Nissan’s luxury division Infiniti will unveil this product-ready-looking EX ‘Concept’ at the 2007 New York International Auto Show this week, saying it follows in the tradition of its previous design studies with its combination of “seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems” – including an around view monitor (AVM) and lane departure prevention (LDP) system.


AVM uses small front, side and rear-mounted cameras to project an all-around view of potential objects on every side of the vehicle – helping reduce blind spots when parking.


LDP builds on the lane departure warning system already available on Infiniti’s FX and M models. Rather than just use an audible/visual warning system to alert the driver of unintentional vehicle movement outside the designated lane, the LDP system uses the vehicle’s vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system to help assist the driver in maintaining lane position if the vehicle inadvertently starts to drift outside of the lane.


Both LDP and LDW use a small camera installed behind the windscreen to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle and calculate its position relative to lane markers and warn the driver of lane drift (pending lane change without use of the turn signal) with a visual display and audible buzzer.


The concept is almost production ready: “…like many of the [concepts] that have come before, the new EX Concept is a very real preview of an upcoming production vehicle – the 2008 EX crossover SUV,” the automaker said in pre-launch publicity material.


“The Infiniti FX, M and most recently the new 2008 G Coupe, can all trace their evolution from show stoppers to Infiniti showrooms in a short period of time,” added Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division, Nissan North America, in a statement. Inc. He said the production EX would include much of the concept’s innovative technology, including the around view monitor and lane departure prevention.


Igo claimed the EX’s ‘right-sized’ packaging gives it excellent around town manoeuvrability, while the wide rear hatch and low load floor make it versatile for all uses.


Exterior features include L-shaped headlights with adaptive front lighting system (AFS), integrated fog lights, distinctive LED taillights, ‘dynamic arch’ profile and a high-mounted rear hatchback spoiler.


The concept also has all-in-one sash-style side door mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and electric outside door handles with push switches that won’t make production.


It also has a liquid crystal full-length glass roof panel that is able to change from transparent to translucent via instructions from a touch sensor system.


“The EX Concept’s glass roof technology is a fascinating study in how technology can be utilised to change the entire interior atmosphere of a vehicle by adding or subtracting not just light, but the occupants’ view of the outside world,” said Igo.


Both the concept and the production EX are built on the Infiniti FM platform which already underpins the brand’s M, FX and G coupe and sedan models. For the EX, the wheelbase was shortened to 112 inches for a small turning radius, while the rear multi-link suspension utilises a low shock absorber layout to enhance cargo area utility. It rides on 19-inch 7-spoke aluminium-alloy wheels with 245/55R19 tyres.


The concept has a petrol V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission plus all-wheel drive and was developed at the Nissan Technical Centre in Atsugi, Japan.


The production Infiniti EX goes on sale in North America late this year.