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Infiniti Reveals Illustrations of FX45 SUV Concept

Part sports car, part SUV, all exhilaration, the second generation Infiniti FX45 Concept continues the original’s quotBionic Cheetahquot theme, combining sports car performance with SUV utility and an advanced all-wheel system. The aggressive styling of the FX45 Concept, which makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, is accentuated by its long wheelbase, wide stance, 21-inch wheels and tires, LED taillights and unique roof pillar design. Powering the FX45 is an advanced 300+ horsepower 4.5-liter V8 based on the class-leading 2002 Infiniti Q45 powerplant.

The Infiniti FX45 Concept offers a highly personalized four-passenger interior wrapped in handcrafted Brick-colored leather with polished aluminum accents. This juxtaposition of quotwarmquot and quotcoolquot textures provides a fitting atmosphere for the FX45’s balanced combination of high performance and high luxury. Special equipment featured on the FX45 includes polished aluminum pedals, quotfloatingquot instrument cluster, large navigation monitor screen and rear seat entertainment system.

By Combining Sports Car Performance, SUV Utility and Infiniti StyleConcept vehicles, according to Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Design, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. are accelerators of change. quotVehicles like our new Infiniti FX45 Concept are important platforms on which to launch new ideas,quot said Nakamura. quotThough not everything on a concept reaches the showroom floor, they are indicators of a company#8217;s direction, thinking and spirit. In the case of the FX45 Concept, our direction, thinking and spirit are definitely headed toward performance.quot

The second generation FX45 Concept, which makes its world debut at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, follows by one year the appearance of a similarly named and themed FX45 Concept – both described by Nakamura as quotBionic Cheetahsquot for their combined emphasis on sports car performance with SUV utility. The second generation FX45 Concept has been completely redesigned inside and out but remains an aggressive, V8-powered, all-wheel drive sports luxury design.

quotWe tested the waters last year to great consumer response and have come back with a new interpretation which is much closer to the actual production model,quot said Nakamura. quotThe fusion of sports car and SUV remains at its core, but we#8217;ve added breakthrough exterior and interior styling to its superior drivetrain and advanced technology.quot

A production version of the FX45 Concept has been announced as a future addition to the Infiniti lineup and will go on sale in early 2003.

quotThe new FX45 Concept represents the shape of things to come for our production crossover SUV,quot said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division. quotIt also represents our intention to stand out from the pack of less exciting, less confident vehicles currently in the market.quot

Breakthrough Styling, Advanced Technology

The FX45 Concept takes full advantage of its 112.2-inch long wheelbase, wide stance and 21-inch wheels and tires to create a strong presence, whether in motion or at rest. Rather than adopt a quotblendedquot minivan/wagon/sedan approach, its designers sought an aggressive image – strong, fast and agile – so that the FX45 Concept looks the way it drives. The exterior suggests sports car shapes, but with modern packaging and architecture.

The cabin is moved rearward, set back like a sports car, with long doors and the tires pushed out to the corners. A large, Infiniti-style grille and narrow horizontal headlights reinforce the classic sports car effect.

quotThere#8217;s an elegance and grace to the design, like a cheetah#8217;s fast, beautiful body,quot said Nakamura. quotIt#8217;s meant to feel completely different from current vehicles in the category.quot The FX45 Concept exterior also imparts a sense of quotactivequot safety and security through its broad fenders and beltline, high seating position and large, LED taillights. As a pure Infiniti, luxury has not been overlooked either, with special quotLiquid Mercuryquot paint and polished Aluminum-alloy wheels.

Infiniti FX45

quotWe see future buyers cross-shopping the FX45 not only against other crossover SUVs but a variety of performance vehicles, so its driving credentials must come through at first glance,quot said McNabb. quotAt the same time, the body offers much more room and utility than traditional sports cars, making the FX45 an everyday, all-weather alternative to the less flexible enthusiast machines.quot

Inside, the FX45 Concept#8217;s highly personalized four-passenger interior offers a rich blend of handcrafted Brick-colored leather and polished aluminum accents. Each of the four individual power-operated seats has been designed for the person who will be using it – a driver#8217;s area that allows concentration on driving, a front passenger seat that indulges the occupant with individual heating and cooling controls, intuitive storage and soft lighting, and a state-of-the-art entertainment area with an overhead DVD display and game system for rear seat passengers. The instrument panel offers a special quotfloatingquot instrument cluster with a large 9.5-inch LCD monitor.

quotThe FX45 Concept#8217;s advanced technology features are designed to help the driver stay connected to the outside world and increase productivity without distracting from the primary task at hand – driving enjoyment,quot said McNabb.

Dynamic Performance From A 4.5-Liter V8

The FX45 Concept#8217;s 4.5-liter V8 engine is based on the class-leading 2002 Infiniti Q45 powerplant and is planned to produce in excess of 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The FX45 also features all-wheel drive with electronic torque demand, a 4-wheel independent suspension with multi-link rear design and 4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution.

quotThe FX45 Concept#8217;s suspension and drivetrain are designed to provide secure, comfortable on-road handling and all-weather driving performance, giving the driver a sense of athleticism and confidence not unlike an all-wheel drive sports car,quot said McNabb. quotThis new FX45 Concept reflects the personality of the target owners – confident, successful, competitive.quot

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