Infiniti celebrated two events at this year's Geneva show: the first was the worldwide introduction of the Japanese company's second-generation FX performance/luxury crossover SUV. The second was the announcement by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn of Infiniti's plans to enter the western European market before the end of 2008.
Here in the U.S. and Canada, we've been enjoying the sporty-yet-luxurious Infiniti models for years. And the FX takes credit as one of the first vehicles to blend sports-car-like handling with the utility and high driving position of an SUV. Infiniti says the second-generation FX is all that, as well as being "a showcase of Infiniti's design and technology leadership."
The FX's new body is still wrapped around a variation of the FM (Front Midship) platform and will be available in three models. The top-of-the-line will be the FX50, the designation referring to its new 5.0-liter 380--bhp V-8, which replaces the FX45's 320-bhp 4.5-liter V-8. The FX50 will feature a 7-speed automatic transmission (previously a 5-speed) with Adaptive Shift Control, with optional magnesium paddle shifters. Details on a new V-6 engine will come later, Infiniti says.
All FX models will have double-wishbone suspension front and rear. Available features will include all-wheel drive, a Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension system, Rear-Active Steer and 21-in. alloy wheels by Enkei.
The FX's new interior has what Infiniti terms a "driver-oriented cockpit," and has available as options the latest in navigation and entertainment systems, as well as an 11-speaker Bose-developed audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist (DCA) and the Around View Monitor system.
Look for the new FX at U.S. and Canadian dealers this June.