In an age of downsizing and crossing over, Infiniti is bucking trend with the launch of the FX50 SUV here at the Geneva auto show. The second-generation FX gets a complete exterior redesign to look a whole lot more menacing than the current FX range, especially at the front end, where its new headlight and grille arrangement gives it the impression of wanting to eat other road users alive. And eat them alive it just might do, as the updated model comes with a monstrous 5-liter V-8, which Infiniti says is capable of more than 380 horsepower. (A V-6 version of the FX will also be available, but Nissan is holding off on the details for now.)
Being an Inifinti, the FX50 is predictably loaded with gadgetry: onboard tech features include the Around View Monitor system, adaptive cruise control, and an available 11-speaker Bose audio system. To complement its bullyboy looks and performance credentials, the FX50 is available with solid magnesium paddle shifters and 21-inch alloy wheels. Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is also on the options sheet. Looks for the FX50 to arrive at showrooms in the United States and Canada in June 2008.