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2001 Infiniti FX45 Concept

The 2001 Infiniti FX45 Concept, unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, aimed to make a mark in the burgeoning crossover luxury SUV market. This all-wheel-drive prototype exhibited a sporty and wide stance, accentuated by large wheels and tires. The rear design featured a unique two-piece tailgate – the glass hatch swiveled upwards, while the lower gate swiveled downwards, accompanied by a slide-out load floor for convenient cargo loading. The roof of the FX45 was made of glass with automatic shades for passenger comfort.

Externally, the FX45 displayed similarities to the Audi Steppenwolf but in a more refined design. However, the oversized 285/50 R 20 tires raised questions, especially since the concept was described as "not all-terrain, but all-weather." The vehicle was equipped with a specially tuned 4.5-liter V-8 engine generating 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque, coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The concept aimed at delivering proper driving performance, utilizing a V8 from the 2002 model year Infiniti Q45 sedan, 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting adaptability, all-wheel drive with electronic torque distribution, ventilated disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution, stability control system, and multi-link independent suspension.

In terms of comfort, being an Infiniti, the FX45 excelled, featuring four separate compartments with individual microclimates. The rear interior included a DVD video player with a gaming console and a mini-fridge. The transparent roof automatically adjusted its transparency based on external light conditions.

Despite its conceptual nature, the FX45 presented a realistic approach, as emphasized by the president of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, who stated, "This is not a dream car. This is work for progress." The concept reflected the direction of progress and innovation in the luxury SUV market during that period.

Source:; Vladimir Matveychuk, Magazine "CARS," 3-2001 Images: Infiniti

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