If you’re looking for a luxury crossover vehicle that caters to both drivers and passengers, it’s hard to ignore Infiniti’s FX series. Like the 2011 BMW X3, the Infiniti FX models manage to blend comfort with driving dynamics that make them entertaining to pilot. The styling may be somewhat controversial, but sales have been stable since the second generation models were introduced in 2009. For Infiniti, updating the FX models for 2012 must be done with care; there’s a delicate balance between too few changes in a mid-cycle refresh and too many.
The big news in Infiniti’s FX line is the introduction of the 2012 FX35 AWD Limited Edition, which includes unique Iridium Blue paint, 21-inch turbine style wheels, a navigation system and Infiniti’s Around View monitor system.
For 2012, all Infiniti FX models get a revised front grille and a new front end that seems to borrow styling elements from Inifiniti’s Essence Concept, even though the two vehicles are completely different in execution.
There’s a new exterior color, Graphite Shadow, to replace the outgoing Platinum Graphite although we’re pretty sure that both could just be called “dark gray.” Specific packages get updates, too: the FX35 Deluxe Touring Package gets a new 20-inch wheel design, and the FX50 Sport Package now includes adaptive headlights.
Inside, all 2012 Infiniti FX models get revised instrument lighting and standard heated front seats. The quilted leather, climate-controlled seats from the FX35 Premium Package are now included as part of the FX35 Deluxe Touring Package, which means that buyers get more content for the same money.
Prices for 2012 Infiniti FX models haven’t been set, but dealers are expecting the new models to arrive in October. We’ll update you with pricing closer to launch.
[Infiniti, via Motor Authority]