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Infiniti logo1 Dec 2012

By TIM NICHOLSON

THE oldest of three model lines that formed the basis of Infiniti’s relaunch in Australia was the G37 in Coupe and Convertible form, which arrived in late 2012, a few months after the FX SUV and M sedan.

The G37 had been around in international markets since 2008, though it had been refreshed in 2011.

With an all-new G-series sedan to arrive in 2013, it was a brave decision by Infiniti’s parent company Nissan to launch an older car onto the market, especially one that to compete with the Audi A5, Lexus IS250C and BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible.

But, given that the G37 was closely related to the Nissan 370Z, Infiniti believed it had the right product to compete with the big guns.

A 235kW version of Nissan’s widely used 3.7-litre V6, mated to a seven-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, was the only powertrain offered.

This pushed the coupe from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds but the 170kg-heavier convertible was somewhat slower at 6.4s.

Fuel economy was also impacted, with the 1866kg convertible recording 11.4L/100km on the combined test cycle against 10.5L/100km for the coupe.

The electric-operated roof on the convertible opened and closed in 25 seconds, using a button on the centre console. For safety, pop-up roll bars deployed automatically in a rollover.

Standard features included 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, automatic bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable seats (10-way for driver, including lumbar), a seven-inch touchscreen, 30Gb hard-drive navigation system, 10Gb music box, Bluetooth and audio streaming, and full iPod/USB connectivity.

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