What is it?
Nissan has given us a spin in a prototype version of next year’s Infiniti G37 saloon, a “European-ised” version of the American-spec G35.
Changes involve a bigger engine, seven-speed automatic transmission in place of the G35’s six-speed slusher and a higher-quality interior. When it goes on sale in the UK in 2009, Infiniti sources say the G37 will be priced close to the BMW 330i saloon, while offering far more kit as standard.
What’s it like?
A tale in several parts. Even behind some mild disguise, there’s no doubting that the saloon’s styling is short on the sort of visual interest that buyers in this segment are likely to expect – which is a shame, as the G37’s coupe sister is an unarguably handsome thing.
Euro-Infiniti is also going to get a higher-quality cabin than it’s American rival: classier leather, better materials and even changes like the arrival of a rotary heated seat switch in terms of the clunky two-position plastic item offered in US-spec cars.
It seems well-finished and comfortable, although the dashboard is cluttered with buttons, and European buyers won’t be spared the cheesy oval clock that sits at its centre.