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Description: Utterly ugly from every angle or a complete masterpieces on wheels.

The FX is Infiniti's first ever crossover-SUV, and its most successful to date. Technically a successor to the Infiniti QX4, which was actually a re-badged Nissan, its launch year coincided with Infiniti's first major move against BMW in the premium segment. Though it's mostly taken for granted now, especially following the worldwide success of the BMW X6, the FX was actually the world's first premium four-door crossover coupe.

We know that's a bit of a mouth full, but bare with us. When BMW launched their X6 crossover, this was pretty much how they conveyed to portray their four-wheeled contrivance. If you think about it, it does make a bit of sense. You have the looks and the proportions of a four door coupe, almost seamlessly blended with the functionality of a crossover/SUV.

Back in 2001, the Infiniti FX 45 Concept was being unveiled at NAIAS, testing the waters for a second similarly-named concept to be unleashed the following year. Code-named the "Bionic Cheetah", the first FX 45 Concept looked like no Infiniti had ever looked before it, having a very similar look with the current BMW X6.

The second FX 45 prototype had more than 90% of the design elements found on the production version, which was launched a year later, in 2003. Based on the same FM (Front Midship) platform as almost the whole rest of the current Infiniti range (except the Nissan Armada-based QX 56), the FX stormed the crossover/SUV market with its original styling, sporty handling and hi-tech gadgetry.

In 2008, the second generation of the FX crossover/SUV was unveiled. It was first launched in the US, its original market, while a European version followed in after a few months for the very first time. Currently, three engines are available for Europe: a 3.7-liter gasoline V6, shared with the rest of the European range of models, a Renault-sourced three-liter turbodiesel V6 and a thunderous 5.0-liter V8.

We managed to get our hands on an Infiniti FX 50 in "S" trim, fitted with all the bells and whistles currently available on this model. Read on to see what we thought about the 390 horsepower powerplant, the seven-speed automatic transmission and the array of gadgets fitted on the "S" version.

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