The Infiniti FX crossover has been a big hit with consumers from the day it was introduced back in 2003. The mid-size luxury crossover vehicle was revised in 2009 and that second-generation design continues with the 2013 model.
The FX rides on the same sporty platform as the Nissan 370Z. It has a long hood, a stretched wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. It was refreshed last year and given a bold new front grille and fascia design, revised interior gauge lighting, standard heated front seats, and a new Limited Edition model was added.
For 2013, a hot new 3.7-liter V-6 engine has been added to the mix, along with a new technological feature. The new engine — a 325-hp 3.7-liter V-6 with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) — replaces the old 303-hp 3.5-liter V-6. Now named the FX37, it is joined in the model lineup by the FX50 AWD, which continues with a 390-hp 5.0-liter V-8 with VVEL and Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
The other major enhancement for 2013 is the addition of the advanced Moving Objection Detection (MOD) to the Around View Monitor system (standard on FX50, optional on FX37). Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, which shows the driver a 360- degree image of the area around the vehicle.
The MOD function enhances the driver’s awareness by providing visual and audible warnings if the system detects another vehicle within the image in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. Using sophisticated technology, the system detects moving objects within the “top view” (when the vehicle is in Park). When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects crossing within the front or rear views.
The FX continues in 2013 with the same exterior design — some have likened it to a giant Scarab — that features bulging fenders and a long hood. Distinctive side air vents behind the front wheels allow air to flow through the engine compartment and out the side of the vehicle, reducing front end lift. The bold front grille and fascia show influence from the new Infiniti Essence concept vehicle.
The FX also has fog lamps and High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights. The aggressive silhouette is highlighted by a strong shoulder line, a kickedback roofline and an integrated rear spoiler.
On the inside, the Infiniti FX interior includes a command center-style cockpit, leather-appointed front seats with 10-way driver’s side/eight-way passenger side power adjustments available with a heating and cooling function. The available driver’s sport seat adds power-adjustable side bolsters and a manual thigh extension.
Pricing on the Infiniti FX37 starts at $44,300 and on the FX50 AWD at $60,650.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com