Infiniti is known as a posh brand in the US, but in Europe they have put on a more sensible face. They are now offering their cool and trendy FX crossover with a new 3.0 liter diesel engine. It is priced from £45,150 which is about the same as the V6 petrol model, and it offers the same sort of performance while being more efficient at 31.4 mpg.
This single-turbo V6 diesel unit which features piezo-injection system, develops 235 bhp and an impressive 550 Nm (406 lb ft) of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed Adaptive Shift Control automatic transmission which enables the car to go from nought to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. The CO2 emissions for this car is rated at 238 g/km.
The Infiniti FX30d is offered in two trim levels: luxury GT or sporting S.
The GT model comes standard with paddle-shift 7-speed automatic transmission, intelligent all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, bi-Xenon cornering headlights (AFS), rear view camera and parking sensors, powered front seat adjustment (with driver’s seat memory), electric reach and rake adjustment for steering wheel, glass sunroof, 20-inch light alloy wheels, I-Key with smart access, cruise control, Scratch Shield self-healing paint and a 7-speaker audio system including 6-CD changer, MP3 decoder, Aux-In and Bluetooth for mobile connectivity.
The sporty S models also get powered front sports seats, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) shock absorbers, 21-inch alloy wheels and, on the diesel S and 5.0-litre V8 petrol only, Rear Active Steering (RAS), which enhances both stability and agility. To distinguish the S, the model comes with smoked-glass headlamps and dark chrome exterior air vent and sill strip.
The standard safety features of both models include Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with full speed range, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) a well as Lane Departure Prevention (LDP). No wonder this car has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.