Sharper and meaner than before.
The Infiniti FX is quite an iconic SUV coming from the past decade, with the FX35 model in particular being a bit hit with the crowd. The combination of elegant design outside with a plush interior coupled with decent performance made for a winning combination. In 2009 the second generation FX series continued this trend, but in a bigger body with a bolder design.
Today I’ll be looking at the 2013 Infinity FX which comes with a mid-life facelift. While the overall design of the Infiniti FX remains similar to the original, you can see the new Infiniti corporate looking showing up prominently.
Gone is the minimalistic grill on the front with its twisty strips, replaced with an hourglass shape with sharper edges. Of all the cars in the Infiniti 2013 lineup, the FX looks the best with this new look as it gives the car a very aggressive look while still retaining the gorgeous curves and a well proportioned body front to back.
Inside the Infiniti FX comes with chunky looking knobs, dashboard and general upholstery. Everything is dipped in comfortable luxury. Apart from leather (everywhere) you’ll see woodgrain and silver trim. I would suggest, however, going with a combination of dark colors instead of having completely beige which seriously dulls the sensation of being inside the FX.
The multimedia system is powered by Bose Premium 11-speaker system with built-in HDD (9.3GB). The 7-inch screen is vibrant and the system itself is fairly responsive. The control layout in front of the screen is also easily accessible, much like the G37, and is equally functional. As usual your opinion may defer as many in our office dislike the plethora of buttons on Infiniti steering wheels and navigation system.
Road noise is, as you’d expect, minimal throughout till you’re well above 120kmph. The engine sound is nicely ported through to the cabin, with the V8 sounding more tuned than the archetype growl you’d expect. At almost 80 inches the Infiniti FX is fairly wide, so you’ll need to really adjust your sideview mirrors perfectly to stay in lane. Thankfully the reverse camera and the 360° ‘Around View Monitor’ system means perfect parking even in tight spots.
The Infiniti FX50S is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 producing 390HP @ 6,500RPM and 500Nm @ 4,400RPM. That’s enough to propel the FX50S from 0 to 100kmph in 5 seconds flat. The 7-speed gearbox is good enough for both daily driving and when you’re in the mood for something more sports. Rarely did I find the need to go into Sports mode.
Sports mode reminds me, switching the suspension from the floaty feeling of the ‘Comfort’ mode to the ‘Sports’ mode made the FX50S feel more agile. With the legendary ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system from Nissan the FX50S drives with the type of precision I’d rarely associate with an SUV. The Intelligent AWD system transfers power from the rear wheels to all four depending on surface conditions and how much power you need.
With the big V8 also comes the price of larger fuel consumption, and with average city driving in Dubai (including Sheikh Zayed Road), I averaged about 17L/100km. Drive it economically, however, and you can get up to 11L/100km.
The 2013 Infiniti FX50S is an elegant take on the modern SUV, without ever losing sight of brilliant performance (even on the FX35) and handling. While the V8 does gulp a lot of fuel, you can always opt for the more efficient FX35. The FX50S is poised for comfortable driving around the city as and a rewardingly tuned suspension if you’re feeling adventurous. There are very few SUVs that can match the Infiniti FX for its price, style, power and practicality.