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01 Jun 2012 | Text and Photos by Nicholas Low
Scaling Greater Heights
Infiniti's FX creation aims to put the brand in the forefront of luxury performance, coupled with unparalleled on-road presence.
Despite being down on capacity from its FX50 elder brother, the FX37 feels no less nippy. When worked, the V6 delivers wholesome grunt, with a tune of sonorous growl - nothing like the V8 but still feels the bit. The seven-speed automatic offers a good range of ratios with smooth cog shifts, working in unison with the eager powerplant to give the FX37 competent propulsion at any given situation.
In line with Infiniti's motive of creating luxurious cars that boosts strong performance, the suspension has been tweaked more towards the sporty end. As such, the FX37 feels planted on the move, even when negotiating bends at highway speeds. This does trade-off a substantial bit of cruising enjoyment, with imperfections on the road reflected in the cabin movements.
Tipping the scales at just over 2-tonne, the FX37 has looks that amplifies its size. This in turn translates into a grand cruising experience that is less intimidated by the earth-tippers and 14-wheelers.
With the FX50 commanding a higher premium and a much higher road tax, making it prohibitively expensive to own, the FX37 seems like a good compromise between costs and performance.
While the immense road presence is a priceless entity, it takes a load more attention when piloting the SUV around town, even on highways - with the local driving habits which are less lane-adhering.
Trading off a tad of everyday usability with stylish grand entry bursting from the seams - your call.