When I saw an example of this car while running at the weekend my camera was snug and safe at home. So, to paraphrase ourselves “due to the lack of original photos, stock images have been used“. It’s an Infiniti and one of ten examples of this model in Denmark.
What do I call this car? At the Danish car sales website Bilbasen, it’s an FX35. If you ask about that model name, Wikipedia identify it is as an Infiniti QX70, on sale from 2013 to 2017 and it’s patently not that. Dialling up that name at Google brings up everything Infiniti has ever made, but mostly QXs of one sort of another. It is probably not insignificant that Infiniti’s determined inability to really break into the European market has resulted in semi-obscure models like this, with name changed mid-model or altered to suit various markets.
So, clarity: despite the ad, it’s an EX35, sold from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 the EX cars were renamed QX, from one meaningless alphanumeric to another.
I suppose this was sold as an EX in Denmark. In Japan it was a Nissan Skyline Crossover. Maybe it was sold as a Nissan Terryno in the UAE and as Nissan Off-Trail in Russia and Austria…. In contrast, a BMW 3 series is a 3 series wherever you go in space in and time – an automotive constant in a universe otherwise characterised by variation and unpredictability. They have secure models, nailed to firmament like the stars of Orion’s belt. Not so poor Infiniti, makers of quite nice cars since, well, thirty years ago (they started selling in 1989.
Hence the fact the owner doesn’t know what they are selling and Infiniti can’t keep the names straight. The first run of EXs had a 3.5 litre V6; this got upgraded to 3.7 litres and so the EX35 became the EX37. It has a bigger sister, the FX series of cars who got a rename in 2014 to become the QX70. Note: all Infinitis have a Q-name. Before the Q-takeover they had Ms, Gs, and Is and Js (remember the lovely J30?)
I can see why Infiniti sold so few of the EX35: a 3.5 litre engine is excessive in Europe. Infiniti were not serious when selling this car here: it needs a 2.0 litre diesel.
Oh, this is all over the place. We are no nearer understanding this car, are we. I can report that it took almost two hours to realise the car’s identity and wrote a load of text thinking it was a QX70 and wondering why the headlamps in the image search didn’t match the photos….
I was wondering recently about finding and listening to a Beatles album (I have never heard one) and giving it a spin. It dawned on me that in order to make sense of it I’d have to listen to all its predecessors in chronological order. Then I’d need to read some biographies to see what the fabulous four were listening to at the time each album was made. And then I’d need to investigate the top 40 around the years of the releases along with critical reviews as to what was also influential and not just popular. And that’s quite a lot of work and it’s incomplete. How could I ever understand a Beatles record in context rather than just listen to it and say if I liked it?
In a similar way, this Infiniti makes little sense of in isolation. I don’t understand the American CUV market. I don’t understand the car’s place in Nissan’s platform evolution nor its role in Infiniti’s. I can see what appears to be a moderately jacked up, 4×4, V6 sports-off-road-wagon-saloon.
I can say it had a strong appeal when I saw it parked up (tailgate open – the boot is really small). Ritzy without blinging. Rather nicely made. Eye-catching. Athletic, feminine, strong. Distinctive? Yes.
A lot of things called CUVs are not all that crossy at all. They are watered down off-roaders or patently just jacked up hatchbacks. Lately Land Rover’s Velar has achieved the effect this FX35 of being somewhere in between off-roader, sports, estate and hatchback. It’s a car that undermines Jaguar by its very existence. Before that car, the EX35, the mystery we see here sold as an “FX35”.
I had about two minutes to look at the car and have used two hours to present this impressionistic mess.
So, the little-sold and little seen and little-understood EX35 drove away after I’d chatted to the owner. Maybe I made his and his wife’s day by declaring their vehicle “beautiful”. If I want to see another one, I’ll have to go and find the vendor of the misnamed car in the images.