2013 Infiniti JX Crossover shows its face

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 26, 2011

Infiniti really likes to tease consumers about the upcoming 2013 JX crossover. Last April, a sketch was released. A teaser photo appeared earlier this month. And now, shadowy images of the model have been leaked.

Infiniti’s “Power of 7″ media campaign aims to raise the hype for the new seven-seat crossover that’s set to officially debut at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18. Infiniti is planning to release JX images every Thursday through its Facebook and Twitter accounts before its formal unveiling.

Very few details about the model have been revealed. Infiniti has said that its interior will be “stunning” and that this seven-seater will feature the latest in electronic entertainment and safety technologies. This SUV is believed to be bigger than both the two-row EX and FX crossovers but will be smaller and more efficient than the body-on-frame QX56, Infiniti’s other seven-seat utility vehicle.

From these photos, it could be determined that it has an upswept D-pillar. The shape of the taillights could also be seen. Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee, facility will build the JX crossover. This plant will also produce the Nissan Leaf EV by the end of 2012.

Production of the next-generation Rogue crossover will start by the end of 2013. Presently, the plant produces the Frontier pickup and Xterra SUV but when the new models come in, these two lines will be moved from Smyrna to Canton, Mississippi.

Expect a new seven-passenger luxury crossover to join Infiniti’s current line up in spring 2012. The new 2013 Infiniti JX offers a fresh yet bold alternative to current luxury crossovers. In fact, the new JX has been designed to outclass its rivals in areas of interior flexibility, cabin roominess, advanced hospitality features and safety elements. Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore remarked that the 2013 JX recognizes the needs of family customers to grow up without growing old.

He noted that responsibility should be treated as a reward, instead of being seen as something that limits what a family could do. Poore said that the new JX has been designed to serve as a connection between its occupants and the world, instead of shielding them. He said that Infiniti aimed to make JX occupants become more aware of the surroundings. In a sense, Poore said, the 2013 JX allows customers to say “no” to boring luxury with its inspired design and advanced technology.

What makes the new Infiniti JX different from other three-row luxury crossovers is the philosophy that if 7-passenger seating is offered, all of them should be comfortably accommodated.

By employing a flat platform floor, Infiniti was able to boost roominess in the third row and this allowed for long second row adjustment of 5.5-inches fore and aft for a more versatile spacious and flexible cargo carrying capacity. Moreover, this allowed Infiniti to endow the JX with more dramatic styling. As designed, the new 2013 JX features a long wheelbase, short overhangs and a low roofline that still allows for ample interior headroom.

In addition, the platform underpinning the JX allowed Infiniti to create to offer a large family passenger vehicle sans the typical exterior styling limitations. Interestingly, the new JX features an emotional aerodynamic shape -- with a coefficient of drag of 0.34 – that helps improve its fuel economy. The seven-passenger crossover boasts of zero front and rear lift that allows it to hold onto the road much better – thanks to a front underbody spoiler and integrated rear spoiler as well as rear tire deflectors.

Its exterior styling is underscored by its double-wave hood and double-arch front grille/headlight shape as well as crescent-cut D-pillar and greenhouse design. Frontal illumination is taken care of, as standard, by automatic on/off High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with manual levelizers as well as fog lights.

At the rear, the 2013 Infiniti JX is highlighted by large LED taillights and a power rear liftgate for added utility. In terms of styling, the 2013 Infiniti JX represents a further evolution of the Infiniti design language, reinterpreting the hallmark elements of Infiniti Essence Concept to make them more suitable to the needs of a family luxury crossover.

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