Whatever Happened to the Infiniti G37?

Before we discuss endings it’s obligatory to start with the beginnings and journey through the lifespan of the successor to the G35. The Infinity G37 made its formal introduction to the world in a coupe styling in 2008. Although the family resemblance remained, new characteristics and a distinct individual personality cut the new sibling from the herd. The power source of the G37 was installed in the form of a new 3.7-liter VQ series V6 engine that upped the game from 306 horses and 268 lb-ft of torque to a more impressive 330 horsepower and a slight increase of 270 of torque. No change in the bore but a longer stroke and higher compression ratio along with just over third unique parts delivered the boost in power. The evolution resulted in reduced emissions and improved fuel economy, which is in the nature of any beast that adapts to a new environment. In this case, a consumer base interested in driving pleasure improved performance and a smaller carbon footprint.

For 2009 the G37 was made available in a 4-door sedan in addition to the coupe, along with a hardtop convertible in rear or all-wheel drive. The new models were available in 328 or 330 horse V6 engines matched with your choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. All featured a standard keyless access system. The sedan started at $35,900 with the sports convertible version fetching a price of $43,900.

Infiniti was successful in keeping the lines sleek and sexy in the convertible with the only real sacrifice occurring in the available trunk space with the top down.

For 2010, the Infiniti G37 rolled on with slight improvements in fuel economy averaging between 19-27 mpg with the commitment to conversation and the belief that every little bit helps.

For 2011, the G37 was available in coupe, sedan or convertible with a choice of four trim choices.

The convertible was offered in a base or sport trim with an Anniversary model that was fully stocked with navigation, iPod connectivity, ventilated seats, and an upgraded Bose premium audio system Anniversary add-ons were available in each of the new models for 2011 and could be chosen a la carte. Adaptive cruise was standard and the Sport package offered an assortment of goodies including bigger wheels, Sport seats and a sport-tuned suspension and brakes.

There were few notable changes in the 2012 G37, other than its availability in a 3.7-liter V6 in a range of 325, 328, 330, and the addition of the 348 hp option. This was dependent on the trim and body style. The interior remained plush and luxurious and practical luxuries including intelligent key entry, push-button start, and center vehicle information display screen was standard. Models available included the G37 Journey, G37x, G37 Sport 6MT, G37 Coupe, G37 Coupe Journey, G37x Coupe, G37 Coupe Sport 6MT, G37 Convertible, G37 Convertible Sport 6MT, IPL G Coupe, IPL G Coupe 6MT, IPL G Convertible.

The curtains close in 2013

In 2013, the G37 was only offered in a choice of three trim levels. It maintained its competitive status in the luxury sport auto market, but it was nearing the end of its life cycle. It still offered the same luxury with high tech on board and converted into user-friendly gadgets in the cabin, but the journey was coming to an end. It had served its purpose and it was time to relinquish its posturing to a new leader to pick up the mantle and carry forward. It would carry on in spirit. 2014 would bring on a new generation with the Infiniti G37 model name retired as it slipped into the recesses of the brand’s history with the new Q50 stepping into the spotlight and posturing for positioning amidst the stiff competition in the automotive industry. With no apologies owed, nor offered, Infiniti ceased production of the G37.


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