Infiniti has only just announced the prices of its first diesel, the Infiniti FX30d. Now it is the turn of its second. To be badged Infiniti EX30d and priced from £35,975, this crossover promises to raise the bar for diesel engine refinement and vehicle safety as well as delivering Infiniti's greenest environmental performance to date.
The Infiniti EX30d also brings a new high-value proposition to the market thanks to prices, announced today, that are lower than the petrol-fuelled equivalent. On sale from early July 2010, the Infiniti EX diesel models are expected to account for eight out of every 10 EX sales.
At the top of the line-up is a new GT Premium version equipped as standard with a suite of innovative safety technology, some of it only just made available for the first time on any Infiniti in Europe. The package includes features that return the car to its correct lane on the motorway and give the driver warning of impending collisions - features that some companies do not offer at any price.
The Infiniti EX30d is complemented in the newly expanded Infiniti EX line-up by the more luxury oriented EX30d GT model and Infiniti's new top grade, GT Premium, which is available in the Infiniti EX range for the first time. Introduced in response to customer demand, GT Premium models include the brand's most sophisticated new safety and convenience features as standard and set a new benchmark in luxury crossover value.
Like the petrol variants, every Infiniti EX diesel is exceptionally well equipped. The entry Infiniti EX30d comes as standard with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) 7-speed automatic transmission, active torque distribution all-wheel drive, Xenon cornering headlights, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, Scratch Shield self-healing paint, electrically adjustable front seats, power-fold rear seats, cruise control and a 7-speaker audio system with 6-CD changer, MP3 decoder, Aux-In and Bluetooth for mobile connectivity.
The Infiniti EX30d GT adds leather upholstery, 10-way power driver's seat with memory, 8-way power front passenger seat, electrically adjustable steering column, heated front seats, rear air conditioning vent and a jacket hanger.
The new Infiniti EX GT Premium, available in both Infiniti EX30 diesel (£41,220) and Infiniti EX37 petrol (£41,080) forms, combines the features of the GT with technology from Infiniti's innovative Safety Shield program, such as Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with full speed range, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), to which is added the Connectiviti+ infotainment package.
ICC ensures a safe distance to the car in front while the cruise control is operating. When cruise control is off - the majority of the time for most drivers - a combination of IBA and FCW remains constantly on alert, not just warning the driver of insufficient distance to the vehicle in front but pre-loading the powerful all-disc braking system in readiness for an emergency stop, should that become necessary.
Every GT Premium model also features Around View Monitor (AVM), with its 360-degree bird's eye view of the car and its surroundings, and the acclaimed Connectiviti+ satellite navigation system. Four times faster than the previous DVD satnav, the 30GB hard disk drive offers utmost user friendliness and highly advanced functionality - including 3D graphics on the high-resolution touch screen, access to Michelin Green Guide tourist information and gastronomical Red Guide, and automatic warnings of fixed-position safety cameras (not all markets). Instead of a CD changer for six discs Connectiviti+ boasts a 10GB Music Box - to store music from up to 300 CDs.
It is expected that, throughout Europe, the new GT Premium versions will become Infiniti's top selling models.
Prices for the full range of 2010 Infiniti EX models are as follows:
|Infiniti EX37 GT||£37,605|
|Infiniti EX30d GT||£37,305|
|Infiniti EX37 GT Premium||£41,080|
|Infiniti EX30d GT Premium||£41,220|