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2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe Preview

5/22/2013
Fast Facts:
  • 4-passenger seating
  • Rear- or all-wheel-drive (RWD or AWD) capability
  • Standard rearview camera
  • 7.4 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Choice of manual or automatic transmission

Introduction
Built to compete with segment best-sellers from BMW and Audi, the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe approaches entry-level luxury from a decidedly sporty perspective, as evidenced by its sleek 2-door body style and potent V-6 engine.

Little has changed from the 2012 model, with the exception of slight revisions to the interior trim and leather colors.

Exterior Features
In addition to a set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires, Journey and G37x Coupe models are equipped with automatic HID headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, and twin chrome exhaust tips. Those models are followed by the G37 Coupe Sport, distinguished by V-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a unique front bumper design, and a power tilt/slide moonroof.

The G37 Coupe is also available with Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) trimmings, including 7-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, larger exhaust tips, revised front-end styling, and lower side skirts.

Interior Features
Inside the 2013 Infiniti G37 Journey and G37x Coupe models is a wide variety of premium features, among which are leather upholstery, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, aluminum trim, and heated power front seats with 8-way adjustment for the driver and passenger. The interior is also home to a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio service, 7-inch information screen, and a 6-speaker sound system with a USB port. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, too, as is an instrument panel-mounted dial that can be used to control a host of interior systems.

Several upgrades serve to differentiate the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe Sport model from its less athletic counterparts. These include power front sport seats with memory and 12-way adjustment for the driver, aluminum foot pedals, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen, 3-D map display, real-time traffic and weather information, and voice recognition technology. For audiophiles, Infiniti has equipped the G37 Sport with a premium sound system featuring DVD and digital file playback capability, and a driver-centric setting for the 11 speakers and 10-inch subwoofers.

IPL models share most of the Sport's features but spices up the interior with red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob.

Optional Features
Many of the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe Sport's standard features can be added to the Journey and G37x models by opting for the logically named Sport package. Contents include V-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, magnesium paddle shifters, and a limited-slip rear differential.

Buyers of the G37 Coupe Journey and G37x Coupe can also consider purchasing an Interior Accent package with maple wood trim, Navigation package that mirrors the standard setup in the Sport, and a Technology package boasting pre-crash front seat belts, rain-sensing wipers, interior air purifier, and an intelligent cruise control system that can pre-pressurize the brakes if its sensors anticipate a sudden braking situation.

Like the Navigation and Sport packages, an available Premium package outfits Journey and G37x Coupes with many of the Sport's features. Here, buyers gain access to the power tilt/slide moonroof, drivers' memory settings, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, rear park-assist sensors, and 11-speaker audio system.

Under the Hood
In keeping with its sporty image, the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 330 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Journey and G37x models also feature a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual and sport modes, as well as downshift rev matching. The Sport variant utilizes a 6-speed manual gearbox, and upgrades the chassis with a performance-tuned suspension and steering system.

For IPL models, a dual exhaust system helps bump engine output to 348 horsepower and 276 lb.-ft. of torque. An IPL-tuned suspension serves to provide sportier handling.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe are:

  • G37 Coupe with 6-speed manual transmission: 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • G37 Coupe with 7-speed automatic transmission: 19/27/22 mpg
  • G37x Coupe: 18/25/20 mpg

Safety
The 2013 Infiniti G37's standard safety features include 6 air bags, traction control, rearview camera, front active head restraints, 4-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist. Sport models add larger brake discs, limited-slip rear differential, and rear park-assist sensors.

In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate frontal-offset crash protection. As this preview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe.

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