Infiniti FX50

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Infiniti FX50

These are the first pictures of the Infiniti FX50, an all-new car powered by a 5.0-litre V8 that will help launch the brand in the UK late this year or early in 2009.

Infiniti, which is Nissan's luxury brand and is already a success in the USA, launched the car at a glitzy event on Tuesday night at the Geneva motor show.

Described by the company as blending 4x4 dimensions with sportscar styling, it features a 387bhp engine, four-wheel-drive, a rear-wheel active steering system, adaptive suspension, brake assist, a seven-speed gearbox and 21-inch wheels.

Standard equipment includes heated and cooled leather sports seats, DVD-based sat-nav, adaptive front headlights and parking cameras. The interior of the car is avaialble in three colour schemes.

Nissan's self-healing Scratch Shield paint, which self-repairs light scratches, also features on the car, which is available in seven colours.

A V6-powered version of the car will be available at a later date.

In addition to the new FX50, Infiniti is showing off its GX37 saloon and coupe and EX37 in Geneva, both of which it plans to launch in the UK.