2001 Infiniti FX45 Concept
A popular concept vehicle at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show was the low-slung Infiniti FX45 prototype. Created to compete in the growing crossover luxury SUV market, the all-wheel drive FX45 dream machine featured a sporty, wide stance that was accentuated by huge wheels and rubber. The rear tailgate opened in two pieces, with the glass hatch swiveling upwards, and the lower gate swiveling downwards. A slide-out load floor was incorporated for ease of cargo loading. Overhead, the roof on the FX45 was made of glass with automatic shades for passenger comfort. A specially tuned 4.5-liter V-8 produced 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque, backed by a 5-speed automatic transmission.