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Infiniti FX45 Infiniti FX35

For a short while I thought the FX45 might be my only choice for my next car with the XC90 T6 a distant second (probably more utility but less sporty/fun to drive). Now it looks like Cadillac will have a real contender in this new market segment, the SRX (with a supercharged V8). I just wish I didn't have to wait a whole year for a test drive.
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  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    I, too, bought the FX as our family vehicle. And my wife and I felt that the sport suspension would be too jarring for our toddlers. I didn't want to see their heads bobbing up and down all the time.

    My wife and I testdrove a Premium and Sport FX35 back to back before we purchased our Premium. Both of us felt that the ride in the Premium was sporty enough without being too harsh. Our FX35 handles very well and doesn't seem to give up a lot compared to the Sport.

    The only draw for the Sport, to us, is the 20" wheels. Since there aren't any FX's equipped as such, i.e. Regular Suspension with 20" wheels, I can't say how that configuration would feel. The sport suspension was OK for me, if the FX would be my personal vehicle.

    Regarding resale value, there might be a slight difference between the two. But as Jbaumgart mentioned, the Premium might appeal to a broader audience. And I think there will be less Premium-equipped vehicles built since most of the FX's will have the Sport Package.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    I like to see competition espically with Lexus and MB. I cant wait to get my hands on one.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    If Infiniti offers a stick with this car I may need to up grade soon. Looking forward seeing the FX45 this weekend at the Chicago auto show.
  • jimxo: Did you see the FX45 at the Auto Show? Tell us about it. The website makes no mention of 6sp manual - only shows 5sp A/T.

    Is it an SUV or a Station Wagon or something else?
  • IMO, it wasn't that impressive. It's being labeled a "bionic cheetah" but it's a tall,short wagon. However this tall wagon doesn't have much cargo room, seems uncomfortably proportioned WRT body pieces, lights, front end and greenhouse.

    The interior is attractive for the 4 passengers that could fit into it. Let's just hope that their only going to dinner not overnite. Granted we weren't allowed into the vehicle so this is just from observations. However, it didn't seem to have a great deal of room except for passengers.

    There are parts of the PR that really appealed to me in how it's a combination of all of the best parts of sports car and SUV. With 2 kids and a wife that like to go on weekend trips I'm looking at more SUV and less sports car. I'll have to wait for the MB GST. Hope this helps, good luck to you.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Yes I sat through the briefing. The exterior is about 93% complete. So what you see is what you will get besides trim molding and mud flaps. The interior is only about 60% complete so what you see with respect to the dash is not what will be in the production model. Except the Nav screen will be similar.

    I think when people see this car in other colors such as white, the car will be more cosmeticly appealing. I personally like the car, but it's still a year away. Interior room looks plentiful for 5 adults.

    This "steroid wagon" or crossover unit appears to be what consumers said they liked and would buy according to Infiniti. 300+ hp AWD and 20" rims are standard, the car will be priced in the low 40's and compete directly with the next generation Lexus GS 300/400 series. FYI Lexus will roll out the new GS in Nov 2003 as a 2004 model. The GS300+ will be offered with a AWD wagon and 250 hp. No word on the GS430 yet. So wagons that are jacked up a little will be in. Infiniti's FX45 may be just what the DR. ordered.
  • infin1infin1 Posts: 16
    i will b posting messages soon on the FX45
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    here's some new information: 2003 Infiniti FX45. Be sure to check out all the new photos on page 3. And let us know what you think. Thanks for your comments.

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  • wrxfreakwrxfreak Posts: 1
    does anyone know what the MSRP for the Infinti FX45 will be?
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    Some whispers I've heard are starting at $45K, but no info on any kind of option packages or features. We probably won't hear anything more until Late Fall since debut is expected Jan 03.
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    I recently read at Freshalloy.com that the FX45 may come out with two engine options. The V8 currently in the concept model with 300+ hp and a smaller V6 version with 270hp.

    The V6 would probably go for about $5-7K less in MSRP. At least I hope so....
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    The focus group I attended one year ago had the FX45 along with an RX 300, ML 320 and X5 3.0. The sign in front of the FX45 (it actually had no name) said to imagine the vehicle had a 3.5 V6 for comparison purposes with the other vehicles in the room.
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    So it seems the V6 option might be true in the FX45. What amazes me is that they are saying both engines would be available at the same time.

    This would make a tough choice if gas mileage and pricing were close between the two.
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    Nice article on the new FX45 in Autoweek.com with a couple of pics.


    http://autoweek.com/


    Check out their "Car News" link for the article, they seem to like what they see.

  • I caught a quick glimpse of an orange one in front of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I think they were doing a shoot.
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    It very well could have been a photo shoot as www.infiniti.com has now updated their future vehicles section with the latest on the FX45.

    Looks really impressive with 300+ hp, V8, Intelligent key memory, 20" wheels, AWD, DVD & navi.

    Coming 1/6/03.
  • a6wagona6wagon Posts: 19
    I am a current BMW X5 4.4i owner waiting with baited breath on the FX45. I thought the Volvo would do the trick, but after driving one of the best V8s on the planet for more than two years, I only want to go up in horsepower. To go up with BMW means a whole lot of dough. Infiniti is offering a wonderful alternative which should be awesome!! Check out these pics too!


    http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=5438&sid=178&n=156

  • mvargo1mvargo1 Posts: 298
    The car will be hot.

    There will be more than one engine choice.

    20" Factory Wheels will be available and possibly standard.

    The car will like other Infiniti's offer more features, more performance, and a better price than anything remotely competitive
  • Saw an fx45 in Oakland. Thought it was the Cayenne at first, then I saw the Infiniti logo on the back. It was being rigged with some sort of camera mount on the front. It had aboslutely HUGE wheels (20 inch at least) and looked great. Truth be told, I had never seriously considered this car, but seeing it in person has changed my opinion of it. It really is a powerful, sleek looking vehicle.
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    Still haven't seen any interior pics, only the brick colored leather from the concept car. Don't think that would be the standard in the production model.
  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    Fresh Alloy boards have the latest info on the FX45 from Infiniti.


    http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=FX45

    I don't think anything is official yet maybe that's why Edmunds hasn't updated info in the future vehicles section. So far things look interesting for the FX45.

  • WOW...with all the traffic on this topic it seems as though the FX will be a flop...what do you guys think?? Just look at the threads of the Murano/RX330/XC90 heck even the 3 year old MDX - they get a LOT more traffic!! I wonder if infiniti/nissan monitiors these threads to see what's the buzz?? I don't mean to hate...I like the vehicle on paper...but IMO the looks aren't the greatest, plus the resale on infiniti kind of scares me off. Just curious but how hard do you think it would be to get one for invoice on January 6th?? :)
  • I'd say the only way you'll ever buy it at invoice on Jan. 6th is IF it's a total flop. Typically at introduction vehicles are sold at MSRP or very close to it, until the supply catches up with demand. Early adopters usually pay more in order to be one of the first ones to drive a new model. I agree that the looks of the FX45 aren't its strong suit, at least for the more traditional buyer. It'll be a niche vehicle, much like my current car (Audi allroad) which I appreciate 'cause you don't see many others on the road.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    I agree that the forum traffic seems low for a vehicle that is a month from introduction. Perhaps it is due to the incredible number of new competitors: Aviator, XC90, RX330, Murano, SRX, 4Runner, GX470, and Pacifica come to mind. Is there enough business out there for all of these guys? Overhanging all of this is the cult favorite, the MDX, which is going to get a major boost in production. From a styling standpoint, the FX45 certainly stands out, but does the market want far-out styling?
  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    I was originally interested in this vehicle until I got a closer look. WAY too radical for me. I ended up getting a leftover '02 allroad at dealer cost. Great car, handsomely styled and well appointed.
  • ALRITE I JUST TALKED TO MY INFINITI INSIDER AND THE FX35 IS SUPPOSED TO START AT 37,000 AND FULLY LOADED AT 44,500 WITH SPORT, PREMIUM AND TECH THEY WILL ARRIVE MID JANUARY
  • THE FX35 WILL AVILABLE MID JANUARY FOR A BASE PRICE OF 37,000 AND A FULLY LOADED TESTESTED PRICE OF ABOUT 44,500 IT HAS 280 HP AND 270 LB FT OF TORQUE THE FX45 WILL START AT 47,000 AND RUN TO 53,000 WITH 310 HP
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,867
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  • Does anybody know if the FX35 will come with a CVT like the Murano?
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