Infiniti currently offers 3 SUV models but that is about to change. The new Infiniti JX, a 7-passenger three-row luxury crossover is set to debut for the 2013 model year.
The model fills a gap in the auto brand’s crossover lineup slotting between the smaller FX and massive QX in terms of size and price. It will compete against the like of the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Volvo XC90 and Land Rover LR4.
Design & Interior
The JX has a striking design, which is similar to the FX and consistent with the brand’s design theme. It looks more sporty than the behemoth eight-passenger Q56 while still offering ample passenger room. Infiniti claims the JX will have class-leading interior space.
The JX emphasizes luxury with high-quality leather and wood accents in the interior. For easier third-row access, the second row of seats slides forward and back 5.5 inches. The model also comes standard with a 14-speaker Bose stereo system, climate controls for each row of seats, and hard-drive navigation.
The JX offers great safety features such as a backup collision intervention system, bi-xenon headlights, around view monitor, intelligent brake assist, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.
Engine & Features
Infiniti has not revealed the specifications of the engine to be used in the JX. It will mostly likely be a version of the 3.7-liter V6 found currently in the Nissan 370Z paired to a continuously variable transmission for fuel efficiency. Power output is likely to be about 330 horsepower, which is above average for its class. The 2012 Nissan 370Z’s 3.7-liter V6 produces 332 horsepower. In comparison, the Infiniti FX’s 3.5-liter V6 outputs 303 horsepower.
The model will have standard front-wheel drive with an all-wheel drive option. Other available features include dual 7-inch screens for rear passengers (located in the back of the front seat headrests), power moonroof, and remote start.
The JX will also feature Infiniti Connection Telematics that allows the user to sync to their calendar and provides navigation. The model also offers a free-of-charge Personal Assistant program that provides owners with 24-hour access to a live representative for services such as booking a hotel room or making a dinner reservation.
The Infiniti JX offers a great combination of interior room, flexibility, luxury, and safety. A concept version of the JX debuted in August 2011. The production model is slated to debut at the L.A. Auto Show in November 2011. Infiniti may also offer a hybrid version of the model down the road.
Infiniti says the JX will go on sale in Spring 2012 as a 2013 model. Its MSRP is expected to start at about $41,000. Check out Infiniti’s website for the JX photo gallery. If you are impressed with the JX, vote for it in our poll below.