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by George Skentzos

Nissan’s luxury division has unveiled the 2009 Infiniti FX50 performance luxury crossover SUV at an after-hours debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

This is the second-generation of Infiniti’s FX series, and will be offered in three model grades, including a new 5.0-litre V8-equipped Infiniti FX50.

Built on a sports sedan platform, the FX50 features ATTESA-E TS Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes.

2009 Infiniti FX50

Also available is Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension, Rear-Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels designed by Enkei.

The 5.0-litre 32-valve DOHC V8 develops 291kW and 500Nm with a V6 engine to be released at a later date.

2009 Infiniti FX50

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

Standard features include fog lamps and Bi-Xenon headlights, a DVD based navigation system, Around View Monitor parking aid, self-healing scratch resistant paint, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range), Distance Control Assist and an 11-speaker Bose stereo system.

2009 Infiniti FX50

Plans to bring Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand to Australia have been circulating since 2006, so it is unlikely we will see the FX50 here any time soon.




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