What is it?
Infiniti’s answer to the BMW X5. This is the second generation FX, but the first to come to the UK. The range-topping FX50 comes with a new 5.0-litre V8 engine with 390bhp and a standard seven-speed automatic transmission. Lesser petrol powerplants, and even a diesel, will also be offered here.
The original FX was a big hit in America, which will continue to be the dominant market for this version. That means evolutionary design changes, although some ‘LA-style’ bling also comes along for the ride, including the large side vents set behind the front wheelarches.
What’s it like?
Despite its size and dimensions, the FX50 sounds more like a classic American hot rod than a two-tonne SUV: the V8 motor is far louder than you would expect from a car like this. Performance is predictably strong, Nissan claims that the 0-60 mph dash takes just 5.3 seconds, and the paddle-shift over-ride for the automatic transmission is quick and responsive – it even blips the throttle on downshifts.
You can throw the FX into corners and it grips with enthusiasm. It’s no rival for the BMW X6, but it’s a pretty tidy handler, too.