For 2012 the Infiniti FX has a new front grille and fascia inspired,
we're told, by Infiniti's Essence Concept. There's a new FX35 Limited
Edition, built atop the FX35 all-wheel drive (AWD) platform; and new
wheel designs, a new color and a slight remixing of option packages sum
up the substantive changes for this model year.
Interior You step
up, as with
an SUV, to get into the Infiniti FX interior but, once there, driver
and passenger are enveloped by a cocoon of luxury fully appropriate to
the FX price point, and fully inappropriate to
the more conventional entries in the segment. Although not as extreme as
the exterior might suggest, the FX interior remains daring within a
competitive arena that's generally focused on a balance of design and
utility. And, although the seating area is reasonably generous, a
driver-centric cockpit and a (relatively) small amount of cargo volume
make this a more personal expression of the SUV experience. Beyond its
cubic volume is cubic technology, especially when fitted with one or two
of the optional packages. The centerpiece of the Premium Package is the
Hard Drive Navigation, which also includes Streaming Audio via
Bluetooth wireless technology and Around View Monitor with front and
rear sonar system. The Deluxe Touring Package includes maple accents and
quilted leather-appointed seats. Equip your FX50 with the Sport Package
and you'll enjoy sport-style front seats and solid magnesium paddle
a new grille and front fascia, the 2012 Infiniti FX enjoys a mid-cycle
freshening that has stayed true to the design team's original intent.
The new look is softer than the previous FX, but you'll not confuse this
Infiniti with your cousin's Nissan Rogue. Despite the new face, the
general overall proportions remain the same; sheetmetal below the
beltline is barely able to contain the wheel-and-tire package
(especially when the FX is equipped with 20-inch wheels), while topside
the greenhouse looks slightly undersized relative to the SUV's stance.
Its overall look may or not play at the neighborhood Walmart, but should
be absolutely perfect on Rodeo Drive.
Equipment Befitting both the category and
Infiniti's pack-it-with-value mantra, both the FX35 and the FX50 benefit
from a wide array of standard features. On the outside it includes High
Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, a power moonroof, power
rear liftgate, rear privacy glass and dual exhaust. Inside there's even
more, beginning with dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear-seat
heating and cooling vents, leather-appointed seating, 10-way power
driver's seat, 8-way power passenger's seat, black lacquer interior trim
and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The FX50 moves the
needle a few notches higher, with quilted-leather upholstery, advanced
climate control, tonneau cover and entry/exit assist for driver's seat
and steering wheel.
Hood The 2012 Infiniti FX35 is powered by the same
3.5-liter V6 engine as in previous models; with 303 horsepower, it's
all the FX really needs. Status and speed will lure many to the more
expensive 5.0-liter V8, which employs Infiniti's Variable Valve Event
and Lift (VVEL) technology to maximize fuel economy and performance.
Rated at 390 horsepower, the V8 provides a big increase in power over
the V6 without much difference in fuel economy. Both engines are
connected to a 7-speed automatic transmission with both manual-shift
mode and Adaptive Shift Control.