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2009 Infiniti EX35 SUV - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Leather upholstery standard on all models
  • New standard features and updated packages
  • Standard Scratch Shield self-healing paint
Overview
The Infiniti EX35 was introduced for the 2008 model year. It is a slightly smaller sibling to Infiniti's other crossover SUV, the FX. Continuing the "non-truck" theme, the EX35 offers sleek, stylish and bold styling over Nissan's familiar FM-platform, shared with the Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37. Competing against the BMW X3, Acura RDX and Land Rover LR2, the compact EX35 offers a 6-cylinder powertrain, choice of drivelines, and an array of late-model technology. For 2009, Infiniti added more standard equipment-including leather upholstery-to the standard models. In addition, the technology offerings and packages were updated to offer more flexibility and stand-alone options.

All 2009 Infiniti models are offered with a 4-year/60,000-mile basic coverage warranty, and 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain coverage. Infiniti Roadside Assistance is standard during the first 4 years of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Infiniti EX lineup consists of four models: EX35 RWD, EX35 AWD, EX35 RWD Journey and EX35 AWD Journey. All share the same V-6 powertrain; the primary differences are found in the drivetrain and standard equipment levels.

The EX35 RWD is the standard rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model. For 2009, it gains standard leather upholstery, RearView monitor, rear HVAC vents and roof rails. The EX35 AWD adds an all-wheel-drive (AWD) powertrain. The two upgraded Journey models add a power slide/tilt moonroof, power-folding second-row seating, auto-dimming inside mirror, HomeLink universal transceiver, front and rear sonar system, and auto headlamp control. For 2009, the Journey models also receive a standard 6-disc autochanger, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, coat hanger on the driver's headrest, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on all 2009 Infiniti EX models.

Seven option packages are offered on the 2009 Infiniti EX. The Premium package adds an 11-speaker Bose premium sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and more. The Luxe Elite package includes upgraded leather accents, 18-inch wheels and Xenon headlamps. The Wood Trim package adds real maple trim to the console and doors. The Navigation package adds a hard-drive-based navigation system with 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive. The Technology package includes the All Around Monitor (AVM), Lane Departure Prevention System (LDP), and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC). In 2009, Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) are added to the Technology package. Lastly, the Luxe Style package adds 18-inch wheels, Xenon headlamps, and an adaptive front lighting system (AFS).

Powertrain
Standard on the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is the fourth-generation, all-aluminum, VQ35HR 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Shared with the Infiniti G37 sedan, it is rated at 297 hp with 253 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission with a manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) is standard on all 2009 Infiniti EX models. RWD is standard, with the AWD models boasting Infiniti's ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) system. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Infiniti EX are 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway (RWD model).

The front suspension of the EX35 is of an independent design, featuring double wishbones with high-performance dual-flow shock absorbers. The independent rear suspension is multi-link, likewise equipped with high-performance dual-flow shock absorbers. Aluminum alloy has been used extensively throughout the suspension to save weight, improve ride quality, and increase responsiveness, Nissan says. Front and rear brakes are ventilated discs. A 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard.

Safety
In addition to advanced Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones, Infiniti has equipped the 2009 EX35 with six standard air bags, and several active safety features. Infiniti's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) offers dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant sensors and side-impact supplemental air bags for both driver and passenger. Front- and rear-seat passengers are protected by a roof-mounted curtain side-impact and rollover supplemental air bag system. A tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) is standard on all 2009 EX models. The EX35 also features Infiniti's Lane Departure Prevention System (LDP). The system uses a small camera and microprocessor to watch the road lines and assist the driver in maintaining position within the lane. The standard ABS is fitted with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA). All three systems are designed to help bring the EX35 to a safe and controlled stop under adverse conditions. Infiniti's traction control system (TCS) and vehicle dynamic control (VDC) are both standard on the EX35. To simplify infant- and child-seat installation, the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is built into the rear outboard seating positions on all EX models.

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 has been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It received 4-star frontal ratings for both driver and passenger, and 5-star ratings (the Administration's highest) for side driver and side rear-passenger testing. Its rollover rating was 4 stars. The 2008 Infiniti EX35 was also crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It received "Good" ratings (the Institute's highest) in both frontal offset and side-impact testing.

Technology
Infiniti's Around View Monitor (AVM) made its North American debut on the Infiniti EX35. The system employs four small cameras to give the driver a "top-down view" outside the vehicle to assist during parking maneuvers. "Scratch Shield," a durable paint technology designed to maintain reflectivity and gloss, is also making its debut in this marketplace. Through a process of combining conventional clearcoat paint with a special highly elastic resin, Infiniti has developed a paint finish that is able to self-repair fine scratches over time, the maker says.

Infiniti Intelligent Key is standard on the EX35, with Bluetooth hands-free phone system, XM satellite radio, Intelligent Cruise Control, and RearView Monitor optional. Also optional is the Bose premium audio system with Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC. This 11-speaker system features an in-dash, 6-disc CD changer; iPod connectivity; and an available 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive for music storage and playback.

Available Trims for the 2009 Infiniti EX35 SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base (A5) 5 speed automatic $33,800 297-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 17/24
Journey (A5) 5 speed automatic $36,000 297-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 17/24

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