Infiniti FX50

Production Cars 6 Mar 2008
Infiniti FX50

At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show Infiniti has presented the second-generation FX50 crossover, a dynamic SUV with sportscar-like proportions that will debut worldwide on October 2008.

Infiniti FX50The design of the FX50 adopts sports car-like proportions with a long hood, stretched wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and large 21 inches wheels.

The FX50 is powered by a new 390-horsepower 5.0-liter 32-valve V8 engine with Variable Valve Lift & Event (VVEL) technology. 

The engine is coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and solid magnesium paddle shifters.

Among the technical highlights are Continuous Damping Control with Rear Active Steering and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA).

The interior combines a driver-oriented cockpit with a modern, comfortable passenger environment wrapped in rich, natural materials. 

2007 Infiniti FX50 The current Infiniti FX model

The high-tech interior design includes an Infiniti signature “double-wave” instrument panel and white and violet electroluminescent gauges, sports seating, and advanced audio, navigation and entertainment systems including an 11-speaker Bose-developed audio system and Around View Monitor.

The original Infiniti FX debuted in North America in 2003 and has been sold in markets around the world, including Taiwan, South Korea, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and China.

“With its athletic stance, its long, sleek nose and the roofline with its coupé arc, you can see immediately how our designers have artfully blended sports-car DNA with the high shoulders and imposing presence of an SUV.” said Carlos Ghosn.

Infiniti FX50 - InteriorThe Infiniti FX50 will go on sale in the Western European market starting from October 2008. 

From the Official Press Release:

Exterior Design

The new Infiniti FX continues with the breathtaking exterior styling and “sports car proportions” that helped the original stand out from all other performance luxury crossovers on the market.  The FX blends the substantial lower body of an SUV with the long hood, stretched wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, low overall height and elegant upper body more commonly found on sports cars.

Infiniti FX50For the new FX generation, distinctive side air vents have been added behind the front wheels.  Also, the front wheels have been moved 35 millimeters forward (from the previous generation FX) and the front track has been widened by 50 millimeters – providing an even more pronounced performance stance.

The FX’s design starts with a new front end featuring the Infiniti signature double-arch front grille, standard fog lamps and Bi-Xenon headlights. 

The new flat blade windshield wipers and wiper arm design optimize aerodynamic performance – helping improve wiping performance at high speeds and reducing wind noise at high speed.

The Infiniti FX’s aggressive silhouette is highlighted by a strong front-to-rear shoulder line, “taut canopy” greenhouse with chromed window frames, rearward-sloping roofline, integrated rear spoiler and polished roof rails. 

In the rear, the FX’s simple, bold appearance features LED taillights that extend beyond the body to help create aerodynamic down force and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.

The FX’s coefficient of drag has been improved to 0.35 from 0.37, with the engineers finessing even the smallest details to help manage airflow, including the front bumper sides, rear spoiler angle and taillight shape.

Body Structure

The FX is based on the FM (Front Midship) platform architecture used on the Infiniti G37 and G37 Coupe, which offers sports car-like front-to-rear weight balance – 54/46 – for exceptional handling.  

The new body structure is 90 kilograms lighter than the previous generation FX, while being 1.6 times more resistant to twisting and 3.4 times more resistant to bending.

(Source: Infiniti)

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