Infiniti Announces Updates, Pricing on New 2011 Infiniti EX
The Infiniti EX has been around since 2007 without any major changes, but Infiniti has a few minor updates in store for its luxury compact crossover for the 2011 model year. As a testament to the design of the EX, the improvements made for 2011 are intended to add refinement rather than as a mid-cycle styling refresh. In addition to some equipment and packaging changes, the 2011 Infiniti EX will also be getting a more advanced transmission for smoother operation and improved fuel economy.
This new transmission is probably the biggest upgrade for the new Infiniti EX as the old model's five-speed automatic is replaced by a seven-speed automatic that offers sporty features such as a manual shift mode, Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control. No other changes were made to the EX's drivetrain with the 3.5-liter V-6 still producing 297 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, but the new transmission is good enough to increase the fuel economy of the all-wheel drive model. The 2011 Infiniti EX35 AWD is now rated at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is an increase of 1 mpg for both figures and now matches the fuel economy of the rear-wheel drive EX models.
As for the styling of the 2011 EX, the only changes are the bigger standard wheels and the addition of three new colors. Known for its sporty wheel designs, Enkei created the EX's new 18-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels that replace the old model's 17-inch standard wheels. The 2011 EX Journey will also be available with 19-inch wheels. The three new colors for 2011 are Arctic Blue, Midnight Garnet and Graphite Shadow, while the other exterior colors, which carried over from 2010, are Moonlight White Pearl, Liquid Platinum Metallic and Black Obsidian. Dark Currrant Metallic, Blue Slate Metallic and Scarlet Silver Pearl Metallic have all been dropped. Inside, all 2011 EX35 models will now get feature dual zone automatic temperature control and an updated instrument gauge cluster with white lettering and a black LCD screen (replacing the red screen in the previous model).
Infiniti will also be revising the options available for the new EX and revising the packages to include more features. The 2011 Infiniti EX will roll the Bose and Around View Monitor Package into the Premium Package, and what was formerly the Premium Package will now become the Deluxe Touring Package. This will create a streamlined options list that consists of just three packages. The available Technology Package will now add the new Blind Spot Warning (BSW) to the growing number of safety system acronyms. The BSW system detects cars driving in the EX's blind spot and illuminates a light, but if the turn signal is activated for an intended lane change, the light will flash and the car will emit an audible warning for the driver. Pricing for the revised option packages have yet to be announced.
Like the rest of the 2011 EX, pricing has also been changed slightly with a new base price of $34,150 for the base EX RWD model, and this increase of $350 over the 2010 model will also be applied to the other EX trim levels. Adding all-wheel drive, the 2011 EX will now start at $35,550, while the EX35 Journey RWD will start at $36,350. The top-of-the-line EX35 Journey AWD now has a starting price of $37,750. Infiniti did not mention when the 2011 Infiniti EX35 would be available in dealership showrooms