11 June 2009

FX takes on X6

Infiniti announces pricing on its luxury BMW X6 rival, set to reach our shores in September

Infiniti FX

Infiniti has announced pricing for the FX, its big luxury SUV-crossover-device set to arrive in the UK this September.

It’s not cheap, but then again it’s quite a lot of car… in every sense.

Prices will start at £42,600 for the FX37 GT, which is right on entry-level BMW X6 money. It’s powered by a 3.7-litre V6 – a close relation of the engine found in the Nissan 370Z – putting out 316bhp and 266lb ft of torque, good for a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds. Hardly tardy in a vehicle the size of the FX.

Like the G37 cabrio we saw last week, there’s plenty of kit on board, though you’ll have to pay extra if you fancy Infiniti’s amazing ‘Around View Monitor’, which uses cameras mounted at the corners of the vehicle to provide a 360-degree top-down view when parking. We’ve tried it. It’s impressive.

If you want to give the full middle-finger salute to BMW X6M drivers, you’ll need the FX50 with its 385bhp 5.0-litre V8. OK, it’s not quite into M-Division levels of power, but it will hit 62mph in 5.8 seconds and sledgehammer into the limiter at 155mph.

Oh, and cost you £53,800. Admittedly, that's with all the extras you’ll ever, and never, need.

Top Gear got an early drive in the FX a few months back, and we can report that – so long as you can see past the FX’s whale-sharkish looks – it’s an impressive car. How do you think Infiniti will fare in the UK?

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