By the looks of it, Infiniti has been hard at work implementing some changes to its 2013 model year lineup. Some of these changes have been expected for a long time now while others are a pleasant surprise. The G, FX and EX receive the most drastic changes, while other stalwarts like the QX see minor tweaks. Without question, the biggest addition to Infiniti’s lineup is the 2013 JX crossover, which we recently had a chance to test out. The JX is based on the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which breaks from its truck-inspired underpinnings. The G25 has also been dropped from Infiniti’s portfolio completely for the 2013 model year, and Infiniti will be upgrading the V-6 engine in the EX and FX SUVs. Read on to see a complete recap of the changes Infiniti will be implementing for the 2013 model year lineup.
Meet the new guy which recently went on sale as a 2013 model. The JX35 is Infiniti’s answer for the masses and the Japanese automaker expects it to move the second most units behind the G lineup. Unlike its FX and EX siblings, the JX35 offers more features and more importantly, more space for passengers, with its ability to carry up to seven. It also feels more nimble than its big brother, the QX56, and more upscale than the Nissan Murano, though it shares proportions with the latter. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine provides 265 horsepower with help from a continuously variable transmission. Like all other 2013 Infiniti models, the JX comes standard with an array of safety features including Moving Object Detection, Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, and Back-up Collision Intervention, which is new as well.
New for the 2013 model year, the FX welcomes the addition of the same engine employed in the G37 and M37 models. The 3.7 V-6 engine is rated at 325 hp; the FX50 continues with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine that directs 390 ponies to the pavement. Besides the engine upgrade, the 2013 FX sees Moving Object Detection added to the Around View system.
If you didn’t guess by reading it, the EX also gets the 3.7-liter V-6 engine upgrade for the 2013 model year. (Hence the number 37 added onto the nameplate). This engine has already been in use across the pond since 2008 but now we’ll finally have a chance to use it too. As always, the EX will continue to be available in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations.
The biggest SUV of the bunch, the QX56 is set to enter the 2013 model year with minimal changes. The QX56 will see the addition of auto-dimming outside mirrors, a refined remote control and interface for the Theater package, Moving Object Detection has been added to the Around View monitor, and Mountain Sage exterior paint folds to make way for Smoky Quartz.
The biggest sedan in Infiniti’s portfolio welcomes a Sport package for 2013 models equipped with all-wheel drive. This Sport package includes sport brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, 20-inch wheels, and paddle shifters. Auto-dimming side view mirrors are also available on the 2013 variant and a new Performance Tire and Wheel package is available which replaces the 18-inch wheel and tire set-up with a 20-inch tire and wheel.
The big news for the 2013 G lineup comes in two forms. The first one being the addition of the IPL model to the coupe and convertible G configurations and brings an extra 18 hp with it for both models. This brings the final tally of hp in the convertible to 343 and 348 on the coupe variant. The Infiniti Performance Line G features 19-inch wheels, a different styled trim for the interior, and a front and rear bumper design only native to the IPL. The coupe will feature a six-speed manual transmission while the convertible will only offer a seven-speed automatic transmission.
What about the G25 you ask? Infiniti has opted to drop the smaller G starting with the 2013 model year. Originally designed as a more fuel efficient offering to the brute that is the G37, the G25 rides off into the sunset with its minimal sales figures in tow.