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Infiniti FX
Infiniti FX
Infiniti
aka FX50
FX45
Production 2002-Present
Class Mid-Size
Body Style 5-Door Wagon
Length 191.3 in
Width 75.9 in
Height 66.1 in
Wheelbase 113.6 in
Weight 4,156 lbs
Transmission 7-speed electronic Automatic w/ Manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and Downshift Rev Matching
rear-wheel drive (FX35 RWD) or ATTESA E-TS™ all-wheel drive (FX50 AWD, FX35 AWD)
Engine 5.0 litre VK50VE VVEL DOHC V8, 32 valve
3.5 litre VQ35HR DOHC V6
Power 390 hp @ N/A rpm
369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque @ N/A rpm

303 hp @ N/A rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Lexus RX
Cadillac SRX
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
Acura MDX
Designer

The Infiniti FX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV, currently sold in two models: the FX45 and the FX50.

With the FX45 crossover, Infiniti sought to combine sports-car performance with SUV functionality. The FX45's 4.5L V8 generates 315-hp (235kW) and is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission that incorporates a manual-shift mode. ATTESA-ETS All wheel drive is standard, and the FX45 has a sport-tuned four-wheel independent suspension. The FX35 uses a 3.5L V6.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Infiniti FX Review.

Recent ChangesEdit

  • The FX series was updated for 2006 with a new look, some new options, and additions to its standard features. The wheels, grille, and front bumper have all been redesigned. The FX35 now has leather seats, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel and a rear view camera with a color screen standard. The FX45's V8 engine was also upgraded to 320-hp (239kW) and it gets a standard sunroof, Bluetooth system, rear view camera with a color screen, and aluminum roof rails, all of which are available through various premium packages that are optional for the FX35.
  • For the 2009 model year, the FX is refreshed into its second model generation. Featuring two V8 engine variants, the FX50 and the FX45 is powered by a 390 hp 5.0 litre and 320 hp 4.5 litre powerplant, respectively. [1]

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

There are 2 styles available for the FX: the FX35 and FX45. While most options are available to both, there are several standard features on the FX45 which are optional on the FX35. These include 20-in. aluminum alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sunroof, Bluetooth technology, Intelligent Key, and aluminum roof rails, among others. In addition, FX35 and FX45 are equipped with two different engines, and while the FX35 is available in either all wheel drive (AWD) or rear wheel drive (RWD), the FX45 is only available in AWD. Some of the distinguishing specifications are as follows:

Performance (FX35)

  • 280-hp 3.5 L VQ35DE V6
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds
  • 0-100 mph: NA
  • 1/4 mile: 15.5 seconds at 91.0 mph
  • 300ft Skidpad: .89g
  • Top Speed: 137mph

Performance (FX45)

  • 320-hp 4.5 L VK45DE V8
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
  • 0-100 mph: 17.6 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 14.8 seconds at 95.1 mph
  • 300ft Skidpad: .89g
  • Top Speed: 137mph

PricingEdit

Today's actual prices for the Infiniti FX35 and FX45 can be found at CarsDirect.

FX Trims

FX35 4x2

FX35 4x4

FX45 4x4

MSRP

$37,800

$39,300

$49,750

Invoice

$34,750

$36,126

$45,705

Gas MileageEdit

As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

Trim

FX35 4x2

FX35 4x4

FX45 4x4

MPG

17/22

16/21

14/18

ReliabilityEdit

In 2005, the Infiniti FX series received J.D. Power Initial Ratings of 2/5 for Mechanical Quality, 5/5 for Feature & Accessory Quality, and 5/5 for Body & Interior Quality. Prior to that, in 2004, the FX series Initial Ratings differed only in that it received a 3/5 for Mechanical Quality.

SafetyEdit

Infiniti's FX line comes with a number of safety features which are standard across all models. These include features designed not only to lower the probability of an accident, but also to reduce the amount of injury sustained if an accident should occur:

  • Available Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning
  • Available Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system
  • Available Distance Control Assist (DCA)
  • Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
  • Dual-stage front supplemental air bags with passenger seat occupant classification system and *seat belt sensor
  • Seat-mounted side-impact air bags and roof-mounted curtain air bags for enhanced outboard seat occupant head protection
  • 3-point front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters; ALR/ELR in all passenger seating positions (driver ELR only)
  • Available Pre-Crash Seat Belts
  • Seat belt reminder system (front)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system in rear outboard seating positions, (upper tether for all rear seating positions)
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • Child safety rear door locks and power window lock-out button
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • First aid kit and tool kit
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System and Vehicle Security System
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), cancel switch

PhotosEdit

ColorsEdit

Exterior

  • Liquid Platinum
  • Ivory Pearl
  • Sapphire
  • Autumn Copper
  • Sheer Platinum
  • Serengeti Sand
  • Black Obsidian
2005 interior

2005 Infiniti FX35 Interior

  • Beryllium
  • Diamond Graphite
  • Malbec Black

Interior

  • Graphite Leather/Aluminum
  • Graphite Leather/Etched Aluminum
  • Graphite Leather/Rosewood & Aluminum
  • Wheat Leather/Aluminum
  • Wheat Leather/Etched Aluminum
  • Wheat Leather/Rosewood & Aluminum
  • Espresso Leather/Rosewood & Aluminum

Main CompetitorsEdit

Hybrid ModelsEdit

Infiniti has not announced any upcoming hybrid vehicles, to date.

Unique AttributesEdit

Marketed as a "Bionic Cheetah," the FX was one of the first true Luxury SUVs, sporty and aggressive yet suited less for off-roading than for a family lifestyle.

The engine is tuned similarly to the G35, and produces a delightful 'growl'. Acceleration and road manners are excellent for a crossover type vehicle.

Resale ValuesEdit

According to CarsDirect.com, the 2006 FX will have an excellent resale value.

In addition, Kelley Blue Book estimates that after 24 months the FX35 should retain 58% of its retail value, while the FX45 should retain 62%. After 48 months, those figures drop to 45% and 49%.

CriticismsEdit

  • "This also means, of course, that for serious off-roading the FX45 is not worth a cheetah's furball. Or we assume it's not, since Infiniti didn't let us take it off-road during our day's drive." — AutoWeek
  • "Some of the FX's more attractive options, such as navigation, are grouped into pricey packages and cannot be ordered separately." - Kelley Blue Book

The vehicle is wide, and a magnet for door dings. Many users report short tread life with the stock Goodyear RSA tires.

The cargo capacity is much smaller than in the Murano, though similar in size of the BMW X5.

Rear visibility for the driver is an issue. If the rear seats are in the full upright position, most of the view from the rearview mirror out the back is blocked by the three headrests. The rear seats can be tilted back to improve visibility if not in use.

Current Generation (2002-present)Edit

After debuting the concept in 2001, Infiniti completely redesigned the FX45 Concept car and once again unveiled the second generation model at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This model, however, would go into production and become the first FX45 marketed to the public. In addition, a V6 model (the FX35) was produced and sold alongside the V8 FX45.

First Generation/Origins (2001)Edit

Infiniti first unveiled the FX45 as a concept car at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The goal was to create a vehicle that combined the practicality of an SUV with the performance of a sports car, and at a time when the luxury SUV market was only blossoming, the FX45 Concept was meant to compete more with luxury cars like the BMW 7 Series, Lexus GS 430, and even Infiniti's own Q45.

WorldwideEdit

Nissan, Infiniti's parent company, offers no parallel models to the FX series in Japan. The FX series is offered exclusively through Infiniti, which operates in the US, Canada, Taiwan, the Middle East, and South Korea.

AwardsEdit

The FX35's 280-hp V6 is the only engine to be named to Ward's Auto World's "10 Best" list every year that they've awarded it.

See alsoEdit


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INFINITI

Renault-Nissan Alliance


Renault | Nissan | Infiniti | Dacia | Samsung | Alpine


Current

Cars: G37 · M37 · M37x · M56

SUV/Crossover/Minivans: FX50 · EX · QX56

Historic

G20 · G35 · I30 · I35 · M30 · J30 · QX4 · FX35 · FX45 · Q45

Concept

Essence Concept · G Cabrio Concept


Infiniti Performance Line


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