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Infiniti annouces prices for its first-ever diesel

Infiniti has announced pricing for diesel versions of its FX SUV model.

The new 3.0-litre V6 option - available to order now with deliveries starting in July - will start at £45,150. This FX30d will cost virtually the same as the petrol FX37.

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.At the heart of the diesel FX is a 3.0-litre V6 engine with 550 Nm (406 lb ft) of pulling power, available at just 1750rpm. Paired with the standard 7-speed Adaptive Shift Control automatic transmission, the piezo-injection engine powers the greener FX from 0-62 mph in just 8.3 seconds. But with more torque than even the petrol V8 of the FX50.

Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is trimmed to 31.4 mpg (9.0l/100km) while CO2 emissions drop to 238 g/km.he 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.

FX buyers can go in two specification directions: luxury GT or sporting S. The 2010 GT, in either FX30d diesel or FX37 petrol forms, comes fully equipped as standard with paddle-shift 7-speed automatic transmission, intelligent all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, bi-Xenon cornering headlights (AFS), rear view camera and parking sensors, powered front seat adjustment (with driver's seat memory), electric reach and rake adjustment for steering wheel, glass sunroof, 20-inch light alloy wheels, I-Key with smart access, cruise control, Scratch Shield self-healing paint and a 7-speaker audio system including 6-CD changer, MP3 decoder, Aux-In and Bluetooth for mobile connectivity.

The S derivatives ramp up the sporting appeal with powered front sports seats, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) shock absorbers, 21-inch alloy wheels and, on the diesel S and 5.0-litre V8 petrol only, Rear Active Steering (RAS), which enhances both stability and agility. To distinguish the S, the model comes with smoked-glass headlamps and dark chrome exterior air vent and sill strip.

The new Premium grade enhances both GT and S models with features which are often unavailable in rivals. Safety is a particular focus, reinforcing the FX's highest-possible five-star ranking in the EuroNCAP crash tests. Both GT Premium and S Premium versions of FX30d and FX37 are equipped with key elements of Infiniti's innovative Safety Shield technology such as Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with full speed range, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).FX Premium versions are also equipped with innovations like Around View Monitor and a 30GB hard disk drive satellite navigation system, key ingredient of Infiniti's headline Connectiviti+ information and entertainment platform. Notable for its wide ranging functionality and intuitive controls, the satnav is not just four times faster than the previous DVD-based system but includes a wide range of features and facilities, from Michelin Guide recommendations to 3D graphics, to take the stress out of journeys - and add some extra enjoyment, too.

On the music front, Premium models are equipped with a 10 GB Music Box which can store the equivalent of 300 CDs - and, as standard, a Bose® Premium Sound System on which to enjoy them.

As before the V8-powered FX50 remains the flagship. There are no changes to its specification for 2010 - virtually everything was already standard - but the model is now badged FX50 S Premium to reflect the new order.

Prices for the full range of 2010 FX models are as follows:

FX37 GT £44,950
FX30d GT £45,150

FX37 GT Premium £49,040
FX30d GT Premium £49,680

FX37 S £47,000
FX30d S £47,200

FX37 S Premium £51,090
FX30d S Premium £51,730
FX50 S Premium £56,400

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