After displaying the JX Concept at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Infiniti has finalized the ideas behind the SUV with a production version unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new crossover will be offered in two models - the Infiniti JX35 FWD and Infiniti JX35 AWD - and will go on sale in the spring of 2012 at a starting price of $40,450 and $41,550 respectively.
The 2013 Infiniti JX has received emotive styling and craftsmanship, featuring the new Infiniti design language direction initiated with the Essence concept. It utilizes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers
265 HP at 6,400 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission to provide high responsiveness and seamless, efficient shifting feel.
One new technological feature that stands out from the rest is the Backup Collision Intervention system. This new system warns the driver if another vehicle is entering his path and, if needed, can even apply the brakes to help avoide the collision if the driver does not properly react in time.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Infiniti JX.
The JX features an Infiniti modern design language, mostly inspired by the Essence concept, which includes a dramatic, double-arch front grille/headlight shape, double-wave hood, crescent-cut D-pillar, and greenhouse design. It features a long wheelbase that helps it offer proper interior room for seven people. The longer wheelbase utilizes a flat platform floor that enhances third row space and allows the second row seating to move back and forth by up to 5.5 inches. It even comes with a low roofline that does not compromise headroom and provides an aerodynamic look. Furthermore, a front underbody spoiler, an integrated rear spoiler, and rear tire deflectors help contribute to the JX’s zero front and rear lift for enhanced road holding.
High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights will be offered as standard, as well as flat blade variable intermittent front windshield wipers, available rain-sensing front windshield wipers, a rear window intermittent wiper and defroster with timer, power folding heated outside mirrors with available reverse tilt-down feature, front door handle courtesy lights, UV-reducing solar glass, and rear privacy glass. The standard power sliding tinted glass moonroof with one-touch open/close, tilt feature, and sliding sunshade opens up the cabin for even more room.
The 2013 Infiniti JX comes in a number of exclusive colors, including Emerald Graphite, Glacial Mist, and Diamond Slate, along with Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Midnight Garnet and Moonlight White (colors that are available on other Infiniti models).
The interior of the new Infiniti JX combines elegance and fine craftsmanship. The seats will come wrapped in leather as standard, but will also benefit from heated, 8-way power (Driver Seat) and 6-way power (Front Passenger Seat). All front seats can come with climate control (heating and cooling), while the 2nd row outboard seats can come heated, all provided as an option. Another option is a dual occupant memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors, but the coolest option is an Enhanced Intelligent Key that stores the occupant’s memory position and last-used audio, climate control, and navigation settings.
Available as part of the Deluxe Touring Package is an Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier, Grape Polyphenol filter, and auto recirculation.
The 2013 Infiniti JX is the first vehicle in the lineup to offer Infiniti ConnectionTM and Infiniti Connection PlusTM services, which includes 24-hour Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Call, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, stolen vehicle reporting, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Alarm Notification, Maintenance Alert, Scheduled Maintenance Notification and My Schedule (via Google Calendar). This system also has Drive Zone boundaries and Speed Alert which helps track vehicle usage by sending a notification by text, e-mail or phone if the boundary has been crossed or the speed exceeded. Both Infiniti Connection and Infiniti Connection Plus are included complimentary for the first year of ownership.
The new SUV also features the Infiniti Personal Assistant, Infiniti’s personal concierge service with 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants, which is included free-of-charge for four years with every 2012 Infiniti. This assistant allows the driver to make reservations, get directions, find points of interest, make dinner reservations, access gift services, answer trivia questions, and receive a wide variety of other services at the touch of a button from inside the vehicle or through the owner’s mobile or home phone.
The 2013 Infiniti JX also benefits from the world’s only Backup Collision Intervention, in addition to the existing Blind Spot Intervention system. The Backup Collision Intervention helps the driver objects that are crossing at the back of the vehicle and will automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not do so in a timely manner.
Other technological features for the 2013 Infiniti JX are:
- Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD): The AVM system shows the driver a virtual 360-degree image of the area around the JX and the new MOD function warn the driver of moving objects by providing visual and audible warnings (front or back range object detection).
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems: These systems use a small camera to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and help warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure with a visual indicator and audible buzzer.
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system: This system turns on a light when another vehicle is detected in your vehicle’s blind spot.
- Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range): This system uses a combination of laser sensors, throttle and brake actuators, and the JX’s braking system, to measure the distance to the vehicle ahead. Once the distance is calculated, the system will adjust the JX’s speed to maintain a safe following distance.
- Distance Control Assist (DCA): This system prompts the driver to release the throttle and applies the brakes in slowing traffic.It is offered with Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): This system sends visual and audible signals to the driver when the tire pressure is not within the accepted range for optimum performance.
- Remote Engine Start System: This system allows the driver to start the JX remotely using the remote keyless entry system.
Standard Safety Features
- Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
- Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection for all three rows
- Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
- 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners, load limiters and seat belt reminder
- 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants (including center position)
- LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
- Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and steel side-door guard beams
The 2013 Infiniti JX uses a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission. The engine delivers a total of 265 HP at 6,400 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. This power is joined by a fuel economy of 23 mpg Highway, 17 mpg City, and a real-world 19 mpg Combined.
The list of standard equipment includes a Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system, independent strut front and multi-link rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars, a braking system with a 4-wheel vented disc design with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist.
The 2012 Infiniti JX will go on sale in the spring of 2012 in two versions - JX35 FWD and JX35 AWD - with prices starting from $40,450 and $41,550 respectively.
The Infiniti JX is entering a market that is already dominated by models like the Acura MDX and the Audi Q7. The question is does it have all what it takes to become a successful model in that market? The MDX uses a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total output of 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the Q7 will be offered with a choice of three new V6 engines (two gasoline and one diesel) and an 8-speed tiptronic transmission.
Abundance of technology
Both FWD and AWD
Interior is roomier
Competition is more powerful
There is only one engine option