Infiniti FX45 Concept

From Infiniti press: Infiniti has a tradition of bringing new dimensions to existing model segments: the original Q45 brought a new level of performance to the large luxury car market, G20 added a taste of sport and luxury to small cars, and QX4 brought a new dimension of luxury to the luxury SUV market, even before that segment truly existed.

Enter the FX45 vehicle, a new type of Infiniti concept created to take on the rapidly expanding "Crossover Luxury" SUV market. The FX45 vehicle features V8 power, all-wheel drive, exceptional performance and distinct interior and exterior appointments. The FX45 made its debut at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"We started with a blank piece of paper and asked the question, ‘What kind of vehicle do we want to drive?’" said Tom Orbe, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division. "The result was the FX45 — a sports car driver’s vehicle first with the practicality of an SUV second."

The FX45 owner could use it as a primary vehicle, after owning and outgrowing a traditional sports car, or relegating the sports car to weekend-only use. "They still want true sports car performance, but need room for family and all of life’s other necessities," said Orbe. "This buyer also operates right on the cutting edge and will want the latest and greatest vehicle available."

The low-slung FX45 vehicle combines the best sport utility vehicle qualities, including optimized space utilization, four full-size doors for passenger entry and a large rear hatch for cargo with sports car styling — a low slung, wide stance and huge wheels and tires. The split tailgate features a slide-out load floor for ease of cargo loading. A large, Infiniti-style grille gives the front end a substantial, sleek look. The roof of the FX45 is made of glass, for an open-air feel, but with automatic shades for passenger comfort. The rear tailgate opens in two pieces — the glass hatch swivels upwards, the lower gate swivels downwards.

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