North American International Auto Show 2001

Infiniti FX45
Infiniti FX45
Infiniti FX45

Infiniti is one of several carmakers who have debuted a type of vehicle being called a "crossover SUV." These are SUVs that aren't quite SUVs, targeted at drivers who want an off-road look that has an elegant design. Infiniti's entrant into this market is the FX45 concept vehicle.

As with all concept cars, the FX45 may never be built; but Infiniti will likely build something similar to it. The FX45 has the look of a bionic cheetah in a crouching position ready to pounce.

While the outside has the design of an SUV, the inside is more like a high-end sports car. It has a tight interior; but its glass roof gives it the feel of a roomier car. In the rear, passenger features include a rear game system, DVD video and water bottle cooler. A 9.5-inch LCD display with navigation and audio system controls, plus Internet and e-mail access, is just to the right of the driver.

Under the FX45's hood there is a 32-valve, 4.5-liter, DOHC, V8 engine that produces more than 300 horsepower. It is equipped with a vehicular control system for improved stability. A laser-based adaptive cruise control system is also integrated into the car. Adaptive cruise control is a new technology that allows a car to follow the car in front of it, continually re-adjusting its speed to maintain a safe distance.

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