The Infiniti FX luxury SUV is entering its second year of production with the addition of few more technological advances. The 2010 FX is on sale, with prices starting at around $42,400 for the entry level FX35 RWD, $43,850 for the V6 powered FX35 AWD and goes all the way up to $58,400 for the top of the line AWD FX50.
The 2010 Infiniti FX is available with a choice of two engines. The first is a 390 HP 5.0 Liter 32 valve DOHC V8 for the FX50 wile the more affordable option is a 303 HP 3.5 Liter 24 valve DOHC V6 in the FX35. Either engine can be configured to work with the automaker’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, a unit that comes standard on the FX50. All models are equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission, double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes.
For 2010, changes to FX include standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System on all models, the addition of a standard USB Connection Port for iPod and other compatible devices, the addition of a 2.0GB Music Box hard drive to feed tunes to the Bose Premium Audio system for vehicles without a navigation system as well as a simplified choice of color combination. FX’s available Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System has been enhanced for 2010 with the addition of an in-dash single disc DVD audio/video drive, streaming audio via Bluetooth, Zagat Restaurant Guide and XM NavWeather all in the hopes of making your sporty SUV experience even more luxurious.
Press release after the jump.
Created as a fusion of luxury, performance and utility, the stunning Infiniti FX is impossible to ignore, whether standing still or in its natural habitat – in motion. A “radical expression of sport and utility,” FX offers exceptional levels of performance, refinement and driving exhilaration.
For the 2010 model year, the second for the totally rethought second-generation FX, it is again available with a choice of a 390-horsepower 5.0-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 engine with VVEL or a 303-horsepower 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6. Each engine is paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev matching (DRM).
The 2010 FX is also offered with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (standard on FX50), double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)® suspension system, Rear Active Steer and 21-inch Enkei super lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels.
VQ35HR 24-valve 3.5-liter DOHC V6, producing 303-hp and 262 lb-ft of torque (FX35)
“The Infiniti FX is one of those rare vehicles that responds to the driver’s every mood – equally adept at being driven at the limits or rewarding its occupants when the time comes to just sit back and relax,” said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. “Its style is highly seductive inside and out, while its available technology – from state-of-the-art navigation and audio systems to industry leading safety features – enhances the owner’s sense of comfort, security and indulgence.”
As a showcase of Infiniti’s groundbreaking technology capabilities, the FX offers available Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range) and Lane Departure Warning/Lane Departure Prevention systems. Also available is the Around View Monitor (AVM), which provides a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping to maneuver it in tight spots.
The 2010 FX is available in three models: FX50 AWD with 5.0-liter V8, FX35 AWD with 3.5-liter V6 and, and FX35 RWD with 3.5-liter V6.
Dramatic Styling, Advanced Body Structure
The 2010 FX’s aggressive styling serves notice of its performance underpinnings, yet also offers room for five and the cargo capacity to hold four full-size golf bags. FX stands out from other performance luxury crossovers on the market with its head-turning exterior styling and sporty proportions, including a long hood, stretched wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, and low center of gravity. The design’s distinctive side air vents, located behind the front wheels, allow air to flow through the engine compartment and out the side of the vehicle, reducing front end lift.
FX’s pronounced performance appearance starts with a traditional, lustrous Infiniti signature double-arch front grille, fog lamps and iconic High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional projector headlights. The aggressive silhouette is highlighted by a strong front-to-rear shoulder line, tight greenhouse, kicked-back roofline and integrated rear spoiler. The large LED taillights extend beyond the body, helping create aerodynamic downforce, while big dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers cap the action-ready appearance.
Under FX’s polished, assertive styling is an equally advanced body structure. FX utilizes the rigid platform architecture used on the performance-slanted Infiniti G Sedan, G Coupe and M Sedan. The FM platform offers a performance foundation and balanced front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling. Efforts were taken to reduce weight, including the use of aluminum doors and hood, and enhance body strength.
A Driver-Oriented Interior
The Infiniti FX’s interior features a command center-style cockpit designed to enhance the driving experience. The leather-appointed front seats offer 8-way power adjustments and are available with a heating and cooling function for maximum comfort in any season. The available driver’s sport seat adds power-adjustable side bolsters and manual thigh extension.
The high-tech interior design includes an Infiniti signature double-wave instrument panel and white/violet Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges. Also available is an automatic driving position system, which moves the steering wheel and outside mirrors adaptively into the correct position when the seat is adjusted – allowing the driver to change the seat position while driving and keep the same mirror viewpoint and relationship between the steering column and driver’s shoulder position.
The FX interior also includes an array of comfort and convenience equipment – a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual front and rear cupholders, locking glove compartment, overhead sunglass holder, four 12-volt power outlets, power windows with front and rear one-touch up/down function, power door locks and available cargo area cover and aluminum pedals. Hospitality features include Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and a special Welcome Lighting system with 12-point sequential lighting that starts with turning on the puddle lamps under the side mirrors as the driver approaches the FX and continues to light key areas as driver and passengers settle into the interior.
Another available feature is an Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster™ ionizer that reduces interior airborne contaminants. The system includes a “Clean Mode,” which uses ionization to reduce unwanted airborne particles. An “Ion Mode” creates a high concentration of negative ions to impart a freshness and crispness to the air, similar to what people experience after a thunderstorm or near a waterfall. In addition, FX50 utilizes a filter using fiber impregnated with natural grape seed polyphenol, which has the ability to reduce allergens that conventional filters cannot remove due to their incredibly small size (0.3 to 0.5 microns).
The 2010 FX comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio – an advanced Bose® audio system, acoustically engineered by Bose® to optimize sound within the FX’s interior. The FX35’s 11-speaker system features an AM/FM/CD player, 2.0GB Music Box Hard Drive and USB connection port for audio/video playback and iPod® Interface.
Also standard are XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), diversity antenna and steering wheel-mounted remote audio controls. The advanced Infiniti Hard Drive (HDD) Navigation System – standard on FX50, available on FX35 – features XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather® with Real-Time Weather Information (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Guide and Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, along with a 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive for digital music storage and playback and Voice Recognition system for navigation and audio systems.