Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the INFINITI FX

August 7th, 2020 by
INFINITI FX45 Concept

INFINITI FX45 Concept

Even though these challenging times can make it feel like time is standing still, it only felt like yesterday when the INFINITI FX45 Concept car was unveiled 20 years ago. Ramsey INFINITI is commemorating the 20th anniversary of this iconic & influential vehicle by taking a look at its history & how it’s shaping our brand’s future.

INFINITI recently interviewed a couple of their key global design team members to discuss this model’s inspiration and how it inspires today. Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for Global Design at Nissan Motor Co, & Taisuke Nakamura, senior design director for Global INFINITI, touted the following design aspects of this concept car as innovative:

  • Straight shoulder line
  • Very long hood
  • Arching DLO (daylight opening/glass house)
  • Show car presence
  • Strong stance
  • Capsule-like cabin

INFINITI FX: A Storied History

The year 2000 first saw the INFINITI design team putting together the FX45 Concept that was unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The G Coupe was also being conceptualized at the time and the FX45 Concept brought a coupe-like design to a high-riding crossover body style to give the best of both worlds.

Interior elements like a dual-screen infotainment system & an analog clock were brought over to the V6-equipped FX35 & V8-equipped FX45 production models that both debuted in 2003. Both touted the “Bionic Cheetah” design theme that the FX45 Concept first brought forth. Some historic highlights of the first generation of these models include:

  • Lane departure warning in the 2005 models, a first of its kind
  • Exterior facelift in the 2006 models including the grille, wheel design & added colors
  • Interior redesign in the 2006 models including a new center console
INFINITI FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition

INFINITI FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition

The FX’s 2nd generation first showed up at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show with the FX35 remaining and FX45 being renamed the FX50 in honor of the model’s new 5.0L V8 engine. Some historic highlights of this version of the FX family are:

  • Shark-like sculpted headlights
  • Large trapezoidal grille
  • Stitched leather seating
  • New stained wood, piano black & matte interior finishes
  • New double-wishbone front suspension
  • Exterior facelift in 2011
  • INFINITI FX50 Sebastian Vettel Edition with exclusive features that debuted in 2012

INFINITI changed their naming structure for the 2014 model lineup and the FX became the QX70. The INFINITI QX70 Limited debuted at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and the 2017 model was the final edition of this iconic crossover.

Most recently, the INFINITI FX35 made its return in paper form thanks to Carigami. We blogged about this a couple of months back, but it’s one way that the whole family can build their own INFINITI luxury cars and SUVs through the power of origami.

How the INFINITI FX Influences the Future

Many of the features that we spoke about above can still be seen in the current crop of new INFINITI cars & SUVs. Whether it’s a sporty yet refined design, top-notch safety or at-home comforts, the INFINITI FX family paved the way for what you’ve grown accustomed to in your vehicle within this millennium.

There will be an all-new INFINITI that will debut on Wednesday November 11th at 8:55 pm EST on social media called the QX55. The INFINITI QX55 will take these design inspirations from the FX45 Concept:

  • Sports coupe profile
  • Stance & versatility of a mid-size crossover SUV
  • Sleek roofline
  • Other visual elements

Not to mention innovative tech for empowering, engaging & connecting drivers to the road ahead. The INFINITI QX55 is set to arrive at Ramsey INFINITI in the spring of 2021. Keep in touch with us and stay tuned to this blog to see updates about this all-new luxury crossover SUV as they come out!

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