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10th April, 2011

The Infiniti FX is a head-turning, high performance sports utility vehicle ... and it is coming to Australia in 2012.

It is powered by a choice of high-tech 290 kW 5.0-litre 32-valve DOHC V8 engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) or a 226 kW 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC V6 engine. In European markets, a 175 kW diesel V6 engine option is available offering 550 Nm of torque in the FXD variant.

All engines are paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

The Infiniti FX is also offered with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (standard on FX50), double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC), Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 21-inch lightweight aluminium-alloy wheels. The Infiniti FX35 is available in both AWD and RWD. The Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels (0:100 up to 50:50 front to rear) according to road and driving conditions.

As a showcase of Infiniti’s groundbreaking technology capabilities, the FX offers access to Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), and the Around View Monitor (AVM) – which provides a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping the driver to manoeuvre in tight, tricky locations

The Infiniti FX boasts aggressive styling with its long bonnet, stretched wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, and low centre of gravity. The design’s distinctive side air vents, located behind the front wheels, allow air to flow through the engine compartment and out of the side of the vehicle, reducing front-end lift.

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At the front, the FX is endowed with a lustrous Infiniti signature double-arch front grille, fog lamps and iconic High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights. A strong front-to-rear 'shoulder' line, tight 'greenhouse', kicked-back roofline and integrated rear spoiler highlight the aggressive silhouette. The large LED taillights extend beyond the body, helping provide aerodynamic downforce, while large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers cap the action-ready appearance.

Under polished assertive styling, is an equally advanced body structure, offering spacious accommodation for five adults and the capacity to hold four full-size golf bags. The Infiniti FX utilises the rigid FM (for Front Midship) platform architecture, with a balanced front-to-rear weight distribution to help provide exceptional handling performance. To save weight, the Infiniti FX has aluminium doors and bonnet.

Inside, there is a command centre-style cockpit, leather upholstery, with 10-way powered driver’s seat/8-way powered passenger seat adjustments, complete with heating and cooling functions.

The high-tech interior design includes an Infiniti signature double-wave instrument panel and Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges. Also available is an automatic driving position system, which moves the steering wheel and outside mirrors adaptively into the correct position when the seat is adjusted.

EuroNCAP awarded the Infiniti FX a maximum five stars, an endorsement of the holistic, high-tech approach to safety that Infiniti takes with all its models.

The high-performance luxury crossover was the first Infiniti ever to face EuroNCAP’s crash barrier – as well as the first luxury SUV to be assessed under the new (in 2009), more rigorous new system.

The results – from arguably the world’s most demanding independent crash test organisation – are testament to the engineers’ efforts and the commitment to road safety that’s been at the heart of Infiniti since it was formed 20 years ago.

But the luxury marque’s holistic approach to safety means EuroNCAP could have taken many more driver aids into account besides: for example, the FX’s standard seat-belt pretensioners that act to grip the front seat occupants under fast manoeuvres; the reversing camera; front and rear parking sensors; automatic driving position system; intelligent all-wheel drive; and adaptive front lighting system with Xenon headlights.

The Infiniti FX will be released in Australia, together with the M, next year, ahead of the introduction of additional models from Nissan's premium brand.


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