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2009 INFINITI FX50

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EngineEngine 5.0LV-8
MPGMPG 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 FX50 Overview

Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD Infiniti's FX first arrived on the scene in 2003. At the time, it looked like something transported into the showroom directly from the auto show concept car turntable. While other manufacturers were delivering boxy SUVs, Infiniti presented the world a futuristic four-door crossover that was available in vibrant "Liquid Copper" paint. Even in bland white, the FX turned every head on the road – and rightfully so. Now in its second-generation, the all-new 2009 FX arrives with a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a new 7-speed automatic and a mouthful of electronic driving aids that are sure to stump even the team at Engadget. Is the all-new FX a worthy replacement to its predecessor? Has it turned soft to please the luxury crowd? What's up with all of that gadgetry? Find out after the jump. %Gallery-39968% All photos Copyright ©2008 Michael C. Harley / Weblogs, Inc. With the styling of the first-gen Infiniti FX now looking rather bland among the sea of copycat CUVs, the all-new 2009 model was designed with an aggressive pen. Although the new model is only fractionally different dimensionally, the hood appears longer and the greenhouse shorter. The fenders are bulged, the door handles tapered and the headlights scalloped. The new side "gills" and thickened C-pillars add visual length and character to the sides. With its own semi-radical styling (and an injection of Infiniti-family resemblance), the FX is an interesting study that isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea. Appearance aside, we were much more concerned with the driving dynamics of our Infiniti flagship. Yes, with the loss of the Q45 several years ago and the inability of the QX56 to step up to the plate, the FX50 AWD is the new flagship in both technology and price. Our "Blue Slate" over "Graphite" 2009 FX50 AWD stickered at $65,015 including destination charges (before you go look, a loaded 2009 QX56 arrives at around $62,000). Those with thinner wallets will likely opt for the much more reasonably priced FX35 AWD or FX35 RWD (starting at $42,150). Those two vehicles are essentially the same, except for fewer options and a smaller – but very capable – 3.5-liter V6 (VQ35HR) rated at 303 hp. While the previous-generation FX45 wasn't a slouch by even sports car standards, Infiniti cranked up the volume on the 2009 FX50 model. The FM-platform crossover features an all-new 5.0-liter V8 (VK50VE) rated at 390 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Even with extensive use of aluminum and lightweight materials throughout, the new FX50 tips the scales nearly 100 pounds heavier (now 4,575 pounds) than its predecessor. Even so, the extra power and a 7-speed automatic transmission help the ATTESA E-TS AWD system claw its mass to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. (The EPA rates the 2009 FX50 AWD at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. On our initial stop, we pumped 16.18 gallons of premium unleaded gas into the tank after just 251.2 …
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2009 FX50 Overview

Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD Infiniti's FX first arrived on the scene in 2003. At the time, it looked like something transported into the showroom directly from the auto show concept car turntable. While other manufacturers were delivering boxy SUVs, Infiniti presented the world a futuristic four-door crossover that was available in vibrant "Liquid Copper" paint. Even in bland white, the FX turned every head on the road – and rightfully so. Now in its second-generation, the all-new 2009 FX arrives with a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a new 7-speed automatic and a mouthful of electronic driving aids that are sure to stump even the team at Engadget. Is the all-new FX a worthy replacement to its predecessor? Has it turned soft to please the luxury crowd? What's up with all of that gadgetry? Find out after the jump. %Gallery-39968% All photos Copyright ©2008 Michael C. Harley / Weblogs, Inc. With the styling of the first-gen Infiniti FX now looking rather bland among the sea of copycat CUVs, the all-new 2009 model was designed with an aggressive pen. Although the new model is only fractionally different dimensionally, the hood appears longer and the greenhouse shorter. The fenders are bulged, the door handles tapered and the headlights scalloped. The new side "gills" and thickened C-pillars add visual length and character to the sides. With its own semi-radical styling (and an injection of Infiniti-family resemblance), the FX is an interesting study that isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea. Appearance aside, we were much more concerned with the driving dynamics of our Infiniti flagship. Yes, with the loss of the Q45 several years ago and the inability of the QX56 to step up to the plate, the FX50 AWD is the new flagship in both technology and price. Our "Blue Slate" over "Graphite" 2009 FX50 AWD stickered at $65,015 including destination charges (before you go look, a loaded 2009 QX56 arrives at around $62,000). Those with thinner wallets will likely opt for the much more reasonably priced FX35 AWD or FX35 RWD (starting at $42,150). Those two vehicles are essentially the same, except for fewer options and a smaller – but very capable – 3.5-liter V6 (VQ35HR) rated at 303 hp. While the previous-generation FX45 wasn't a slouch by even sports car standards, Infiniti cranked up the volume on the 2009 FX50 model. The FM-platform crossover features an all-new 5.0-liter V8 (VK50VE) rated at 390 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Even with extensive use of aluminum and lightweight materials throughout, the new FX50 tips the scales nearly 100 pounds heavier (now 4,575 pounds) than its predecessor. Even so, the extra power and a 7-speed automatic transmission help the ATTESA E-TS AWD system claw its mass to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. (The EPA rates the 2009 FX50 AWD at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. On our initial stop, we pumped 16.18 gallons of premium unleaded gas into the tank after just 251.2 …Hide Full Review