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2006 Infiniti FX45 SUV - Overview

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Overview

What's New
Infiniti's premium crossover SUV, the FX, enters the 2006 model year with an exterior facelift that features a new design for the grille, bumper, and wheels, as well as three new exterior colors. All 2006 FX models receive a 300-watt Bose audio system, rearview monitor, 7-inch color display, and advanced air bag system as standard equipment. The FX35 also gets leather seating surfaces with heated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, and 8-way power passenger seat, as well as driver's seat memory and power tilt/telescope steering wheel. The FX45 adds the Premium Package contents as standard features for 2006, and features new wood and aluminum interior accents. A lane departure warning system, Intelligent Key, and intelligent cruise control are also newly available.

Overview
Infiniti's FX-Series is all about form and function. Available in both FX45 and FX35 designations, the all-wheel-drive FX45 comes with a standard 320-hp, 4.5L DOHC V-8 developing 335 lb.-ft. of torque via a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. The FX35 features a 3.5L V-6 that delivers 280 hp and 290 lb.-ft. of torque through the same 5-speed autobox; it is available in either all- or rear-wheel-drive configurations. Standard safety amenities include ABS-assisted disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, traction and stability control, dual-stage front, and front/rear side curtain air bags, a tire pressure-monitoring system, and a vehicle security system with theft immobilizer. There is also an available lane departure warning system.

Notable standard features for the FX35 include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, bi-xenon headlamps, LED taillights, a 300-watt Bose audio system, power front seats, a rear-view monitor, and a seven-inch color information display. The FX45 adds chrome window moldings and polished aluminum roof rails, 20-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, auto on/off headlamps, cargo cover and net, a universal garage door opener, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system. Notable optional accessories include the aforementioned lane departure warning system, XM or Sirius Satellite Radio, and intelligent cruise control.

The Competition
The Midsize Premium CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) segment is aimed squarely at buyers who want the utility of a sport utility vehicle, but crave the luxury amenities and supple ride quality afforded by luxury sedans. Recently, the segment has seen a surge of new buyers as many of the crossovers in this segment offer better fuel economy than their full-frame truck and SUV cousins.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Lexus RX Series (108,775 sales in calendar year 2005) leads this segment. It is followed by the Acura MDX (57,948) and BMW X5 (37,598). The Infiniti FX-Series found 26,786 buyers last year, ranking it sixth on the sales list. Other volume models include the Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Cadillac SRX.

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