NASHVILLE, TN – Complementing Infiniti’s three-model lineup in Europe (G, EX, M) will be the new second-generation FX SUV. Infiniti has revised the FX’s curvy, taut styling to reduce wind resistance, which is now down to 0.35 cd, according to car-reviews.automobile.com. The FX is available with Nissan’s self-healing “Scratch Shield” paint, which actually repairs itself.
On the inside, the FX’s cabin remains familiar, with the same double-wave instrument panel, but with new controls and a new steering wheel.
The top of the line V8-powered FX is now the FX50, thanks to a new 5.0L V-8 engine that delivers 380+ horsepower, 368 ft.-lb. of torque, and has a redline of 6,900 rpm. The new engine is mated to a brand new seven-speed automatic transmission, and features magnesium paddles for manual mode shifting. The FX is aided by ATESSA active all-wheel drive and active rear-wheel steering, an item that’s been borrowed from the G37 Coupe. Infiniti has also improved comfort levels, adding adaptive damping, and has fitted lightweight forged 21-inch alloy wheels to help improve the SUV’s ride quality. The new 2009 FX will arrive in dealerships this June, with details on the V-6 model expected to arrive soon.