Autoreview by Veeno Dewan

The Infiniti EX37 breaks the crossover SUV Line pretty well. Offering left field, sport looks with swooping rooflines, vampy, voluptuous curves, sporty engines and interiors too die for. One may wonder, just what is Infiniti playing at? Well, fire one up and drive it hard and you find out. With the screaming acceleration of a sports car and the almost the handling to match it is no surprise to find the EX37 and the FX series are all based on the high performance rear engined Nissan Z and Infiniti G sports cars with the option of All-wheel drive.

Despite the swoopy roofline, the EX37 still seats five people, but with slightly less back-seat room and cargo space as other more box type conventional SUVs. However you do get an SUV, which looks like no other on the road.

The interior is also just as dramatic looking as the exterior, featuring superb detailing, high quality leather and a level of technology which is just amazing. For 2013 a few changes to the EX37 include a revised front fascia design, redesigned instrument cluster and other minor changes to the exterior details.

Features on the standard EX37 include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, privacy glass, power sunroof, roof rails, Intelligent Key with pushbutton start, Bluetooth connectivity, heated and cooled eight-way power leather seats with memory, 60/40 split-folding reclining second-row seat, power tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals, illuminated vanity mirrors, garage door opener, power liftgate, cargo net, cargo cover, CD/MP3 Bose eleven-speaker audio system, USB port, iPod interface, XM satellite radio, auto up/down windows, rearview monitor, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper, compass, power sunroof, and security system.

Our tester was a 2013, Infiniti EX with the following selected packages and options:

Journey Package comprising Power slide /tilt moonroof with one -touch operation, Auto-dimming inside mirror, Power tilt/telescopic steering column, Blue tooth® Hands-Free Phone System
Maple interior accents, Premium Package, Driver’s seat memory function, and auto seat/steering wheel/outside, mirror synchronization, 8-way power front-passenger’s seat, Driver’s seat power lumbar support Power up-folding 2nd-row seats, Premium stitching on meter hood, 11-speaker Bose ® Premium Audio system with AM/FM/C D with MP3 playback capability and Radio Data System (R DS) 19-inch wheels, 245/45 R 19 all-season tires.

We also had the Navigation Package with Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System , Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, Streaming audio via Blue tooth® wireless technology, DVD audio playback capability. Technology Package, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW ) Distance Control Assist (DCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW ) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range ) Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Base MRSP was $39,900., Total Packages, Total Designed MSRP, Freight and PDE Total (before taxes) added another $13,400.00 for a price of
$53,300.00.

The EX37 is equipped with a 297 horsepower 3.5-litre V6, with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control, downshift rev matching, and magnesium paddle shifters. Both models use Infiniti’s ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, which includes a Snow-Mode function that adjusts the throttle input for better control and feel in low-speed slippery road conditions.
Of note in the EX37 is just the sheer abundance of technology.

Particularly impressive is the Around View Monitor, which displays images of everything around the EX on the navigation display. With the rear camera view display on the left side of the dash screen, the right side presents an aerial image of the car and its surroundings on the right screen digitized from the side, front and rear camera input. This makes crowded parking and tricky manoeuvres simpler and never ceases to amaze people.

On the road, the performance orientated V6 engine can whiz by the tach way past 7000 rpm and offers sports car like acceleration and torque. The 7-speed automatic transmission offers fast, well-calibrated shifts. The innovative rev matching feature as found on the Nissan Z sports car is a great piece of technology allowing for smooth and more responsive reflexes. Add features such as Snow mode, and two overdrive ratios for better gearing and more effective highway cruising and the EX37 turns out to be more frugal with fuel despite having more power than before.

The available all-wheel-drive system is also very efficient and features traction control and offer tremendous grip on all surfaces. However even with the Infiniti’s 6- 7 inches of ground clearance, it is not a true outdoors boonie basher. Who in any case would want to see that beautiful exterior scuffed up?

Other positives include the superb chassis and lack of body roll on heavy cornering and the precise, responsive steering.

The growling aggressive engine note and the rasping exhaust also sounds very cool.

With plenty style, of technology, gadgets, a great interior and sports car like handling and performance the Infiniti EX37 is a great buy at the base level. The plethora of options will of course raise the price somewhat. Nevertheless the EX37 is well worth the money as a rather unique looking and performing SUV that is definitely out of the box. Very impressive.

2012 Infiniti EX 37: Price as tested $53,300.00