|The 2009 FX50 has a wider stance, more expressive headlights and a more powerful engine than the model it replaces. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
The FX lineup was well ahead of the curve when it was introduced to the market in 2003 with the V6-powered FX35 and the V8-powered FX45. It took the concept of a sport utility vehicle, pared down the "utility" to mean "five passengers and some luggage" and added a triple helping of "sport," helping blaze the crossover trail as it did so. The FX has been a success for the company, and other manufacturers, such as BMW with its X6, are really only just catching up, so Infiniti didn't want to mess with the formula when the company updated the FX last year for 2009.
Instead, adhering to the philosophy that "more is more," Infiniti slightly stretched the wheelbase (up 35 mm to 2,885 mm), widened the front track by 43 mm (to 1,635 mm), added some flashy chromed vents aft of the front wheels and made the big V8 sibling fiercer than ever. For 2009 the FX is available as the FX35, with a 303-horsepower, 3.5 litre V6, or as the more powerful FX50 (the subject of this review) with a 390-horsepower 5.0 litre V8 with 369 lb-ft of torque and Infiniti's VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) system. <Read More>