Unlike the very first concept car from 2001, the current Infiniti FX no longer uses the "Bionic Cheetah" look, being designed under the direction of Takashi Nakajima, Nissan/Infiniti head of design. "Utterly ugly from every angle" or "a complete masterpieces on wheels" are probably the most said words about the FX's exterior design.
We failed to fall into either category of criticism, but we must admit that it has a "love it or hate it" look, and the controversy it managed to draw upon it made us argue quite a number of times about the design it displays.
The most controversial part of the FX's design is obviously the front end. Our photographer's best bet about which animal it resembles was an albino mole, so that pretty much describes the antithetic feelings this car managed to influence.
Compared to the first generation, the grille has a similar overall trapezoidal shape but it's now much larger and it also adds four lines patterned like dark-tinted waves. In contrast to the large area of the grille, the headlights are very slim and long, while their overall shape resembles that of a carnivore's front teeth, or two sharks swimming together upside down. That or the eyes of the aforementioned albino mole, according to some...
The side view was generally well-received, with a very long hood which is both a reminiscent of old-school GT cars and of the fact that it uses a front-midship positioning of the engine. Also, the side air outlets are both nice-looking and fully functional, helping to evacuate the hot air inside the engine compartment. The 21-inch alloy wheels our "S" version was sporting are a very nice touch as well, even though at first we were thinking they might be a bit of an overkill.
The rear is as sporty as it gets for a crossover/SUV, with the general design cues transmitted from the first generation of the FX, but modernized following the "taillights with in the shape of teeth" principle. The two oversized round exhausts are both cool-looking and responsible for some of the car's "soundtrack". On the whole, the long hood, large wheels and petite windows make the FX look like nothing else on the road, but sadly its overall design remains controversial, so we can't give it full marks. Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Hmmm, this car is certainly... ahem... thought-provoking. In an abnormal, unbiased day, I would probably dismiss this Infiniti model as an unattractive piece of cow dung on wheels from an... ahem... obscure Japanese car manufacturer.
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