Now for the bad news: the least expensive G Series sedan for 2013 is the G37 Journey, which starts at a price of $37,795 including a destination charge of $895. That makes it $3,800 more expensive than last year’s starting model, the now-discontinued G25 sedan, which will be sold through December.
While we generally praised the G25 for its handling, some complained that it was underpowered, particularly compared to other entry-level luxury sedans. Infiniti never explained why the G25 was dropped from the lineup, but we suspect the combination of slow sales and a strong Japanese yen against a weak U.S. dollar made the car unprofitable.
For 2013, Infiniti will offer just three versions of the G37 sedan. In addition to the aforementioned G37 Journey, priced from $37,795, the lineup includes the G37x with all-wheel-drive, priced from $39,395 and the G37 Sport, priced from $42,395.
As in 2012, only the G37 Sport is available with a six-speed manual transmission, while all other variants come with Infiniti’s seven-speed automatic transmission. Opting for the Sport also gets you 18-inch wheels with performance tires, bigger brakes, a stiffer suspension, quicker steering, a limited slip differential, sport seats and unique bodywork.
We don’t expect the 2013 Infiniti G37s to be on the market for long, since a new G Series sedan is expected to debut for the 2014 model year. Inventory could be in dealerships by next summer, although that date isn’t exactly set in stone.