Stylish new X3 rival combines good looks with promise of high quality
5 April 2007

The BMW X3-rivalling Infiniti EX35 concept stole the limelight at the New York show. It also gave us a big insight into the look of one of the first Infinitis that will be coming to the UK in September 2008. The concept is "95 per cent of the real thing" according to company sources, though we’ll have to wait until the Los Angeles motor show in October to see the final production version. The interior will be nearly identical to the concept's as well - and that drew a lot of praise in New York. There's a modern, cleanly designed dash that easily looks and feels up to the standards of German fit and finish, albeit with more design flourishes such as natty lilac ambient lighting. Interior space is a match for the X3's too, if not quite as cavernous as a Land Rover Freelander. The EX will be launched with a V6 petrol engine: we’ll have to wait until 2010 for a V6 diesel version. If Infiniti keeps to its promises, however, it should not only undercut the BMW X3 3.0-litre on price, but it should have an equipment advantage as well.

Chas Hallett

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