It's a move that's been expected for more than a year--now, for the 2013 model year, two of luxury brand Infiniti's crossover SUVs will get an engine upgrade.
At the same time, the upscale division of Nissan will drop a slow-selling V-6 from its G sedan lineup.
Infiniti says the new model year will finally bring a higher-displacement engine to the EX and FX lineups. Last year, the EX35 and FX35 used a 297-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 found in many other Infiniti and Nissan vehicles. This year, both will swap up into the 3.7-liter version of the engine that's been available in other markets for a year or more. In these applications, the bigger six will make 325 horsepower--and will necessitate some badging changes, to EX37 and FX37, respectively.
Meanwhile, in the G sports-sedan lineup, Infiniti is dropping the base V-6 that joined the model range just last year. The G25 had been pitched as a more efficient, less costly model for the brand to sell against competitors like the Lexus IS 250 and front-drive luxury compacts like the Audi A3. Infiniti says sales of the G25 will continue through December of this year, or until dealer stocks are depleted.
The move will leave the Infiniti lineup without a lower-priced model, likely, until the arrival of its new compact front-drive vehicle sometime in 2015. That vehicle will share some of its architecture with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class family.
Infiniti also has pruned the G37 Sport Appearance Edition and Limited Edition from the lineup for the 2013 model year. And in its G37 coupe/convertible range, the base Coupe has been deleted, while the pricey performance-oriented IPL G Convertible joins the lineup with a sticker of $61,495--more than $13,000 above starting prices for the two-door.