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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Infiniti FX facelift has been revealed, giving us our first look at how the vehicle will appear when it lands in Australian showrooms in the second half of next year.

The 2012 Infiniti FX benefits from a simplified four-bar chrome grille, which gives the front end a classier, more sophisticated appearance. The revised headlights, fog lights double-wave bonnet and front fascia design contribute to the freshened look. New 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels for the top-end models add to the bold 2012 styling.

Inside, the instrument cluster enjoys a slight revision.

Infiniti Cars Australia General Manager, Kevin Snell, said everything was on track for the FX to be part of the initial showroom offering when the brand goes on sale in Australia in the third quarter of 2012.

Mr Snell said the Infiniti FX would join the M luxury performance sedan and the G37 convertible and coupe models in showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in the second half of next year.

“That’s the plan. We’re looking at expanding beyond those cities in the one or two years after launch,” he said.

Mr Snell said Infiniti Cars Australia planned to launch the all-wheel drive FX in all three trim levels, with the three different powertrain options.

The first model is the FX37, which is powered by a 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine with 235kW of power and 360Nm of torque.

The FX30d will also join the line-up. Its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine generates 175kW and 550Nm of torque and has a combined cycle fuel consumption rating of 9.0 litres/100km according to European standards.

The range-topper is the FX50. It features a 287kW/500Nm 5.0-litre V8 engine, and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds.

All engines are teamed with a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

In the US, the 2012 Infiniti JX comes standard with automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, lightweight aluminium bonnet and doors, power tailgate and 18- to 21-inch alloy wheels.

The cabin is equipped with full leather upholstery, 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat (eight-way for front passenger), advanced climate control, smart key with push-button start, 11-speaker Bose audio system and a rear view camera.

Optional features include adaptive cruise control and distance assist, 360-degree view, lane departure warning, intelligent brake assist and adaptive front lighting.

Specifications of Australian Infiniti FX models will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch in the third quarter of next year.