A diesel offering is a must in Europe — and to help appease the incessant demand for oil-burners in that market, Infiniti has created diesel-powered variants of its FX and EX crossovers.
Billed the FX30d and EX30d, respectively, both crossovers make use of an all-new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. Called the “V9X,” the new engine was developed in partnership with corporate parent Renault, and is built in France.
“Although we investigated adapting an existing large capacity diesel,” said Jim Wright, vice president of Infiniti Europe, “we quickly established that nothing on the market met our exacting requirements. We decided to develop our own engine, a performance diesel worthy of the Infiniti badge.”
Infiniti says the V-6 is capable of producing 235 hp, and lays down a solid 405 lb-ft of torque from 1750-2500 rpm. In both models, the engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic as standard equipment. Perhaps more important to European buyers, the CO2 levels are rather low (224 grams of CO2 per kilometer in the EX, 240 grams in the FX), and fuel economy is equally thrifty.
Few details differentiate the diesel-powered FX and EX models from their VQ-powered siblings, but engineers did have to thoroughly revamp the engine compartment — subframe included — to accommodate the new diesel.
Infiniti will unveil both models at the Geneva motor show in March, but the engine will work its way into another offering — the all-new M sedan — later this year.