'Bionic cheetah' married performance practicality…

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In 2004, one of the most styled vehicles on the road was not a sport car or a wild and woolly sedan, but the Infiniti FX45

Described by the company as a bionic it made its debut in 2003 and like it was designed on another — massive and kind of with huge 20-inch and tires, yet sleek and extremely

Even if you didn’t know kind of vehicle it was, recognize the FX45 as something off the beaten track. Technically, it was a utility vehicle, but it didn’t fit neatly into any one market

For one thing, it was built on the same as the Nissan 350Z sports car and G35 luxury sedan. This it handling and performance not normally with a sport-ute and, on a it’d leave any comparable with the possible exception of the Cayenne V8 or BMW X5 4.6iS, for ….

It was powered by the same 4.5-litre V8 found in the upscale Infiniti Q45 and M45 sedans. With 315 horsepower on this meant the FX45 was un-SUV-like when you put the pedal to the

It also had a full-time all-wheel-drive that directed additional to the front or rear wheels necessary and a slick-shifting five-speed transmission with a manual feature.

It may have been a grocery-getter, but the FX45 was as much a hot rod as else. In company-speak, it was what liked to call a premium SUV. In other words, it was to appeal to both performance and those buyers with a practical side.

A quick word about the AWD Unlike just about other setup on the market, one had the engine applying power between the front and rear wheels during takeoff and gradually redirecting it to the rear when the vehicle reached speeds. Off-the-line 4WD, in words, and when you accelerated out of a for example, it also redistributed back to both front and wheels. The result was flat performance, which meant lean was almost non-existent.

It was not a down-and-dirty bush beast and designed to respond particularly to extreme off-road conditions, but the could readily handle like a sudden snowfall or rain with no problem at

Needless to say, it had all the bells and all-leather interior, wood heated seats, rear-seat system, tire-pressure monitor, cruise control, power and, if you wanted it, a DVD-based system, with Infiniti’s view graphics.

This item was, and is, one of the more ones out there and was part of the so-called man-machine interface design. Luddites take relatively simple things, changing radio stations or fan required more steps to than they should although one would get probably to it eventually.

The FX45 competed against heavy hitters the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes with a just-over-$60,000 starting If nothing else, Infiniti’s sport-ute was one of the most eye-catching on the road and definitely drew a when parked. It was also thousands of dollars less its German rivals, which hurt.

There are three safety from Transport Canada to Two involve non-complying headlights and one with a fuel filler that could possibly and decay when exposed to This in turn may activate the indicator light on the dashboard in extreme cases, result in vapour leakage and a potential hazard. Dealers will fix all problems, gratis.

The U.S.-based Highway Traffic Safety has these three on file as with 19 technical service for the 2004 FX45.

Considering its sophistication and complex engineering, is a surprisingly modest number, and of these advisories are fairly in nature — mysterious from the front fender loose/squeaky bucket seats and vibrations during hard for example.

There are also several and hydraulic system issues, as as tire-pressure warning lights won’t always go off, to for this year of the FX45.

As far as Reports is concerned, the 2004 is a good bet, with top virtually across the board. No marks anywhere, and it receives a grade for predicted reliability.

One strange comment from Reports concerns the exhaust which they seem to could be tiresome. But what’s to some ears is a symphony to

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It should also be noted the FX45 required premium unlike its V6 stable-mate, the FX35, would run happily on regular.

expect to pay about $20,000 to for a five-year old Infiniti FX45 almost a third of what it new.


Base Price: $60,200; Book Value: $26,075; Red Value: $19,725

Engine: V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 315 hp/329 lb-ft

Five-speed automatic


Fuel Economy (litres/100 15.9 city/11.2 highway; gas

Alternatives: BMW X5 4.6iS, Porsche Mercedes ML500

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