Infiniti FX45 | Auto Express

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Breaking into one of the fiercely contested sectors of the will be far from easy. But our of the 2007 model Infiniti suggests the Japanese company be well placed to take the to its rivals.

Promising strong a powerful engine and a well interior, the new FX45 – which on sale in October 2008 – be a force to be reckoned with. The brings many unique – which is an essential asset in a driven as much by image as else.

It’s a Nissan, but not as you know it. at £44,000, and with the looks, V8 and equipment to back that up, the FX45 is a rival to the likes of X5.

The all-wheel-drive crossover has been by a company Nissan set up in 1989 to Lexus, and is proof that the has what it takes to build an SUV.

The only problem is, British can’t buy one – yet. In October year, Infiniti plans to a three-strong family of cars, led by the FX. And to find out what buyers to look forward to, we got hold of the to this year’s model.

impressions are promising. The FX45 has a look and an imposing stance. 20-inch alloys fill the and the liberal use of chrome leaves you in no that the new car is aiming for buyers who image and visual impact.

The paintwork is beautifully applied and the gaps evenly spaced – you need to look too hard to the FX is perfectly built. Key­less means there is no rummaging for the fob to open the doors, either. the spacious cabin, with its wood and combination of leather and lighting, gives the 4×4 a that’s just as striking as the

Infiniti FX45

There’s a great view the curving bonnet, plus a driver’s seat. The steering is electrically adjustable, while a camera helps make up for rear visibility.

Future versions will be with Nissan’s 360-degree which creates a composite of the road all the way round the car. Out on the the FX provides sharp throttle while the automatic gearbox is smooth. Infiniti has clearly hard on refinement; despite the and power of the V8 engine, it remains quiet.

The steering is heavy, and has robustly engineered feel to many Nissans – which be no surprise as the SUV shares its platform and with the 350Z. Even the wheel itself is lifted the two-seater coupe, although won’t be the case in future models.

In fact, our only criticism is the which isn’t supple and feels harsh over surfaces. However, Infiniti that in 12 months’ time, problems will be a distant A dedicated chassis develop­ment – based at Nissan’s technical in Cranfield, Beds – is currently the FX’s sus­pension for British

Yet even though it has worked so to create a car that’s not only but relevant to the UK market, Infiniti is down its chances of success. say they will be happy sales volumes registered in the rather than thousands. On the of our first drive, that be a conservative estimate!

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