The FX35 and FX45 are Infiniti's very athletic crossover utility vehicles. They underwent significant updates for the 2006 model year and have only minor changes for 2007. The FX35 gets new 18-inch wheels while the FX45 gets standard power-folding outside mirrors. Both are now available with iPod playback input jacks.
Infiniti's FX line made its debut in 2003, and in 2006 underwent an extensive update with new visual highlights and new standard features, including a 300-watt Bose audio system, leather seating, side curtain air bags, and more.
The Infiniti FX35 and FX45 have a look unique on the roads, a very aggressive styling that Infiniti calls "cool fusion" and that sets these vehicles far apart from the routine crossover utility vehicles. They also have components that allow them to make good on their athletic appearance with very dynamic driving capabilities. You can almost think of them as sports cars with large cargo bays.
The FX35 is propelled by a 275-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that drives either the rear or all wheels. The FX45 has a 320-hp, 4.5-liter V-8 and all-wheel drive. It also has huge 20-inch wheels. The FX also offers Infiniti's lane departure warning system and active cruise control. The lane departure warning is an audible alert when the on-board technology senses that the driver is about to unintentionally cross the lane markers. Turning on the turn signals deactivates the system momentarily. The active cruise control maintains a safe distance between the driver's vehicle and the one ahead of it on the roadway.
The Infiniti FX-Series competes in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, reliability, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus RX Series (108,348 units sold), Acura MDX (54,121), and Volvo XC90 (33,200). The Infiniti FX-Series sold 22,653 units in 2006, a decrease of 15.4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Premium CUV segment include the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, and Porsche Cayenne. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Lincoln MKX.