The 2013 model year brings some long-overdue changes that makes the Infiniti model line more coherent and focused, as well as an additional model for the lineup that may not fit the brand's traditional performance-oriented image, but is nonetheless expected to be one of the brand's best-sellers. The biggest news for the 2013 model year is the addition of the three-row JX crossover, giving the brand a unique alternative to the strong-selling Lexus RX. Below are the changes to Infiniti's 2013 model lineup:
Notice that the G25 isn't mentioned. That's because the model is being dropped from the lineup for 2013. Originally envisioned as a higher-efficiency alternative to those that liked the styling of the G sedan, but didn't need its galloping 328-horse engine, the G25 never sold in significant numbers. Even Infiniti's commitment to it seemed half-hearted, being that navigation was not available on the lower-powered model, a fairly significant omission in a premium-brand vehicle.
Other than curtains for the G25, the big news for the G lineup is the addition of an IPL model to the G37 coupe and convertible models, bumping horsepower on both models by 18, totaling 343 on the convertible and 348 on the coupe. The IPL features unique front and rear bumper fascias, 19-inch wheels, and unique interior trim. If you're a fan of do-it-yourself gearchanges, the coupe is your only option, as the convertible is available exclusively with Infiniti's 7-speed automatic transmission.
One of the original luxury-performance crossovers, the FX lineup upgrades its standard 3.5-liter V-6 for a 325-hp 3.7-liter engine used in the G and M models, earning it the moniker of FX37 on models so equipped. The 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 powered FX50 continues for 2013. Other than the base engine upgrade, the FX gets a new moving object detection feature added to the Around View system.
As you can probably tell from the name change, the FX's smaller sibling also gets upgraded to the 325-hp 3.7-liter V-6, something the EX has had since 2008 in Europe and other overseas markets. As before, the EX is available in rear and all-wheel drive configurations.
Infiniti's all-new model for 2013 gives buyers a more practical, mainstream option than the packaging-challenged FX and EX models, but something smaller and more maneuverable than the jumbo-sized QX56. Best thought of as an upscale, extended-length Nissan Murano, the JX35 shares the Murano's 3.5-liter transverse V-6 and CVT transmission. Fitting for its likely role as suburban mommy-shuttle, the JX comes with a full alphabet soup of safety systems, including Around View Monitor (AVM), Moving Object Detection (MOD), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and perhaps most noteworthy, the new Back-Up Collision Intervention (BCI) system, which can apply the brakes preemptively, if needed.
Infiniti's large sedan adds the Sport package for all-wheel drive models for 2013, which consists of 20-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes, paddle shifters and sport seats with enhanced bolstering. All models get an auto trunk "cincher", auto-dimming sideview mirrors, and a new Performance Tire & Wheel Package that replaces the previous 18-inch wheel and tire package with 20-inch wheels and tires.
In what's probably the closest equivalent to a Japanese Escalade, the QX56 goes into the 2013 model year with minor changes. The living-large luxury SUV gets Infiniti's moving object detection system added to the Around View monitor, standard auto-dimming outside mirrors, an upgraded remote control and interface for the Theater Package, and Smoky Quartz replacing Mountain Sage on the paint option palette.