,
Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Bose(R) Premium Audio System with 11
speakers including 2 subwoofers, 6CD in-dash changer and iPod(R) connectivity.
The interior is offered with cloth or leather-upholstered seating surfaces,
available in four different colour concepts, reflecting Infiniti's desire to
offer the customer a high level of personalisation. A special Black Lacquer trim
comes standard on the center console, with optional genuine Maple wood trim for
the centre console and door panels (replacing Black Lacquer and aluminum
An 8-way power driver's seat with 2-way manual lumbar support is standard,
along with a 4-way power passenger's seat. A driver's seat memory system is also
offered, along with available heated front seats and 8-way power front
passenger's seat. Also available is an unusual 60/40 split power-folding 2nd row
seat (operated from the front or hatch area) making it easier to get the best
out of the interior space.
"The EX35's interior is all about driving pleasure and passenger comfort,"
said Wright. "Like the exterior, it offers a coupe-like feel but surprising
versatility - ideal for today's active lifestyles. Its design is elegant and
made using beautiful materials that indulge as well as calm."
Advanced Platform and Powertrain
Under the EX35's dramatic body is an equally advanced platform and powertrain
based on the latest Infiniti performance technology. Its advanced FR-L platform
provides the same high levels of handling precision and balance as it does for
the Infiniti M, FX and G Coupe and Saloon.
Every 2008 US-specification Infiniti EX35 comes as standard with the
fourth-generation VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine (shared with the new G35 Saloon),
rated at 290-plus horsepower (estimated) and 5-speed automatic transmission with
manual mode, DS sport mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), and Adaptive Shift
The engine block features ladder frame construction, variable exhaust cam
timing (eCVTCS), asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors and Iridium spark
plugs. Its symmetric twin ram air intake system helps reduce airflow resistance,
while the dual exhaust system has been designed with equal length exhaust
manifolds and reduced muffler exhaust pressure help improve engine breathing.
Both are tuned to create authoritative harmonies, helping enhance driving
pleasure, an exciting engine sound and expected improvements in emissions and
fuel economy (versus the previous generation VQ engine).
The fourth-generation VQ engine design also includes a long list of advanced
systems found on the previous design - including a Continuously Variable Valve
Timing Control System (CVTCS), a "noiseless" timing chain for quiet operation,
an electronically controlled "drive-by-wire" throttle system, microfinished
crank journals and cam lobes, and molybdenum coated lightweight pistons.
Every EX35 utilizes a subframe-mounted independent front double-wishbone
suspension with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links, high-performance dual-flow
pass shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is an independent
multi-link design with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links and axle housing,
high-performance dual-flow pass shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
Steering is provided by a speed-sensitive power-assisted steering system with
power-assisted front and rear discs (vented front) and standard Anti-lock
Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake
Also standard is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS),
while an advanced Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Preview Braking is
Available wheel and tire combinations include an 18-inch 8-spoke
aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/55R18 tires.
EX35 features Infiniti's ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering
System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, which is also
utilized on the 2008 M, FX and G Saloon.
The system utilizes an active torque distribution management system with an
active centre clutch designed for smooth starts and better traction and
maneuverability on snowy and wet roads than conventional all-wheel drive
systems, plus minimal compromise of rear-wheel drive performance characteristics
on dry roads.
Advanced New Technology
The EX35's advanced technology design is highlighted by one system that is
the first production version available in the US and Europe: the Infiniti Around
It 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 car that the Around View Monitor's four-camera system
does," said Wright. "Rear bumper parking sensors help detect objects behind a
car, but again they can't give the view of the space around the vehicle that the
EX35 European specification
The information given above relates to the US market EX35. Specifications of
the European version will be confirmed closer to the on sale date.
In terms of positioning, it is difficult to find any direct rivals for the EX
being arguably the first of a new wave of coupe crossovers. But looking at other
cars available currently, the EX might be lined up against rivals as diverse as
the BMW X3 3.0si and Audi A4 3.2FSI quattro avant.
The EX will get its first European showing at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The
brand will be launched across Europe, city by city, starting in the autumn of
2008 - a process that will take two years. Infiniti Europe will reveal more
details of its launch schedule towards the end of 2007.
Four models will be available in Europe from launch. These will include the G
saloon, the G coupe, the EX as detailed above, and a successor to the iconic FX
to be unveiled next year. A replacement for the M-series will join the European
range early in the next decade along with the option, on the M-, EX- and
FX-series, of a high performance V6 diesel.
Superior customer service will be as important to Infiniti as the product.
This starts with the retail network, all of which will employ the new Infiniti
Retail Design Environment Initiative (IREDI) that has a look and feel more akin
to a luxury designer hotel than a car showroom, and continues with Infiniti's
Total Ownership Experience (TOE) philosophy that covers all contacts the
customer will have with the brand.
Said Wright: "The launch of a premium car brand in Europe is a rare and
special event. Infiniti will have the simple philosophy of offering the
independently minded customer a new alternative of vibrant product teamed with
excellent service. The cars are all elegantly designed, comprehensively equipped
and aimed at the enthusiast. But they are only half the story. Effortless
ownership will be equally important as you will discover closer to the launch."
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