The new Infiniti FX will start at $83,900 as the company targets German rivals such as the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML, as well as the RX from Japanese compatriots Lexus.
The FX range will comprise three trim levels – GT, S and S Premium – and three engine variants. Each model features all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Infiniti’s entry point to its SUV, which it dubs a performance crossover, is the FX37 that’s powered by a 3.7-litre V6 with 235kW and 360Nm. It accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds and slurps 12.1 litres of premium petrol every 100km.
The mid-range Infiniti FX30d (pictured) ranges from $85,900 to $97,900 and offers the most torque – 550Nm – from its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel. It’s also the most frugal FX with official fuel consumption of 9.0L/100km though it’s also the slowest (8.3sec 0-100).
The Infiniti FX50 sits at the top of the line-up, with just a single, high-specification version priced from $114,900.
That brings the fastest FX, with a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds and highest top speed, at 250km/h.
The FX50 is also the thirstiest (13.1L/100km), requires expensive 98 RON unleaded, and emits the most CO2 (307g/km v 238g/km for the FX30d and 282g/km for the FX37.
Infiniti says its approach for its models is to offer more features and technology that comparable models from competitors.
The Infiniti FX undercuts the majority of rival SUVs but is also extensively equipped.
Feature exterior highlights for the base FX37 and FX30d GT versions include paddleshift levers, 20-inch alloy wheels, polished aluminium roof rails, “self-healing” paintwork, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, foglights, rain-sensing wipers, LED tail-lights, reversing tilt side mirrors, aluminium pedals, leather upholstery with heated/ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and engine start, electrically adjustable front seats, 8-inch colour infotainment screen, 30 gigabyte sateliite navigation system, 10 gigabyte music box, Bose audio, front and rear sensors, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity.
Under Safety, there are six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, and electronic stability and traction control.
All Infinitis also come with a generous four-year warranty (matched only by Lexus) and a roadside assist program that applies to other vehicles driven by the owner of an Infiniti model (see separate story).
Stepping up to the S variants of the FX37 and FX30d adds active, variable suspension, 21-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, dark chrome treatments, red ‘S’ badge and, for the FX30d only, an active rear steer system.
The top-spec S Premium, the standard trim for the FX50, brings a number of safety technologies: lane departure warning and prevention, forward collision warning system with auto braking, and a so-called Low Speed Following system that allows a driver to focus on acceleration only in congested traffic while the car’s electronics monitor the car ahead and inhibits further throttle use and brakes automatically when necessary.
Additionally, an Around View Monitor combines four wide-angle external cameras to provide the driver with a useful bird’s-eye view of surroundings to aid parking.
The Infiniti FX will be joined by the Infiniti M sedan at launch. It will be joined by the G-series coupe and convertible models in December.
Infiniti FX range
Infiniti FX37 GT $83,900
Infiniti FX37 S $92,900
Infiniti FX37 S Premium $95,900
Infiniti FX30d GT $85,900
Infiniti FX30d S $94,900
Infiniti FX30d S Premium $97,900
Infiniti FX50 S Premium $114,900