The Infiniti FX, one of the sportiest driving - and certainly the sportiest looking - large crossovers on the market is now available with a sporting new engine under the bonnet. A diesel. This isn't the only first for Infiniti in Europe because with the new engine comes the availability of new safety technology: Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.
Playing to the Infiniti FX's strengths, the state-of-the-art 3.0-litre V6 enhances the Infiniti FX's already torque-rich performance while significantly lowering CO2 emissions and fuel consumption for real customer benefit. To be called the Infiniti FX30d, the four variant range joins the Infiniti FX petrol V6 and V8 models in a new look line-up for 2010 - and at prices that are virtually identical to equivalent V6 petrol models.
The Infiniti FX30d costs from £45,150, just £200 more than the equivalent Infiniti FX37 petrol model. Available in both luxury GT and more sporting S guises, the arrival of the diesel also marks the addition of new Premium specification grades with every possible feature included as standard - including the sophisticated new safety technology to help guard against collisions, available for the first time on any Infiniti in Europe.
The Infiniti FX's advanced construction, aerodynamic prowess and highly efficient intelligent all-wheel drive system provide the perfect accompaniment for the bespoke new V6 diesel engine. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is trimmed to 31.4 mpg (9.0l/100km) while CO2 emissions drop to 238 g/km.
The diesel Infiniti FX, however, remains a performance car at heart - as the new engine's impressive 550 Nm (406 lb ft) of pulling power, available at just 1750rpm, demonstrates. Paired with the standard 7-speed Adaptive Shift Control automatic transmission, the piezo-injection engine powers the greener Infiniti FX from 0-62 mph in just 8.3 seconds. But with more torque than even the petrol V8 of the Infiniti FX50, it's the diesel's effortless overtaking pace that is set to leave the lasting impression.
Infiniti FX buyers can go in two specification directions: luxury GT or sporting S. The 2010 GT, in either FX30d diesel or FX37 petrol forms, comes fully equipped as standard with paddle-shift 7-speed automatic transmission, intelligent all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, bi-Xenon cornering headlights (AFS), rear view camera and parking sensors, powered front seat adjustment (with driver's seat memory), electric reach and rake adjustment for steering wheel, glass sunroof, 20-inch light alloy wheels, I-Key with smart access, cruise control, Scratch Shield self-healing paint and a 7-speaker audio system including 6-CD changer, MP3 decoder, Aux-In and Bluetooth for mobile connectivity.
The S derivatives ramp up the sporting appeal with powered front sports seats, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) shock absorbers, 21-inch alloy wheels and, on the diesel S and 5.0-litre V8 petrol only, Rear Active Steering (RAS), which enhances both stability and agility. To distinguish the S, the model comes with smoked-glass headlamps and dark chrome exterior air vent and sill strip.
The new Premium grade enhances both GT and S models with features which are often unavailable in rivals. Safety is a particular focus, reinforcing the Infiniti FX's highest-possible five-star ranking in the EuroNCAP crash tests. Both GT Premium and S Premium versions of Infiniti FX30d and Infiniti FX37 are equipped with key elements of Infiniti's innovative Safety Shield technology such as Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with full speed range, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
Infiniti FX Premium versions are also equipped with innovations like Around View Monitor and a 30GB hard disk drive satellite navigation system, key ingredient of Infiniti's headline Connectiviti+ information and entertainment platform. Notable for its wide ranging functionality and intuitive controls, the satnav is not just four times faster than the previous DVD-based system but includes a wide range of features and facilities, from Michelin Guide recommendations to 3D graphics, to take the stress out of journeys - and add some extra enjoyment, too.
2010 Infiniti FX Model Prices
|FX37 GT Premium||£49,040|
|FX30d GT Premium||£49,680|
|FX37 S Premium||£51,090|
|FX30d S Premium||£51,730|
|FX50 S Premium||£56,400|
The full range of both petrol and diesel-powered Infiniti FX models is now available to order from an Infiniti Centre.Published 11 May 2010