The Infiniti J30 was a mid-size luxury car that was produced by the Infiniti division of the Nissan Motor Company Ltd. in the mid 1990s. The J30 was intended to compete with the Lexus ES and Acura Legend. Slotted between the much smaller G20 sedan and larger Q45 luxury sedan, the J30 had curvaceous styling that differentiated it from other luxury sedans in its class. Production of the J30 lasted from 1993 until 1997.
The sole engine choice for the Infiniti J30 was the 3-liter VG30DE V6, which produced 210 horsepower and 192 pound feet of torque. This engine was also used by the the 300ZX performance coupe, along with a number of other vehicles. This engine was linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission. With this engine and transmission combination, the J30 was capable of achieving 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
Built in Tochigi, Japan, the J30 was conceived as a personal luxury sedan", according to designer Jerry Hirschberg, president of Nissan Design International. The J30 was eventually replaced by the similarly sized I30 sedan, which was released in 1996. The swoopy and athletic design of the J30 was vastly different from the design of traditional luxury sedans, but the design also resulted in a cramped interior and a small trunk. Some customers were turned off by the fact that the mid-size J30 had as much interior room as a compact sedan.
Two trim levels were available for the J30. The J30t represented the sportier version of the mid-size luxury car trims and featured HICAS, Nissan's four wheel steering technology, BBS-style alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and improvements to the suspension. Standard features for the J30 included a leather interior, digital climate control, real wood trim, power sunroof, power driver and passenger front seats with 8-way adjustments, speed sensitive power steering and a Bose sound system. Driver and passenger side air bags and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with ventilated discs were also standard.
Prices for the J30 started at around $33,500. The J30t was available for around $35,500. Incentives and cash rebates helped reduce the asking price somewhat. The J30 was roundly criticized for its lack of interior room and trunk space. This was due to the basic design of the J30, which featured a sloping roofline and poor optimization of space inside. The J30 was superceded by the Maxima-based I30 and I35 sedans by 1996. The M35 and M45 sedans, introduced in 2006, served as more direct replacements for the J30.
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