After months of anticipation and build, Europe has now officially a new luxurious alternative to the ubiquitous German marks. Infiniti already have released details of their upcoming G37 coupe and sedan with their small cross, the EX37. These vehicles were warmly received by the European press often critical.
Infiniti are deadly serious about Europe and who would doubt their future success with Carlos Ghosn at the helm. Mr. Ghosn is highly revered driving within the circles with the ailing car giant Nissan from the brink of bankruptcy and nursing Renault to success. Mr. Ghosn to take place tonight (04/March/08) as part of the event at the Geneva Motor Show to present Infiniti line up in Europe, but more importantly, the worldwide introduction of Infiniti’s very special model, the FX.
The second-generation FX gains a new 5.0L V8, and a 7-speed automatic transmission, the new flagship FX50. This facility replaces the 4.5L V8 and 5-speed automatic set of the earlier car. The VK50VE V8 produces a considerable 390hp and 500Nm of torque and 7-speed automatic, ASC (Adaptive Shift Control), a throttle blip on downshifts.
All this power is by Infiniti’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, called ATTESA E-TS with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and traction control (TCS). Although Infiniti FX’s always been among the leaders of the pack in terms of performance, it is the styling, is truly remarkable and has always differentiated him from his opponents.
The first generation was FX concept car stuff when first released and still is a silhouette that is unique. Perhaps it is fortunate that Infiniti designers have the general shape of the original vehicle. The styling is best described as dramatic, and is certainly some groups polarize, but it is definitely unique and receive many admirers. The exterior is finished with some big 21-inch alloys.
“After a 20-year journey, we believe Infiniti is ready … with a fresh, distinctive choice for the Europe of the most demanding customers,” said Mr. Ghosn.
The new Infiniti FX50 will be in North America in June 2008 and in European markets starting in October 2008. Two comprehensive press releases follow.