Infiniti QX70 (2013–2017)
- September 2009
- February 2010
- July 2010
- April 2011
- April 2012: FX’s first makeover since UK sales began
- December 2012
The FX went on sale in the UK following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009. Three versions were initially available, the FX37 GT, the FX37S and the FX50S. Compared to the original, which wasn't sold in Europe, the front wheels of the new generation FX have been moved 35mm further forward and the front track has been widened by 50 millimeters - providing a more pronounced performance stance.
Distinctive side air vents have been added behind the front wheels. The vents are functional, allowing air to flow from inside the engine compartment to outside the vehicle, reducing high under-bonnet air pressure. The vents reduce front end lift by five percent for improved high speed stability. At the rear, the FX's simple, bold appearance features LED taillights that extend beyond the body to help create aerodynamic down force and large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.
The Infiniti FX's sporty interior is designed to combine a driver-oriented cockpit/command centre with a warm, modern, comfortable passenger environment - all wrapped in rich, natural materials. The high-tech interior design includes an Infiniti signature ‘double-wave' instrument panel and white-and-violet electroluminescent gauges. The FX comes with a new front seat design offering power adjustment on both seats. Covered in a special quilted leather pattern, the front seats are also heated and ventilated for both driver and passenger.
At the heart of the FX50S lies a brand new engine which makes it debut on this model - an advanced 5.0-litre V8 that is mounted low in the chassis to help lower the FX50's centre of gravity. The goals for the development of the FX50S's V8 started with outstanding power output - 390bhp and 500 Nm of torque - a high rev limit, a powerful engine sound from a specially tuned exhaust and improved fuel economy. Performance is quick: the top speed is limited to 155 mph, with 0-62 mph taking just 5.8 seconds. Over the combined cycle, the FX50 averages 21.7 mpg and produces 310g/km of CO2.
As the name suggests, the FX37 variants are powered by the new 3.7-litre version of Nissan's VQ engine family also found in the EX37 and G37 models. Regularly honoured in independent awards the world over, the twin cam 24 valve V6 produces 320bhp and an impressive 360Nm of torque at 5200 rpm. It gives the FX37 a top speed of 145 mph with 0-62 mph taking 6.8 seconds. Fuel economy over the combined cycle is 23.5 mpg while the CO2 figure is 284g/km.
Standard on all FX versions is Infiniti's new seven-speed automatic gearbox with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). With its additional forward gear, the new transmission has a wider spread of ratios which benefits both fuel consumption and drivability. The seventh speed is effectively an overdrive ratio, returning improved fuel economy on a steady throttle without compromising in-gear flexibility for overtaking. The standard magnesium paddle shifter enable drivers to shift the transmission without releasing their hands from the steering wheel, helping maintain stability for the driver when accelerating or decelerating on winding roads.
FX50S and FX37S suspension feature standard active Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system with special electronically controlled shock absorbers. Unlike conventional fixed damping force shock absorbers, suspension with active CDC takes the input from a variety of sensors and continuously alters the damping of the dampers to provide optimal ride and handling. The system features a driver-selectable switch with two settings - Auto and Sport - allowing the driver to control the valving levels.
FX50S's standard Rear Active Steer system is the first of its kind available in an SUV. Unlike passive rear steering systems, this design features precise, electronic motor-driven control to turn the rear wheels up to one degree, helping generate a nimble steering response at low speeds and enhance stability at high speeds. Rear Active Steer moves the FX50S's rear wheels in accordance with steering input and vehicle speed, rather than passively following the front wheels. The result is a vehicle that is able to change direction with improved quickness, precision and stability.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive works with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and the Limited-Slip Differential, constantly shifting torque as FX encounter changes in the road conditions when, within milliseconds, it will apportion power to the wheels with the most grip. The system is most active off the highway. As FX navigates snow, sand or mud, power is continuously apportioned to the wheel or wheels with the best traction.
Like all Infiniti models sold in Europe, FX offers standard "Scratch Shield" paint. A special highly elastic resin has been combined with a conventional clearcoat to increase the paint's flexibility allowing the finish to exhibit up to five times fewer scratches that a conventional clearcoat when exposed to the same conditions. When exposed to heat, "Scratch Shield" paint repairs fine scratches, restoring painted surfaces close to their original state.
The FX Limited Edition was launched and will pretty rare as availability has been strictly limited to just 100 units across Western Europe. Based on the already dramatic looking FX37S and FX50S, the Limited Edition features striking Black Obsidian ‘Scratch Guard' paintwork as standard, with equally distinctive Moonlight White pearl metallic available as an option. Unique 21 inch ‘Turbine' design alloy wheels are finished in dark Graphite, as are the radiator grille, air vents and roof rails.
Inside, genuine Carbon fibre is used extensively on the dashboard, centre console and door panels, replacing the standard cello flame maple wood veneer. Completing the FX Limited Edition's extensive standard specification, Infiniti's state-of-the-art Connectiviti+ technology package provides a fully integrated navigation, communication and entertainment system including an 11-speaker Bose Premium Sound System, the Michelin Guide, full iPod connectivity and a 10GB music box with Gracenotes database. An option on the standard FX37S, this is joined on both the V6 and V8 engined Limited Editions by Infiniti's unique Around View Monitor.
The FX30d was launched significantly lowering CO2 emissions and fuel consumption and at prices that are virtually identical to equivalent V6 petrol models. Available in both luxury GT and more sporting S guises, the arrival of the diesel also marks the addition of new Premium specification grades with every possible feature included as standard - including the sophisticated new safety technology to help guard against collisions, available for the first time on any Infiniti in Europe.
The diesel sees fuel consumption on the combined cycle trimmed to 31.4mpg while CO2 emissions drop to 238g/km. The new engine's impressive 550Nm of pulling power is available from just 1750rpm and paired with the standard seven-speed Adaptive Shift Control automatic transmission, the greener FX goes from 0-62mph in just 8.3 seconds. But with more pulling power than even the petrol V8 of the FX50, it's the diesel's effortless overtaking pace that is set to leave the lasting impression.
The new diesel model is available in four guises, all paired by equivalent FX37 petrol models in a simplified line-up designed to reflect a Europe-wide customer preference for top-end FXs. In practice the change means more features, fewer extra-cost options and a new top grade, Premium.
Another safety bonus, for the diesel only, is the inclusion in Premium models of Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), available in Europe for the first time. Unlike rival systems which merely warn the driver when the car strays out of a designated traffic lane, Infiniti's LDP gives a warning but crucially will then take action if that warning is not heeded. Gentle brake pressure on one side of the car guides the vehicle back into the correct lane. LDP functions only above 70 km/h and is automatically over-ridden by use of the indicators. The system can also be turned off by the driver if desired.
Revised range for 2011 announced. Safer, better equipped and even more luxurious proposition for 2011. The latest FX37 and FX50 in top-selling Premium guise gain the award-winning safety technology Lane Departure Prevention (LDP). The move standardises for the first time Premium equipment levels across all three FX engines – 235bhp V6 diesel, 316bhp V6 petrol and 385bhp V8 petrol of the range’s flagship model, the FX50 S Premium.
Other enhancements include a power tailgate for the first time and new colour and trim combinations.
Previously available only on the FX30d on which the innovative safety system made its debut in 2010, Lane Departure Prevention was chosen by Euro NCAP earlier in 2011 to receive its coveted Advanced Award. Euro NCAP’s top honour goes toinnovations “which demonstrate a scientifically proven safety benefit for consumers and society.” The FX has already shown its safety credentials with a five-star Euro NCAP crash test result.
Unlike other systems, LDP backs up its audible and visual warnings of an unintended lane departure with a dynamic intervention which helps steer the vehicle back into the correct lane. From 2011MY, LDP is standard-fit on FX37 GT Premium and S Premium, and FX50 S Premium, as well as Premium versions of the FX30d.
A power tailgate standard on all models enhances the FX’s already impressive convenience and aids access to the luggage space. The height the tailgate opens to is programmable so there are no concerns when operating the door in restricted spaces. For maximum ease of use, the tailgate can be raised or lowered from a switch on the dashboard, from buttons both inside and outside the tailgate, or remotely from the I-Key.
For the first time on the FX, Infiniti’s opulent Malbec Black paint is one of the eight colours available. The popular finish, which replaces Mojave Copper on the FX colour chart, suits the FX’s SUV-cum-sports-car profile particularly well. Like all the FX colours, Malbec Black is a Scratch-shield finish, the Infiniti technology that makes fine surface scratches disappear and keeps the body looking pristine.
Technical specifications don't change which means that performance remains one of the FX’s main attributes, whether it’s the 550 Nm of torque doing the work in the diesel FX30d or the 385bhp of V8 power that can see the FX50 accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds.
|FX 30d GT||£46,805|
|FX37 GT Premium||£51,048|
|FX30d GT Premium||£51,253|
|FX37 S Premium||£53,148|
|FX30d S Premium||£53,353|
|FX50 S Premium||
FX’s first makeover since UK sales began
After four years as Infiniti’s icon and top-selling model in Europe, the Infiniti FX for 2012 is bolder and more distinctive than ever. The FX’s first makeover since UK sales began in 2009, a package of enhancements brings a new focus to its unique blend of passionate design, inspired performance and modern luxury. In short it gets more of the FX DNA that has been so popular with buyers across Europe – with sales up 31% in 2011 in a market sector down 7%.
The 2012 range comes at unchanged 2011 prices, starting from £46,750 on-the-road for the luxury FX37 GT model, and just £90 more for the V6 diesel equivalent. Also unchanged: the stirring performance, rewarding handling, award-winning technology and five-star safety and standard equipment at the heart of every FX.
More akin in appearance to a sports car than boxy crossover, the FX for 2012 boasts even more street presence than the outgoing version thanks to carefully-wrought changes to the front-end design, along with bold new colours and an exclusive new design of alloy wheel. The expressive new look has been achieved by reprofiling the bumper section and subtly changing the grille, based on a design explored by the influential 2009 Infiniti concept car, Essence.
Sporting appeal is reinforced on GT and GT Premium derivatives with a new five double-spoke design of 20-inch wheel. S versions, with the availability of Rear Active Steering (RAS) among a long list of handling-oriented features, stay with their distinctive 21-inch wheels. More choice for FX owners is offered with the latest exterior paint colour, Iridium Blue. It is Infiniti’s newest Scratch Shield finish and available exclusively on the FX. Graphite Shadow is also additionally available on all FX models.
The FX range for 2012 is made up of four grades. The FX37 GT (£46,750 OTR) is the complete luxury package powered by Infiniti’s charismatic 3.7-litre petrol V6 offering 316bhp (320PS). The entry FX30d gets all the same luxury features but with a lower CO 2 (238g/km) 3.0-litre V6 diesel of 235bhp (238PS) and impressive 550Nm of torque. Despite its high performance the FX30d GT (£46,840) is credited with 31.4mpg on the combined cycle.
S versions are more overtly sporting and come with Rear Active Steering (except FX37) and Continuous Damping Control, among other changes. They are set apart by their 21-inch alloy wheels, smoked headlights, red S badging and dark chrome exterior air vent and sill strip. The FX37 S has an on-the-road price of £48,850 and the FX30d S diesel £48,940.
Premium versions of both the GT and the S are possibly the most comprehensively equipped cars in their class. Their specification majors on technology with standard equipment including advanced navigation and entertainment systems, along with a suite of safety features such as the Euro NCAP award-winning Lane Departure Prevention. Both petrol and diesel V6s are available in Premium guise, along with the 385bhp (390PS) 5.0-litre V8 of the FX50 performance flagship, available in S Premium guise only.
Premium models, the most popular Infiniti FXs in the UK, have OTR prices as follows:
FX37 GT Premium, £51,200
FX30d GT Premium, £51,290
FX37 S Premium, £53,300
FX30d S Premium, £53,390
FX50 S Premium, £58,250
Every FX is equipped with Infiniti’s intelligent torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system as well as a 7-speed adaptive shift automatic transmission. Solid magnesium gearshift paddles on the steering wheel of every model demonstrate both the FX’s manufacturing integrity and its performance personality.
Reflecting the FX’s complete specification, there are just two options: metallic paint at £760 and a Multimedia pack comprising 30GB HDD navigation and Bose Premium Sound System at £2400 – the latter is standard on GT and S Premium models. At no extra cost, buyers can select Black Lacquer trim in lieu of the standard Cello Flame maple wood.
The 2012 range of Infiniti FX models is available at Infiniti Centres across Europe now. As announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, pre-ordering for the pinnacle of the range, the FX Vettel Version, has now begun. Just 200 of the 420PS V8 models will be availableworldwide, with first customer deliveries due in 2013. More information on the FX Vettel Version will be released soon.
Name was changed from FX to QX70 as part of the Infiniti move to simplify its range with a new naming structure.