Cruising in the Strut of Extravagance
Usually when you are driving, people barely notice you; if they do then you might be driving either a supercar or something out of the ordinary. However, the people who always do take notice are your fellows. My neighbors surely knew that I was driving a 2011 Infiniti FX35 over the weekend and they definitely recognized its extravagance.
The 2012 FX35 model was recently launched with a small facelift in its front fascia. Minimal differences were applied.
I was driving down to Sahel Alma, a region surrounding the bay of Jounieh with Infiniti’s midsized SUV, when my neighbors made unbelievably praising comments about the FX35. Infiniti may be a luxury brand, but it isn’t top-of-the line to Mercedes or BMW customers, so I was both astonished and impressed. They were quite surprised since they don’t often remark on the scores of vehicles I have driven home. Lucky neighbors, right? They were surely impressed because they could tell that this was a fully luxurious vehicle.
My test car came with a 3.5 liter V6. If you need the more powerful version, the FX50 is equipped with a 5.0 liter V8. The V6 produces 303 hp. Both models feature a seven-speed automatic with standard all-wheel drive. Owners of the V8 get 390 hp. When driving on Beirut’s awful roads, I noticed that the FX’s new suspension provides advanced handling and ride. Despite its size and weight, the FX is quite agile on the road and pleasurably maneuverable on twisty country roads.
The seats are broad and relaxed and there are lots of numbers of adjustments that will appeal to the majority of bodies. As for myself, I had the perfect seating position from the beginning. The seats can be heated and cooled. The steering wheel has the audio controls. I found the audio system’s button, which I used most of the time during my cruises.
While front occupants party in the strut of extravagance, rear passengers have to endure less-than-spacious accommodation. Even the doors are smaller. A swooping body is pleasing to the eye, but results in a somehow sufficient cargo area. The low roofline also results in less glass area, affecting outward vision somewhat. To defy that, Infiniti has equipped the FX35 with what may be debatably the best supplemental visibility system on the market. Cameras give an all-round view when the vehicle is stationary. As well, the driver can switch cameras, choosing between forward, back or all-round views.
Finally, the FX35 is a bit wider than some of its competitors. While this is an excellent thing for passenger comfort, it may be a tight pinch in some parking spots, especially in Ashrafieh or on other narrow roads, where its width works against it. It may be tricky to eloquently state what sets the FX35 apart from its rivals, but its extravagance plea is never in question! Jump out to the official dealer and distributor of Infiniti in Beirut, RYMCO, and you might get the one I drove (low mileage ~12,000 Km) at around 65,000 USD.