In my opinion, Infiniti was enjoying a renaissance of sorts in the early 2000s. There were the M45 and the Q45, which were big, desirable, reasonably priced rear-wheel-drive sedans with big V8 engines. There was the G35 sedan and coupe, which were doing incredibly well with the public and with the press. And there was an excellent SUV: the FX.
The Infiniti FX debuted for the 2003 model year, and I enjoyed basically everything about it when it first came out. For one, it was a relatively compact SUV that was sized just right for fun, excitement and performance, and that’s exactly how it was pitched: while rival brand Lexus was making the staid, dull RX, the Infiniti FX was the one you got if you wanted something thrilling and cool.
And Infiniti backed up that "thrilling" pitch in many important ways. For one, the FX looked daring: while other luxury SUVs were conservatively styled and relatively simple, the FX had a more aggressive, bolder look which no rival could really touch. One could argue it was the first "coupe SUV" before there really was a "coupe SUV" like the BMW X6 or the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
Then there was the drivetrain: the base-level FX used a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower, which was a bigger power figure than many rivals had in their optional engines. Then the FX offered an available 4.5-liter V8 with 315 hp, which was unheard of for this segment — a figure that transformed the FX into a real sport SUV. Another benefit was the fact that the FX was rear-wheel drive (with optional all-wheel drive), adding to its sporty credentials. These days, you can still find some FX45 models listed for sale on Autotrader, though the numbers are dwindling.
There was more, too — like the fact that you could get the FX in an unusual copper color with a bright orange interior that was far more daring than anything you could get in a rival. And the sound, which was very expressive for a luxury SUV. It all added up to an impressive package, and the first-generation FX really was a special vehicle.
Unfortunately, the magic of the original FX didn’t last: it was left to languish on the market without major updates, eventually becoming the QX70 — and then that was recently canceled in favor of the more traditional QX50, which just went on sale. But I still remember — and appreciate — the excitement and thrill of the original Infiniti FX. Find an Infiniti FX for sale