Diesel-powered Infiniti EX baby SUV will cost from £35,975; new trims
20 May 2010

The diesel-powered Infiniti EX baby SUV will cost from £35,975.

The Infiniti EX30d has a compacted graphite iron block, which saves weight and improves refinement. It is powered by a 235bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine which produces 406lb ft of torque from 1750rpm. It averages 33.2mpg, emits 224g/km of CO2 and hist 0-62mph in 7.9sec.

Infiniti has also expanded the EX range with the GT and GT Premium models.

The GT level adds leather upholstery, electric and heated front seats and an electrically adjustable steering column.

GT Premium adds what Infiniti calls its Safety Shield program, which includes intelligent cruise control, intelligent brake assist, lane departure prevention and forward collision warning, plus a high-speed sat-nav system.

The diesel EX goes on sale from July, and diesel models are expected to account for 80 per cent of EX sales.

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20 May 2010

[quote Autocar]The diesel-powered Infiniti EX baby SUV will cost from £35,975.[/quote]

Yikes, I take it all back. A tarted-up, small Freelander, badged a Range Rover for £35k, suddenly looks a snip.

So Nissan thinks they can out-price Audi and BMW with a Renault their new diesel? Top of the range Q5, 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic, can be had for £36k on the road - second and a half quicker 0-60 mph, 4 more miles to the gal., 7 speed DSG box, less VED/company car tax, higher towing weight, more luggage room...

Dear god, wait till the new X3 comes out this autumn and marmalises this stupidly priced Datsun.

When will these also-rans realise that it takes more than a new brand plate glued to the bonnet or cynical badge-engineering to justify premium pricing, when it's taken the established players decades of constant engineering effort and billions of euros of investment in R&D to get to where they are?

20 May 2010

Takes a "marque" that has chosen a pair of bollocks as its emblem to think its going to be able to charge £36k for this me to baby SUV.

It will account for 80% of sales, that will be 4 then?

20 May 2010

Could Infiniti seriously not shave 2 g CO2 / km off the 227 g figure to bring it into VED band K? That would save owners nearly £200 a year in tax, and possibly more in later years. Seems like a missed opportunity to me.

Interestingly, the EX's rivals can manage it: Audi Q5 3.0 TDI S Tronic (199 g), BMW X3 xDrive30d Steptronic (206 g), Volvo XC60 2.4 D5 Geartronic (184 g). They can all compete on performance grounds, too.

In fact, the only rival I can think of that doesn't manage it is the Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD Automatic (242 g)! That's completely outclassed in most areas, though, except for off-roading.

20 May 2010

I'd have one were I in the market for such a vehicle precisely because it isn't one of the established players. It might not quite match the tech spec of it's closest rivals but none of them can match the standard kit at this price.

[quote nicksheele]Dear god[/quote]

Really? It's only a forum...


20 May 2010

[quote Dark Isle]In fact, the only rival I can think of that doesn't manage it is the Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD Automatic (242 g)! That's completely outclassed in most areas, though, except for off-roading.[/quote]

For around £5k less than this Datsun you can get - in a few months - the new Grand Cherokee, built by Magna in Austria, with a Merc 3 litre diesel, and bags more space, utility and off-road ability. Nissan genuinely seems to have gone mad under Ghosn's direction, with delusions of grandeur, like a modern-day Napoleon.

20 May 2010

Thankfully the human race have different tastes in this world and i certainly am glad my tastes do not mirror the one of nicksheele

20 May 2010

[quote Dark Isle]Could Infiniti seriously not shave 2 g CO2 / km off the 227 g figure to bring it into VED band K?[/quote]

They did, Autocar have made a whoopsy with their article. Either it's a typo or they haven't read the press release properly. The EX 30d emits 224 g/km of CO2...


20 May 2010

[quote bomb][quote Dark Isle]Could Infiniti seriously not shave 2 g CO2 / km off the 227 g figure to bring it into VED band K?[/quote]

They did, Autocar have made a whoopsy with their article. Either it's a typo or they haven't read the press release properly. The EX 30d emits 224 g/km of CO2...[/quote]

Ha! Well there you go, then! I have to say I didn't think Infiniti would miss such an obvious trick. It still emits more than most of its' rivals, though; maybe it's heavier? Afterall, it is loaded with equipment.

20 May 2010

I'm glad Infiniti have finally seen sense and launched a diesel for the EX. Infiniti seem to be getting a bit of stick in this discussion, but I think premium Japanese brands are great. Just look at Toyota and Lexus... I also think that Infiniti's designs are good so seeing more of them about can't surely be a bad thing, and the more there are around, the cheaper the second-hand values will be! I'm also liking the torque figure in that article - it certainly won't be a slouch with 406lb ft...

20 May 2010

[quote nicksheele]When will these also-rans realise that it takes more than a new brand plate glued to the bonnet or cynical badge-engineering to justify premium pricing, when it's taken the established players decades of constant engineering effort and billions of euros of investment in R&D to get to where they are?[/quote]

Nick, you can be amusingly trenchant, but I'm driving around in the Autocar Infiniti at the moment and I can tell you you've got it wrong. I stepped into the EX this evening after four days in middle Europe and it was a breath of fresh air.

It may be a bit small on the inside, but it's a delight to drive. It's a proper front-mid engined chassis and seriously well engineered.

Incidentally, I was looking at a taped-up X3 prototype in a Munich car park this morning. It's surprisingly big. I hear the X1 is doing the business for Beamer. That car is much more in tune with the times.

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