Infiniti Continues Its Momentum in Detroit with Debuts of the Powerful FX45 Premium Crossover SUV and Dramatic Triant concept

The world debut of two exciting performance luxury vehicles – the FX45 premium crossover SUV and the innovative Triant concept – marked the highlights of Infiniti's press conference today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Infiniti Vice President and General Manager Mark McNabb also announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the FX45 of $44,225 and $35,700 for the V6-equipped FX35 ($34,200 for the RWD FX35). The FX45 goes on sale at 162 Infiniti dealerships nationwide beginning January 24 2003.

The FX45 is the fourth all-new Infiniti product introduced in less than 12 months, following the recent launches of the Motor Trend Car of the Year G35 sport sedan and G35 sport coupe and the introduction of the all-new M45 performance sedan.

Infiniti experienced the highest sales month in its 13-year history this past November following the introduction of the G35 sport coupe. 'Infiniti continues to bring to the market new, powerful, innovative products,' said McNabb. 'The strength and depth of Nissan's recovery efforts ensure that Infiniti will continue to be a leader in performance, luxury and technology – as demonstrated today with the new FX45 and Triant concept.'

Triant concept

The dramatic Triant concept, which made its world debut at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, captures the spirit of Infiniti and recent innovative designs such as the FX45 and G35 – sporty, luxurious and highly personal. As an exploration of a new market niche, the Triant concept is designed to fit active lifestyles. It offers a combination of performance, luxury and practicality with a high level of both on-road and off-road capabilities.

Triant's styling offers the look and feel of a classic sports coupe, with a long, elegant hood, sharply sloped windshield and hatchback and oversize wheelwells stuffed with large wheels and tires. It also features wide, power-assisted gullwing doors and headlights that 'guide' the beam around turns with the aid of digital mapping data and GPS technology.

Inside, the Triant's 2+2 cabin features an innovative sliding rear seatback that nearly doubles the cargo area when not in use, voice-based control of some cockpit features such as phone, navigation and audio systems, and a careful blending of natural and high-tech materials that redefines performance luxury amenities.

source: Infiniti