G35: evolution of the original, with its
long hood and athletic stance.
29th April 2006.
Following its global debut at the 2006
New York international auto
show earlier this month,
the all-new, second generation
Infiniti G sedan
will go on sale in the U.S. from November 2006.
The new G comes on an enhanced
platform, with the new generation of the VQ-series V6
engine, a redesigned interior with Japanese design cues,
and a list of available technology including a touch
screen navigation system
with real-time traffic function and a premium audio system
to bring studio quality sound on the road.
nearly a third of all Infinitis sold in
the United States.
Representing nearly one in every three
Infinitis sold in the United States, the G35
Sedan has attracted many
new buyers to Infiniti. The original G35 Sedan was
introduced in March 2002 as a 2003 model, followed eight
months later by the G35 Coupe. The G Sedan and Coupe
shared the 2003 Motor Trend Car of the Year award and
signalled the direction for Infiniti models that followed,
including the Infiniti FX, QX and M.
Assembled by Nissan
Motor Co., Ltd. in Tochigi, Japan, the new Infinity G35
brings a new contribution to the luxury brand global
expansion plans. Fully established in Taiwan, Korea and
the Middle East, Infiniti is now preparing to launch in
China and Russia. Global Infiniti retail sales represent
around 150,000 vehicles
The new G’s design comes as an
evolution of the original’s, with its long hood, pushed
back A-pillars and athletic stance.
optional Adaptive Front lighting (AFS).
The front is highlighted by the
L-shaped headlights and Infiniti signature grille with
sculpted horizontal blades, inspired by traditional
Japanese swords. High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-xenon
headlights are standard,
while an Adaptive Front
lighting System (AFS),
which automatically controls the headlight lighting
pattern according to steering angle and vehicle speed to
help provide better visibility at night, is optionally
In the rear, a prominent dual exhaust
outlets express the sporty capabilities, with either a
rear-wheel- or an all-wheel-drive character, under the
L-shaped LED taillights and the trunk lid with its
integrated spoiler .
models get 18'' aluminium-alloy wheels
(17'' on non-Sport models).
G35 Sport models offer a unique front
fascia and side sills. A full rear spoiler is also
available. The Sport models also include standard 18-inch,
aluminium-alloy wheels (versus 17-inch on non-Sport
The instrument panel features Fine
Vision gauges with a new white-and-violet illumination.
White is used for the most important information because
it provides the highest contrast, while violet – a
traditional Japanese representation of royalty – is used
as an accent colour.
A centre information display, which is
located between the tachometer and speedometer and conveys
updates from the drive computer (average fuel consumption,
average speed, elapsed time, running distance, distance to
empty and outside air temperature, warning displays,
odometer and automatic transmission shift indicator) uses
2007 G35s come equipped with standard
Another detail that has roots in
Japanese design is the new G’s “Washi”-style
textured aluminium-alloy accents. Washi is a form of
elegant, handmade Japanese paper. The aluminium trim
pieces are located on the centre console, across the
instrument panel and on the door panels.
The G’s steering wheel is
double-stitched by hand – a process that takes two hours
to complete, allowing the stitches to be moved away from
where the driver’s hands are placed for a smoother,
improved feel. Steering wheel-mounted cruise control and
audio switches are standard on all models.
G35 Sport models equipped with the
automatic transmission feature lightweight magnesium
paddle shifters. The paddle shifters enable upshifts or
downshifts without releasing hands from the steering
Another unique feature is the G’s
new, optional Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose, combining
the industry’s first 3-way front door speaker array
using 10-inch woofers with an audiophile quality head unit
incorporating a 24-bit Burr Brown Digital Audio Converter.
The G’s optional touch screen
Infiniti Navigation System features available XM
NavTraffic with real-time traffic information. Other
technologies include standard Infiniti Intelligent Key
with Push Button Ignition and available RearView Monitor
and Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System.
All 2007 G35s come equipped with
standard leather-appointed seating in a choice of Wheat
(except Sport models), Stone or Graphite. Along with the
Washi-style aluminium trim, real wood (straight-grained
Rosewood) accents are optionally available.
V6 engine - The VQ35 3.5-liter
V6 engine has been significantly enhanced for the new G35.
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The VQ-series V6, which has been named
one of the "Ten Best Engines" by Ward’s Auto
World magazine for 12 consecutive years, now moves into
its fourth generation and has been significantly
rethought, with approximately 80% of major parts (except
bolts, O-rings and clips) redesigned.
The engine block features ladder frame
construction for greater rigidity, crank journal and pin
diameters have been increased, the block height increased
by 8.4 millimetres to reduce piston side force and the
engine centre is now 15 millimetres lower, which also
contributes to the G’s improved dynamic performance.
Other enhancements include the addition
of standard variable exhaust cam timing (eCVTCS), a higher
rev limit (increased from 6,600 rpm to 7,500 rpm) and
higher compression ratio (10.6:1 versus the previous
10.3:1), asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors,
improved coolant flow and new Iridium spark plugs.
A new symmetric twin ram air intake
system helps reduce airflow resistance by 18% and a new
exhaust system design with equal length exhaust manifolds
and reduced muffler exhaust pressure (25% less than the
first generation G35) help improve engine breathing.
The result of these changes is an
estimated 300-plus horsepower (ratings are per SAE J1349,
AUG 2004) and a powerful torque curve (final horsepower
and torque figures will be released at a later date), a
more exciting engine sound and expected improvements in
emissions and fuel economy.
5-speed automatic allows for quicker
shifts in sporty driving.
The new VQ engine design also includes
advanced systems found on the previous design –
including a continuously variable valve timing control
system, a "noiseless" timing chain for quiet
operation, an electronically controlled
"drive-by-wire" throttle system, microfinished
crank journals and cam lobes, and molybdenum coated
Gearboxes - The G35 offers a
choice of 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift
mode or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 5-speed
automatic features Downshift Rev Matching, DS mode and ASC
(Adaptive Shift Control) that allows for quicker shifts in
sporty driving situations.
FM platform - The second
generation FM (Front Mid-ship) platform is similar to that
used on the Infiniti M, where the engine is located behind
the front axle (hence the "front mid-ship"
position), optimising front-to-rear-weight balance, while
the combination of a long wheelbase of 112.2 inches
(2850mm), a manageable overall length of 187.0 inches
(4750mm), and a wider front and rear track (+0.7 inches
front, + 0.9 inches rear) adds to the G35’s overall
handling stability (see main the new Infinity
G35 main dimensions page).
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Suspension comes in a 4-wheel
independent design with lightweight aluminium components
and front and rear stabilizer bars, for nimble and natural
feeling handling, as well as a controlled, refined ride.
The front suspension minimizes alignment changes through
use of a lower wishbone and a long upper link. The rear
design separates the shock absorbers and springs, locating
the shock absorber inline with the wheel centre to help
reduce suspension friction and reduce the wind-up motion
of the axle on acceleration.
Body stiffness has been enhanced
through utilization of new structural pieces, including in
the critical engine compartment and rear floor areas, and
a 16% increase in the number of body spot welds.
The rear-wheel drive G35 is also
offered with a modern all-wheel drive system. The G35x AWD
model features Infiniti’s ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total
Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque
Split), an all-wheel drive system also used in the M35x
and FX. The system utilizes an active torque distribution
management system with an active centre clutch designed
for smooth starts and better traction and manoeuvrability
on snowy roads, and minimal compromise of rear-wheel drive
performance characteristics on dry roads.
The power steering system is a new
twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensing design, which provides
optimum steering feel at both high and low vehicle speeds.
The new G features standard 17-inch
aluminium-alloy wheels with P225/55R17 tires and 18-inch
aluminium-alloy wheels and P225/50R18 tires front and
P245/45R18 tires rear on Sport models. A Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS) is standard on all 2007 G35s.
Active safety - All 2007 G35s,
rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, come with Vehicle Dynamic
Control (VDC), helping to enhance vehicle stability under
a variety of driving conditions, while Viscous Limited
Slip Differential (VLSD) is standard on Sport models.
The braking system adopts
power-assisted 4-wheel vented disc brakes with 4-channel,
4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake
force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).
Passive safety - All 2007 G35s
come equipped with the Advanced Air Bag System with
dual-stage supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors
and occupant classification sensor, front-seat side-impact
supplemental air bags and roof-mounted side-impact curtain
air bags for front- and rear-seat occupant head
protection. Also standard are 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts
(driver’s side ELR only) and front seat belts with
pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper
anchors, front seat Active Head Restraints and the LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system.
The G35 also features Zone Body
Construction with front and rear crushable zones to help
disperse crash energy around the passenger compartment.
Models - The 2007 Infiniti
G35 is available in five
models: G35, G35 Journey, G35x AWD, G35 Sport and G35
In addition to the standard and
available equipment on the G35, G35 Journey and G35x AWD
models, the G Sport models get drilled aluminium pedals,
magnesium paddle shifters (on AT model), sport seats and
upgraded brakes, sport-tuned suspension and Viscous
Limited Slip Differential.
Several optional packages are available
for the 2007 G35 Sedan, including a Premium Package,
sunroof, satellite radio (choice of XM or Sirius),
Navigation Package, Technology Package, rear spoiler and