Remember the Infiniti Essence? It was hybrid concept supercar from the 2009 Geneva Motor Show that employed a twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter V-6. The Essence concept, with a total output of 600 hp, looked part , part , with a whole lot of Japanese styling thrown in. It was a Geneva show-stopper.
While spy shots of the Essence testing at the Nürburgring have yet to be seen, it is the immediate progenitor of the refreshed 2012 Infiniti FX. Well, sort of...at least that's what Infiniti tells us. Squint a little and you'll see notes of the Essence on the 2012 FX's nose, starting with the grille. Whereas the had a grille that looked like a baby bird's beak open wide for food, the 2012 FX has kinks on the vertical lines of the grille ( la Essence) that make the air inlet look aggressive. Think angry bird (app game pun completely intended). In fact, even prior to the refresh, the long, curvaceous front end with bulging wheel haunches found on the original 2009 FX are styling elements seen on the Essence concept. Coincidence? I think not.
From the pictures provided, the only further discernible differences to the front end are slight tweaks to the bumper, the addition of chrome foglight bezels and flat horizontal slats on the grille. Other changes to the 2012 FX include a new 20-in. wheel and an updated instrument cluster for the cockpit. A new non-hardware feature makes its way into the new 2012 FXs, the Infiniti Personal Assistant. Through a 24-hour hotline, owners will be able to call in and ask "assistants" for help on a multitude of topics (e.g., traffic, weather, directions, restaurants, travel, etc.). The service will be free for the first four years.
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