A special ceremony recently took place at Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant to celebrate the start of production of the Infiniti JX luxury crossover in Emerald Green in Tennessee – the first luxury vehicle built in Tennessee. Infiniti retailers throughout the U.S. will begin to sell the all-new, 7-passenger 2013 Infiniti JX in March.
This vehicle is the latest model added to the Infiniti Inspired Performance lineup. Making an appearance at the ceremony were Smyrna technicians, Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger, Vice President Manufacturing Smyrna – Decherd Susan Brennan, Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore and U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais of the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee.
Brennan said that the company is very pleased that this “world-class vehicle” is being built in Middle Tennessee. He added that each Infiniti vehicle that’s built at the Smyrna production lines is the result of “inspired design and quality craftsmanship.” The 265hp 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engines are built nearby at Decherd, Tennessee.
The 2013 JX offers best-in-class fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg for the front-wheel drive model and 20 mpg for the intuitive all-wheel drive model. The new Infiniti JX has an MSRP of $40,450 for the JX35 FWD and $41,550 for the JX35 AWD model. For reservations, please visit InfinitiUSA.com/all-new-JX.
Looking at the exterior of the Infiniti JX, it is clear that it comes with a contemporary design mixed with a hint of warmness. Highlighting this quality is the double-arch shape of the headlight and front grille. Emphasizing this as well is the D-pillar with its crescent shape, double-wave hood, and the design of the greenhouse. The Infiniti JX in particular not only moves the design language of the brand but even has similarities with the Infiniti Essence Concept in terms of style. However it does so in a way that it ensures that the components are able to meet the needs of what a family wants in a luxury crossover. As a result, the JX looks good and stands out from the rest without even trying.
In addition, visibility is excellent no matter where one sits. It even allows for easy ingress and egress to all the rows. Occupants get convenient access to the vehicle’s cargo area. The exterior also has a number of other interesting features like the variable intermittent windshield wipers on the front and its flat blade. The same wipers also have rain-sensing capabilities.
Meanwhile the rear window also has intermittent wipers and even has a defroster with a timer. Infiniti is including the outside mirrors which are not only heated and allows for power folding, but even has a reverse tilt-down feature. Courtesy lights are fitted on the handle of the front door and there is privacy glass in the rear with solar glass that helps lower UV.
Despite having short overhands, long wheelbase, and a low roofline, the headroom inside the cabin are not compromised. As such, it allows a passenger vehicle to fit in a large family but has no restrictions to how the exterior is styled. Because it has an aerodynamic form, style is enhanced and with the 0.34 coefficient of drag, fuel economy is improved. With an underbody spoiler in front with the rear section having an integrated spoiler and tire deflectors, both the front and the rear experience no lift thus improving road holding.
Fitted as standard is the High Intensity Discharge Automatic on/off bi-function headlights that use manual levelizers and fitted with xenon lights. Fog lights, of course are included. For the rear section, having the large taillights with LED gives it that unique appearance. Improving the model’s utility is the power liftgate in the rear, equipped as standard as well.
One question customers are likely to ask is what makes the Infiniti JX stand apart from the other luxury 3-row crossovers on the market. The simple answer is that for a vehicle that offers 7-passenger seating, the JX can in fact seat seven passengers.
By making use of a flat platform floor, the brand was able to improve the room available in the 3rd row. In addition, the fore and aft sections of the 2nd row have been adjusted by 5.5 inches allowing roominess and even enhancing cargo carrying capacity. Further, this enabled the brand to utilize a more dramatic style.