2002 Infiniti G20: Affordable Luxury Sedan Offers Sophisticated Comfort and Advanced Style
The 2002 Infiniti G20 continues to occupy a unique position in the new vehicle marketplace as an affordable fun-to-drive luxury sport sedan from one of the world's premium marques. For 2002, the elegantly styled G20 upholds Infiniti's reputation for high quality and design with enhanced interior and exterior styling. The standard G20 Luxury model comes fully equipped with an extensive list of luxury features and amenities. For the ultimate in G20 performance, an all-new leather-appointed Sport Package is available featuring European-style 16-inch wheels.
"There are not many cars in today's marketplace like G20," said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division. "A consumer simply cannot find the spirited performance and luxury amenities, along with Infiniti's industry-leading philosophy of customer support known as the Total Ownership Experience, without spending thousands more. It fits perfectly into the Infiniti family of authentic driver's vehicles."
G20's styling features an aggressive wedge-shape body with a short hood, slanted nose, long cabin and high volume trunk. For a performance look, G20 is equipped with standard 15-inch alloy wheels and side-sill spoilers. A luxurious chrome grille with distinct cut line angles give G20 a striking front fascia enhanced by jewel-like halogen headlights with automatic off function.
Other exterior features include dual body-color power outside mirrors with anti-glare coating, body-color front and rear bumpers, door handles and tinted glass. New for 2002 is an available Sport Package featuring a body-color grille, dark-tint headlight trim and European-style 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, giving G20 an even more aggressive look. Two new exterior colors are offered for 2002 - Silver Crystal and Maui Blue.
G20's driver-oriented cockpit features clearly marked controls placed within easy reach of the driver. "The last thing a driver needs is to have to search for a knob or button," said McNabb. "So G20's interior has been designed to minimize the time looking away from the road. All the controls are intuitively placed."
Coddled in an adjustable "low fatigue" style front bucket seat, G20 drivers have every possible amenity close at hand - power windows and door locks, air conditioning and plenty of storage with map pockets on the front doors and seatbacks. G20 also includes a standard 6-speaker 100-watt Bose audio system with in-dash CD player.
All passengers are treated to 91.0 cubic feet of cabin space. Front seat passengers get a 4-way adjustable seat and rear passengers sit on a comfortable 60/40 split fold-down rear seat.
Available interior enhancements on G20 Luxury include the Leather/Sunroof Package featuring perforated leather-appointed seats and door trim, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, stainless steel door sill plates, power sliding glass sunroof, HVAC microfilter ventilation and Automatic Temperature Control. The aggressive looking Sport Package includes all of the Leather/Sunroof Package features, plus sport seat headrests, silver-color gauges and new seat, door and shifter trim.
G20 is powered by a smooth, high-revving 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque. For minimal idle vibration and acceleration noise, a cross-engine mount system has been utilized. This engine offers a 100,000-mile tune-up interval through the adoption of double platinum-tipped spark plugs.
This powerful engine is backed by a choice of standard 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. A viscous limited-slip differential comes on Sport Package-equipped G20s.
G20 delivers impressive fuel economy: 24 mpg City/31 mpg Highway with the 5-speed manual transmission and 23 mpg City/30 mpg Highway for the 4-speed automatic transmission.
The heart of the front-wheel drive Infiniti G20's outstanding performance is its suspension. It starts with a proven front multi-link design, which provides excellent camber control and on-center steering feel. The rear features the patented Multi-Link Beam design, which provides excellent grip and stability because the rear tires remain upright during cornering. In addition, the rear suspension provides excellent body lean control under everyday conditions such as driving in a straight line on rough road surfaces. Stabilizer bars are utilized on both front and rear suspension's.
Power-assisted 11.0-inch vented front disc brakes with solid rear discs and 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) bring G20 to a halt without fade. Engine-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering is also standard on all G20 models.
G20 Luxury rides on 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 195/65R15 tires while G20s with Sport Package come with 16-inch European-style aluminum-alloy wheels and 205/50R16 tires.
Safety and Security
G20 comes with a full complement of standard safety equipment, including dual front supplemental air bags and dual front seat side-impact air bags, three-point seat belts with front seat belt pretensioners with load limiters and height adjustable anchors, LATCH rigid bar child seat anchorage system (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children), child safety rear door locks, front and rear crumple zones, energy-absorbing steering column and bumpers and an emergency inside trunk-release.
All G20s are equipped with a Vehicle Security System with remote keyless entry and Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System.
Options and Model Availability
The G20 comes standard as a fully equipped Luxury model with option packages available to tailor the car to an owner's personal style.
The Leather/Sunroof Package offers perforated leather-appointed seats, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, 8-way power driver's seat, stainless steel door sill plates, perforated leather door trim, power sliding glass sunroof with rear tilt, HVAC microfilter ventilation, Automatic Temperature Control and Homelink transceiver. Optional on Leather/Sunroof Package equipped G20s is the Heated Seats/Mirror Package, with heated seats and outside mirrors.
2002 G20 also offers an available Sport Package that includes all amenities found in the Leather/Sunroof Package plus a new body-color grille, new dark-tint headlight trim, silver-color gauges, new seat, door and shifter trim and European-style 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.