Infiniti’s comfortable and stylish crossover vehicle continues for 2006 with only minor changes. The FX35 comes powered by a sufficiently peppy 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, while the FX45 ups the ante with a 315-horsepower 4.5-liter V-8 engine and added features. Both powerplants come mated to a five-speed automatic with manual shifting capability, with both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions available. Four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, and 18-inch wheels and tires are all included on the FX35; the FX45 adds large 20-inch rims and rubber. For 2006, the FX gets an exterior facelift with new grille, bumper, wheel designs, and three new exterior colors, Liquid Platinum, Serengeti Sand, and Orange. Inside, there’s a new center console and updated gauges, with a newly available Wheat color scheme. Revised suspension tuning includes new shock absorbers, and the vehicle rides on redesigned wheels. In addition, all FX models add a 300-watt Bose audio system, RearView Monitor, driver’s seat memory, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel, and an Advanced Air Bag System as standard equipment. The FX35 further adds leather seating surfaces with heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, a ten-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and eight-way power passenger’s seat. What’s more, the FX45 adds last year’s Premium Package contents (sunroof, automatic headlamps, roof rails, cargo net and cover, and garage door opener), keyless Intelligent Key system, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone as standard features.
2003 Infiniti FX45 by Bengt Halvorson (1/24/2003)
Finally, the premium SUV buyers really want?
Infiniti’s mid-size G35 comes as either a two-door performance coupe or a sporty sedan that comes with rear- or all-wheel drive, both offering ample luxury, distinctive styling, and exhilarating performance. Coupes share platforms with the Nissan 350Z, but unlike the Z, include a small back seat. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine generates 277 horsepower in the sedan, while it’s rated at 280 horsepower in the base coupe. A two-door Sport version is fitted with a higher-output V-6 that boasts 295 horses. A five-speed automatic gearbox is standard, with a six-speed manual transmission also available. The G35x adds all-wheel-drive for added grip on slick surfaces while still maintaining a sporty demeanor — its torque split favors the rear wheels unless extra traction is needed — and is available only with the five-speed automatic. Front side and head curtain airbags, traction control, and Vehicle Dynamic Control are standard. For 2006, the sedan adds an available Bluetooth hands-free phone. The coupe, meanwhile, is freshened with revised taillamps and an aluminum trim ring added to the door panel speakers. A Sport-Tuned Suspension Package adds a unique front fascia and side sills and new optional rear spoiler, while a new Premium Package adds Intelligent Key, a Bluetooth hands-free phone, and driver’s seat and steering wheel memory plus automatic entry/exit assist. Rear Active Steer, vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering, and a 15.1:1 steering gear ratio are newly available on the coupe. Both versions add standard xenon headlamps and a new exterior color, Liquid Platinum.