The Infiniti FX has been flying the flag for Nissan’s premium brand in the UK as it struggles to get a foothold in a class dominated by upper-crust European rivals.
The SUV has been Infiniti’s best-selling model in Europe for four years on the trot, but the maker isn’t resting on its laurels: it’s now launched a facelifted version of the rugged range-topper.
Fresh looks have been inspired by Infiniti’s recent motor show concepts, while some new colour and trim options add to the car’s appeal. So does top-notch build quality and a range of muscular engines. We test the FX30d in top S Premium trim. It’s the most driver-focused diesel in the line-up and comes overflowing with standard kit.
Yet the FX isn’t the only sporty SUV that’s recently been treated to a makeover. The Range Rover Sport was given a thorough update for 2012, including a power hike for its twin-turbo V6 diesel, a new eight-speed gearbox and higher specification. It’s due to be replaced next year, so can the current model still cut it against the upstart opposition from Infiniti?