From Infiniti press: Since its introduction in 1995, the Infiniti I30 luxury sedan has been noted for its flagship styling, space and performance for around $30,000. For 1998, the volume leader of the Infiniti Division stands to become more popular than ever - thanks to a number of enhancements to its exterior and interior, the addition of front-seat side air bags and the availability of several new color combinations including a new beige cloth interior. The I30 is offered in both Standard and Touring models and with a popular Leather and Convenience option package.
Two areas where many mid-luxury segment sedans fall far short of their larger traditional luxury counterparts are in performance and technology. Through the innovative application of leading-edge engine and suspension designs, the Infiniti I30 offers the quick acceleration, agile handling and comfortable ride of the flagship Q45.
The 3.0-liter DOHC V6 engine, created through advanced computer modeling, produces smooth, V8-like response and performance ‹ while delivering fuel economy equal to that of some 4-cylinder models.
With 190-horsepower and 205 ft-lbs of torque, this advanced powerplant helps propel the I30 from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.0 seconds (in independent testing). At the same time, the I30 delivers excellent fuel economy of 21 mpg City/26 mpg Highway for the 5-speed manual (available on the I30t only), and 21 mpg City/28 mpg Highway with the I30's electronically controlled 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission (Standard and Touring models).
The I30 also provides Q45-like handling and ride comfort, through use of an innovative 4-wheel independent suspension system. The MacPherson strut-type front suspension uses a sophisticated subframe-located mountings to help provide stiffness and noise/vibration isolation. In the rear, the I30's Multi-Link Beam™ suspension utilizes the best aspects of both multi-link and torsion beam suspension designs through development of a patented lateral link/control rod system. This arrangement helps keep the tires perpendicular to the road for better stability and control, while providing excellent body stability.