235bhp, 406lb ft direct-injection for EX, FX and M models
2 March 2010

Infiniti EX and FX models are now available to order with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, the first time a diesel engine has ever appeared in Infiniti’s 20-year history.

The 235bhp, 406lb ft direct-injection engine will also feature in the firm’s new M saloon, due to go on sale later this year.

The engine helps the EX30d get from 0-62mph in 7.9sec and the FX30d covers the same distance in 8.3sec.

Infiniti’s European vice president Jim Wright said a diesel engine was a must if Infiniti was to establish itself in Europe.

“We were aware from the outset that for Infiniti to offer a complete range a powerful diesel engine was a must, especially in the European premium SUV market where diesel represents the bulk of sector sales,” he said.

In addition, Infiniti has confirmed that the window switches in the Infiniti M will be used in the EX and FX from now on. The previous parts were shared with the Nissan Qashqai.

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DKW

19 February 2010

Infinity offer a more sporting and performance oriented range than Lexus, and are quite right that a high performance diesel is critical to their success. It's a shame then that their offering has only 235 bhp. That's right at the bottom of the horsepower range for a 3.0 these days - how does that make it high performance? BMW can get over 300 BHP from a 3.0 diesel these days.

I'm sure it will be a decent engine, and I know their cars are a little lighter than some of their competitors, but to be successful they are going to need to be better than merely decent.

A new engine, starting at the bottom of the pile before it's even hit the market. Fail. I know there's a lot more to an engine than horsepower, but it doesn't look good.

Why on Earth did Nissan pair up with Renault anyway? Carlos Ghosn had got Nissan running perfectly well. Why join up with a nondescript bunch of also-rans who have never produced a properly classy car, and who are consistently at the bottom of MOT failure tables (this description by the way applies to all French Manufacturers). If you want to move upmarket Nissan, ditch Renault.

19 February 2010

Fleet News were reporting earlier this week on Infiniti's guaranteed residuals scheme:

Risk-free residuals for Infiniti buyers

Presumably the numbers will get even better for the diesel variants.

DKW

19 February 2010

I withdraw the 'nondescript' accusation for French cars - Citroen has made some refreshingly alternative offerings, but like other French cars they lack an aura of quality. Nissans quality stats have gone down significantly since their association with Renault too, and are no longer at the standard you would expect of a Japanese Manufacturer. Renault have not been a good influence.

19 February 2010

Another Xedos style challenger. Lacking in power, looks and without any pedigree.

19 February 2010

DKW - Nissan have been paired with Nissan for 11 years now. It's hardly a recent development. They merged in 1999.

The BMW X5 3 litre diesel (probably it's main competitor, and the comparison you refer to) produces 245 BHP, not 300. So actually very similar to the Infiniti. If you want more, the X540D produces it, but has a starting price of £46K. The vast bulk of sales of the X5 are the the lower horsepower 30D.

19 February 2010

I think you'll find that Renault scored higher than Nissan in the latest ADAC reliability surveys than Nissan (more important measure than customer related wear and tear issues) but, nevertheless the introduction of the diesel in the Infiniti can only help in improving overall European sales (where the lower fiscal hp makes more sense) .

Will still remain a niche choice behind the Germans but that's what Infiniti expect over the next few years. Had the chance to sit in one - at least it seems to have the quality and quirkiness to fill the void left by Saab during GM ownership....

20 February 2010

[quote Evo_ermine]DKW - Nissan have been paired with Nissan for 11 years now[/quote]
... and are simply not big enough to survive on their own.

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