The first Infiniti Centre in the UK will open this September on the outskirts of Reading, near to the M4, with other sites to follow shortly afterwards. In all, Infiniti expects to have around 12 Centres open across the UK within the next two years. With an online experience second to none and VIP service which offers annual free collection and delivery of an Infiniti up to a 150 mile radius, customers will never feel far from an Infiniti Centre.
Every Infiniti FX for the UK comes with:
- Seven-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control
- Magnesium gear-shift 'paddles'
- 'Active torque distribution' intelligent all-wheel drive
- Opposed calliper brakes (front 4 pistons; rear 2 pistons)
- Bi-Xenon adaptive cornering headlights
- Diagonally stitched leather upholstery
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- 10-way power driver's seat
- 8-way power front passenger seat
- Electrically adjustable steering column
- Six airbags
- Speed-sensitive power steering
- ASC stability control
- Infiniti I-Key smart access and welcome light procedure
- Rear privacy glass
- Hand stained Maple Wood trim
- 'Scratch Shield' self-repairing paint
- Automatic driving position correction and memory
- 'Fine Vision' electroluminescent gauges
- Cruise control
- Auto dimming rear view mirror, automatic lights and wipers
- Electric glass sunroof
As well as all the standard FX features (see list above), the GT gets a true GT's engine: a new 320PS (316bhp) 3.7-litre version of the group's award-winning, petrol-fuelled V6 with Infiniti's variable valve event and lift technology. In the FX it offers 0-62mph acceleration in 6.8 seconds and a top speed where the law and conditions allow of 145mph.
Ease of driving is assured by a hefty 360Nm (266lb ft) of pulling power while in league with the FX GT's high performance is an official combined fuel cycle figure of 23.4mpg. The engine is ahead of emissions requirements, being compliant with the Euro 5 standard. For the record, its CO2 emissions figure is 282g/km.
For an extra £2000 over the FX37 GT, the S adds:
- Continuous Damping Control (CDC)
- 14-way power driver's seat
- Sports front seats
- Six-spoke metallic-finish Enkei 21 inch alloy wheels
- 265/45 performance tyres
- Dark chrome exterior trim
With its subtly different exterior trim and decidedly purposeful wheel and tyre combination, the S takes the GT package a sporty step further. But the S is about more than just looks. The front seats get a sports makeover for more cornering support. The driver seat's 14-way adjustment includes side bolsters that move in and out at the touch of a button for a bespoke driving position whatever the driver's shape or size.
Technology in the S is boosted by the addition of CDC dampers. These are electronically controlled shock absorbers which, via a variety of sensors, continuously tailor the level of damping to suit road and driving conditions. CDC can be left in automatic, for optimal ride and handling at all times, or switched to Sport mode in order to call up every ounce of the FX's handling prowess for the most challenging of roads. The FX37S uses the same 3.7-litre 320PS (316bhp) V6 engine as the GT and claims 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 145mph.
For an extra £9200 over the FX37S, the FX50S adds:
- 390PS (385bhp) 5.0-litre V8
- Rear Active Steer
- Around View Monitor
- Intelligent Cruise Control
- Intelligent Brake Assist
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
At the heart of the FX50S is a new 5.0-litre V8 which, thanks to Infiniti's patented Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) valve control technology, combines a high power unit of 390PS (385bhp) with torque of 500Nm (369lb ft). 0-62mph takes 5.8 seconds while the top speed is limited to 155mph. On the official combined fuel cycle the FX50S returns 21.7mpg. It is fully compliant with Euro 5 emissions regulations and produces 310g/km of CO2.
To control this amount of power with maximum safety and driver involvement Infiniti called on everything it knows about handling ‐ including the SUV-first of Rear Active Steer. This electronically controlled system enhances agility at low speeds and improves the car's stability. Like the FX37S, 21in wheels and CDC damping are standard – along with all other features from that model. But the FX50S gets in addition its own exclusive technology designed to make life on board easier and safer.
Around View Monitor utilises cameras around the car to generate a 360 degree bird's eye view so not even the tightest parking space holds any fear for the driver. Intelligent Cruise Control uses laser sensors to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front, at any speed from 0-112mph. And Intelligent Brake Assist could be a life-saver: when it detects that a collision with a car in front is imminent, it first warns the driver and then brakes the car automatically. All are standard fare on the FX50S; some rivals do not offer these features even as extra-cost options.
The Infiniti FX can be reserved online now. Deliveries are due to begin in September when the UK's inaugural Infiniti Centre, in Reading, opens its doors.
When the first FX with a 59-suffix registration plate hits the roads in September, it will mark the culmination of a 20-year journey to bring Japan's boldest new luxury marque to the UK. Infiniti already enjoys a large and enthusiastic following in other parts of Europe, the Middle East and the US.
The FX sits at the top of Infiniti Europe's five-model range which also includes the G37 Saloon, G37 Coupé, G37 Convertible and EX37 crossover, all of which are also due on sale in the UK this year at the same time.Special editions of Infiniti FX
1 February 2010