Nissan gives drivers a pair of worthy luxury options
Nissan’s Infiniti brand is ready to take on BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Lexus models in the mid-sized luxury SUV market
THE newest brand has stalled on the starting line.
Infiniti is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota. Except Lexus has a host of models and dealers while Infiniti has launched with just two models and two dealers.
In the next few months a Melbourne dealer will join Sydney and Brisbane and their showrooms will be open. Adelaide and Perth follow by the end of next year.
At least the two models they have launched are quality vehicles which will target growing sectors: the FX midsized luxury SUV and theM luxury sedan.
The FX is competitive on price with the established Audi Q7, BMWX5/X6, Mercedes ML and Lexus RX. In common with the Lexus and unlike the Europeans, it comes with a full suite of standard features.
TheMlines up respectively against the A6, 5 Series, E-Class and GS and is also heavy on standard kit.
Both Infinitis ask $1500 for metallic paint, the warranty is four years/ 100,000km and services can be done only at qualified centres, which is not particularly practical at the moment. Against that, the roadside assistance program is all-encompassing.
The older model, the FX is powered by V6 petrol or diesel engines or a 287kW 5.0-litre petrol V8 that guzzles 13.1L/100km.
TheMrange is all V6, in petrol, diesel or hybrid. The latter has an impressive total output of 268kW and uses less fuel than the diesel. It will also operate in full electric mode up to 100km/h if there is enough battery charge.
All models have seven-speed automatic transmissions with downshift rev matching and