The all-new 2013 Infiniti JX is expected to bring the brand’s signature combination of aggressive design and enthusiastic performance to a fresh segment this year, with production already under way and a dealership debut slated for March. And while we’ve seen a similar effort recently from the Chrysler Group, which positions the Dodge Durango as a three-row crossover for driving enthusiasts, the JX will appeal to those customers who demand a more premium ownership experience.
Thus, in addition to its dynamic powertrain and highly capable suspension, the JX will offer goodies like the Infiniti Connection telematics system, a 15-speaker Bose Cabin Surround audio setup with digital 5.1-channel decoding and Bose’s latest Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer, and the industry-first Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) technology. By integrating BCI with Infiniti’s blind-spot information system, the JX can not only help drivers detect vehicles and objects that may be crossing behind it, but also proactively and automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision.
The JX provides all the interior versatility one expects in a big crossover as well, ringing up best-in-segment marks for both rear cargo volume and passenger volume—boasting more second- and third-row legroom than a Cadillac Escalade—and the vehicle’s innovative seating solutions provide easy passenger access to the third row even with a child seat safely mounted in the second row. The JX also is projected to achieve best-in-class EPA ratings of up to 21 mpg in combined driving.
That’s why Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti for Nissan North America, said “The all-new Infiniti JX embraces family customers in a way no luxury crossover has done before – recognizing their need to grow up, but without growing old. Responsibility should come as a reward, rather than as a restriction on the things and activities you enjoyed as a single person or a couple.”
Of course, Poore had much more to say about the coming JX and what it means to Infiniti, and—thanks to the folks at the Infiniti Media Center—Autobytel is ready to shed some more light on what should be a particularly bright spot in the brand’s lineup with the following Q&A.