• Mar 21, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Infiniti FX

It is official. The all-new 2009 FX50 will not share the showroom floor with a rumored "FX37." Instead, Infiniti has chosen to keep the less-powerful sibling designated as the "FX35." That means the engine is the award-winning VQ35HR right out of the Infiniti G35 sedan -- not the sweet 3.7-liter 330-hp gem from the G37 Coupe. Under the hood of the FX, the slightly smaller six-cylinder is rated at 303 hp (down just a few horses from the sedan's rating of 306 hp). The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 will be mated to a standard 7-speed automatic with Nissan's Adaptive Shift Control (those trick magnesium paddle shifters are optional).

Like the outgoing FX35 it replaces, the 2009 model will be available in two versions: FX35 and FX35 AWD. The all-wheel-drive model is equipped with Nissan's ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) AWD system, which is standard on the FX50. According to Infiniti, the new 2009 FX goes on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada beginning in June 2008. Thanks for the heads-up Brad!


[Source: Nissan North America]



PRESS RELEASE

At a glance: 2009 FX50 and FX35

The all-new, second-generation Infiniti FX is a radical expression of sport and utility – offering exceptional levels of power, refinement and driving exhilaration. Created as a fusion of luxury, performance and SUV utility, with head-turning styling and an advanced sporty platform, the new FX is a showcase of Infiniti's design and technology leadership.

Along with an aerodynamic, rigid yet lightweight body structure and sporty FM platform, the new FX features a extensive list of available equipment and technology designed to create an exhilarating and rewarding driving experience, including a choice of a new 390-horsepower 5.0-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event & Lift) or 303-horsepower 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6. Each engine is paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and available solid magnesium paddle shifters. The new FX is also offered with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)®, Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 21-inch super lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels designed by Enkei.

Inside, the new FX interior provides a warm, modern, inviting environment highlighted by a driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls, available sport seating and advanced audio, navigation and technology ranging from an 11-speaker Bose®-developed audio system to Infiniti Intelligent Key, available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range) and available Around View Monitor system.

The new FX offers two industry-first safety technologies: Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), which provides forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking; Distance Control Assist (DCA), which reduces the burden of driving in heavy traffic by intuitively helping to release the throttle and apply the brakes to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. Also available is a Lane Departure Warning/Lane Departure Prevention system, which helps keep the vehicle in its travel lane.

The all-new FX will be available in three models: FX50 AWD with 5.0-liter V8, FX35 AWD with 3.5-liter V6 and FX35 RWD with 3.5-liter V6. The new 2009 FX goes on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada beginning in June 2008.

Highlights of the 2009 Infiniti FX include:

Body
  • A fusion of luxury, performance and SUV utility, with short front and rear overhangs, low center of gravity, aggressive stance and available 21-inch wheels and tires
  • Polished, assertive styling, featuring a dark chrome grille, double wave hood, strong front-to-rear shoulder line, integrated rear spoiler, power sliding moonroof
  • Available Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)
  • Standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional projector headlights with automatic-on feature, integrated fog lights; aerodynamically designed rear LED taillights
  • New, distinctive functional side air vents, which reduce front end lift by five percent
  • Lightweight aluminum-alloy hood and doors
  • Chrome window moldings and door handles; available aluminum roof rails
  • Power folding, heated body-colored power adjustable outside sideview mirrors with puddle lamps and available reverse synchronization
  • Speed-sensitive windshield wipers with new aerodynamic flat blade wiper design, low-profile wiper arms; available rain-sensing function
  • Dual outlet exhaust with tailpipe finishers
  • Scratch Shield paint (self-healing clearcoat paint finish)
  • Offered in eight exterior colors
  • 0.35 coefficient of drag (FX35)
Engine, Driveline and Platform
  • Front engine/rear-wheel drive (FX35 RWD) or all-wheel drive (FX50 AWD, FX35 AWD)
  • VK50VE 32-valve 5.0-liter DOHC V8 with advanced Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL) valve control technology, producing 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque (FX50)
  • VQ35HR 24-valve 3.5-liter DOHC V6, producing 303-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque (FX35)
  • New 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and Downshift Rev Matching
  • Available solid magnesium paddle shifters
  • ATTESA E-TS™ (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) AWD system (FX50 AWD, FX35 AWD)
  • Snow-Mode function (shifts throttle input algorithm in low-speed slippery road conditions once activated by driver for enhanced traction)
  • Built on Infiniti's FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, specially designed and configured for use on FX
  • Front-to-rear weight distribution: FX50 AWD 54/46, FX35 AWD 53/47, FX35 RWD 52/48
Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • Refined 4-wheel independent suspension with front double-wishbone and rear multi-link designs, extensive use of lightweight aluminum components, lightweight compact steel rear subframe
  • Dual Flow Path™ shock absorbers with rebound springs
  • Available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)® with driver-selectable "Auto" and "Sport" settings (FX50 Sport Package)
  • Large diameter front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Power-assisted twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
  • Available Rear Active Steer for increased responsiveness and handling (FX50 Sport Package)
  • 4-wheel power-assisted vented brakes; 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Brake Assist (BA), available Preview Braking
  • Aluminum-alloy 4-piston front/2-piston rear (opposed piston) calipers (FX50)
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range)
  • Standard painted silver 18-inch split-5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/60R18 all-season tires (FX35)
  • Available metallic finish 20-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/50R20 all-season tires (FX35)
  • Super-lightweight 9.5Jx21 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels designed by Enkei with 265/45R21 all-season tires or available W-rated high-performance summer tires (FX50)
Interior Features
  • Cockpit-like styling with standard leather-appointed seating
  • Available quilted leather-appointed seating
  • Personalized driver and passenger comfort zones with dual-zone front climate control HVAC system
  • Superior ingress and egress with low step-in height and easy-access seat height
  • Power-adjustable 10-way driver's seat, available manual thigh support with power bolster adjustment
  • Available 2-Position Driver's Memory Seat system (standard on FX50)
  • 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, available manual thigh support
  • Automatic driving position system – coordinates steering wheel and mirror position as seat is adjusted
  • Available climate-controlled heating and cooling front seats (standard FX50, optional FX35)
  • Three-spoke, perforated leather-wrapped, sport-style steering wheel with integrated cruise control and audio controls, available power tilt/telescope feature (standard on FX50)
  • Manually reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-point sequential Welcome Lighting system
  • White/violet Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
  • Standard 7.0-inch (FX35) or 8.0-inch (FX50) color information display
  • Signature Infiniti analog clock
  • Available aluminum pedals (standard FX50, optional FX35)
  • Genuine hand-stained Maple wood and piano black trim (standard on FX50, optional on FX35)
  • Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster™ ionizer
  • Auto up/down front windows, available auto up/down rear windows
  • Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
  • 11-speaker Bose® Premium audio system with 6-disc CD changer, Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter (DAC), mp3-CD playback, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel audio controls
  • Infiniti Hard Drive (HDD) Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately), 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive with Interface System for iPod®, Compact Flash slot and Voice Recognition system
  • XM® Satellite Radio (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately)
  • Standard RearView Monitor
  • Available innovative Around View Monitor system with front, side and rear-mounted cameras to help reduce blind spots when parking
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System (standard on FX50)
  • Available solid-construction cargo area cover, cargo net (standard on FX50)
  • Four 12-volt power points, dual front and rear cupholders, locking glove compartment
  • Available Infiniti DVD Mobile Entertainment System, 9.0-inch flip-down console-mounted rear monitor, DVD player mounted in front center console, two wireless headphones, remote control
  • Three available interior colors: Wheat, Graphite, Java

Safety and Security
  • Available Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning
  • Available Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system
  • Available Distance Control Assist (DCA)
  • Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
  • Dual-stage front supplemental air bags with passenger seat occupant classification system and seat belt sensor
  • Seat-mounted side-impact air bags and roof-mounted curtain air bags for enhanced outboard seat occupant head protection
  • 3-point front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters; ALR/ELR in all passenger seating positions (driver ELR only)
  • Available Pre-Crash Seat Belts
  • Seat belt reminder system (front)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system in rear outboard seating positions, (upper tether for all rear seating positions)
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • Child safety rear door locks and power window lock-out button
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • First aid kit and tool kit
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System and Vehicle Security System
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), cancel switch

Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in three well-equipped models: FX50 AWD, FX35 AWD and FX35 RWD
  • Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in Tochigi, Japan


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ya know, when the current FX came out 5 years ago, everyone either loved or hated it, and this will be just the same.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is going on a Nissan. It looked like they were getting ready to get back in the game but man their stylists are off the rocker.

      It looks like they told thier designers to make weird headlamps that do not match the car just for the sake of doing so. First the Maxima and now this.

      I weep for the 370Z. Those spy pics with the L shaped lamps are probably the final design. Nissan better get with it quick or they are going to see thier sales evaporate.
      Ben K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It might be a little less ugly. Reminds me of a big mouth Bass, maybe the fish will appreciate the resemblance. another desperate restyling attempt. The Murano is alot less money and is easier on the eyes. Infiniti is a joke! Mr. Ghosn needs to get with the program.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Ben K.
        They completely ruined the most gorgeous and unique vehicle on the road. I bought an FX 3 years ago because I simply had to have it. I am just disgusted and saddened by this redesign. The original was envisioned by Infiniti to be the "bionic cheetah" (which I could see - always looked like a panther to me). This new one looks like a cartoon dog; a snarling charicature of its former self.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I generally like something about every car, but man, that is one monkey butt ugly car. It was not the nicest looking car to start with but they managed to really up the ugly factor. WTF were they thinking????
      • 6 Years Ago
      why arentt this new fx or the new maxima comign with the 3.7 vq? what's up with that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The VQ37 is just a stroked VQ35HR + VVEL.
        Unfortunately Nissan gave up too much torque for power.
        VQ37 270ft-lbs@5200 vs VQ35HR 268ftlbs@4800.

        Does Nissan have a transverse VQ35HR yet?

        It doesn't matter that the FX doesn't have the VQ37.
        If you want more power, order the V8.

        Now the EX should get the VQ37. If you aren't going to be practical, you should be fast [Kind of the inverse of 'If they don't find you handsome, they should find you handy']
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Z fanboys would have had a conniption fit if the 3.7 hit the showrooms in a crossover before the Z car. The Maxima is a long way off from stepping up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it actually. At least it doesn't look like a BMW knockoff.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the gearing of the FX35 4x2 is too tall, the FX50 is too short.
      The FX35 4x4 is just right.


      and if the 18" wheels are 8" wide, shouldn't the 20" wheels be 8.5 or 9"? The 21" are 9.5"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just another ghetto fabulous infiniti.
      Honestly one would think they learned with the g35 that less is more sometimes, because the g35 is the only thing infiniti has ever done right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd totally disagree with that one. The current M series cars are excellent,the original G20 was well-loved, spunky compact and the original Q45 had an individual style, panache and driving dynamics that didn't gel with the Buick LS400 buyers. Of course they have had their clunkers: M30, later Q's, I series, but not all is horrible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know what to think about this car. First off, I really like the outgoing FX model for it's vicious styling and that it looked like a crocodile.
      This is....I'm really not sure. It doesn't look bad, but it doesn't look great either. I'm sure it drives well and all but it has no allure. This has no aura, which isn't anyones fault.

      I'm OK with this car, but it just doesn't cut the mark for me.
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