It took a while for Infiniti to click in the luxury vehicle segment of the US market. Before Nissan’s luxury division made a big hit with the release of the G35, there’s first a string of forgettable Infinitis that lost the war against the dominant American and European upscale vehicles. Infiniti was able to make a strong comeback when it debuted the G35, which was a clear winner in the entry-level luxury lineup because of its finer styling and spirited performance. The G-series was able to come up with a sports sedan that can finally pull Infiniti out of the slump. The Infinity G35 was well received by car enthusiasts and car reviewers as a great choice to other luxury vehicles. For 2003, it was named Car of the Year by Motor Trend. The same year, it also received a nomination for the North American Car of the Year award. It was also included in the Car and Driver Ten Best list for 2003 and 2004.
Early 2000s: The birth of the G35
The G35 was part of the third-generation lineup of the Infiniti G-series. It was unveiled in early 2002 and was released for 2003. This entry-level compact luxury vehicle was equipped with a VQ35DE engine and designed with the Nissan FM (front midship) platform, the same platform used by the Nissan 350z coupe and roadster sports car as well as the Infiniti FX crossover SUV. The front midship design allows better weight distribution since the engine was moved further back to the rear. The G35 had two distinct body styles: a sedan and a coupe. Aside from the front midship engine, it also came with a rear-wheel drive layout, while the G35x sedan came with the all-wheel drive system. While the AWD sedan featured automatic transmission, the standard G35 was available as a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
2005: Refreshed version of the Infiniti G35
There were distinct changes on the 2005 sedan and the 2005 and 2006 coupe models. The interior looked and felt much better with the inclusion of sportier gauges, which came with more stylish trims and knobs and better backlighting. The tinted interior trim was replaced with an aluminum trim. Some revisions were also done on the dashboard and center console. Rosewood trim became an option for 2005 models. The Infiniti G35 wasn’t only refreshed on the inside. It also used larger brake discs and a new caliper design. Six-speed M/T models used a sport-tuned suspension as a standard feature. The 2006 models were also upgraded with new headlights and taillights, along with a spoiler, a front bumper, and sport side sills. For the 2006 coupe, rear active steering became an option.
2007: The major revisions of the G35 sedan
The 2007 G35 sedan went through major revisions. The sedan had structural reinforcements with more laser welding and spot welds. The model had 40% greater body stiffness. The earlier model’s twin lower links were replaced by a single-pivot lower control arms. Aside from refinements on the chassis, the VQ35DE engine was also upgraded to a VQ35HR, which was more powerful, more fuel efficient, and more responsive. The performance of the newer G35 was vastly improved according to a number of reviews.
2009: The replacement of the Infiniti G35 sedan by the G37
For the 2009 model, the famous G35 sedan was dropped in the lineup. This was replaced by the current G37.