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 |  Sep 03 2013, 10:31 AM

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Another day, another safety investigation. This time Nissan is under the microscope for complaints about leaks in some 2013 Pathfinder and Infiniti JX crossover vehicles.

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 |  Jul 12 2013, 10:01 AM

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Brought down angles from the Promised Land

Gave ‘em a place where they could dance

If you want to see heaven, brother, here’s your chance…

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 |  Apr 19 2013, 11:47 AM

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Nissan announced a recall today that affects the front brake torque member in about 19,258 Infiniti JX crossovers and Nissan Pathfinders.

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 |  Nov 25 2012, 9:01 AM

Infiniti has announced its next step in the brand’s global expansion, with plans to enter the Brazilian market in 2014. Characterized as one of the world’s emerging economies, it’s already the sixth largest economic market.

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 |  Jun 01 2012, 7:02 PM

With May sales numbers rolling out today, there are some interesting stories developing around several automakers.

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 |  Mar 09 2012, 6:01 PM

Infiniti is getting involved with the NCAA in its latest marketing campaign for the 2013 JX, sponsoring CBSSPORT.com’s “Round by Round” bracket competition with proceeds going to the Coaches for Cancer Foundation. 

The “Round by Round” game works by having entrants pick the winners of all 67 match ups throughout the championship tournament, including the first four and the final four. The winner will be sent to the 2013 NCAA men’s final four in Atlanta.

The event stands to raise some serious cash too — Infiniti will donate up to $700,000 to the foundation based on fan participation.

“Infiniti continues to be inspired by the excitement of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship and the coaches’ dedication to cancer charities,” said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. “We thank the fans once again for their role in pushing the total support to more than $1 million this year.”

Sponsoring the event also promises to set several sets of eyes on Infiniti, serving as a springboard to the company to promote its 2013 JX crossover.

 

 |  Jan 25 2012, 4:30 PM

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Infinti is pointing their cross hairs squarely at the Japanese luxury crossover market, hoping that their new JX will be a hot seller capable of boosting the brand, but there could be an arduous road ahead.

Their biggest competition: the Acura MDX and Lexus RX crossovers are their brand`s top sellers, meaning Infiniti will have to pick a few pockets to put the JX in their aspired sales bracket.

“It will become our second-best-seller this year, right behind [the] G [lineup],” Infiniti’s North American vice president Ben Poore said to WardsAuto in an interview.

Despite their high sales ambitions, Infiniti isn’t undercutting the competition, at least not completely. Poore said they plan to start the JX at $41,400 including the destination fee. That means it starts off cheaper than the Acura MDX’s $43,815 tag and pricier than the Lexus RX for $39,950.

As far as specifics for those ambitions are concerned, Poore didn’t name any exact sales targets. Despite that, we know the company’s best-selling G coupe and sedan sold 58,246 total units last year.

That could be a tall order given that the brands current runner-up, the QX SUV, only sold 13,428 units last year. Maybe that’s why Poore is playing coy about actual figures. His statement could suggest a relatively low sales target or a tough push against the competition.

Given that last year Lexus and Acura sold 82,595 and 123,299 RXs  and MDXs respectively, it would seem to be in Infiniti’s best interests not to irk the juggernauts, but instead to siphon off a sliver of tired customers from each when it goes on sale as a 2013 model this March.

GALLERY: 2013 Infiniti JX

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[Source: Ward's Auto via Motor Trend]

 |  Jan 12 2012, 6:00 PM

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Infiniti has announced pricing for their new JX crossover with the FWD starting at $40,450 and the AWD priced from $41,550. Both models come with a 3.5L V6 powerplant with 265-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque.

The JX is packed with tons of Infiniti’s newest technology features including the world’s first Backup Collision Intervention technology. Infiniti also announced pricing for the options available for the all new crossover.

The JX will come standard with Intelligent-AWD, but optional packages will also be available and their pricing is as follows: Premium Package ($4,950), Theater Package ($1,700), Driver Assistance ($2,200), Deluxe Touring ($2,550), and Technology Package ($3,100).

The Premium Package includes an Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with an 8-inch touchscreen display that has plenty of features such as XM NavTraffic, Infiniti Voice Recognition and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth. Buyers will also get dual occupant memory seats, Enhanced Intelligent Key, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, Maple interior accents and auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.

The Deluxe Touring Package outfits the JX with a Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker sound system. The outside receives 20-inch, five-spoke wheels along with a panoramic moonroof with power rear sunshade. Inside there’s Advanced Climate Control System, climate-controlled front seats and heated second row outboard seats.

The Theater Package outfits the JX’s interior with a pair of 7-inch color monitors, wireless headphones, remote control and rear headphone jacks with volume control.

Accessories for the JX include 20-inch polished wheels that are available for $1,600, roof rails for $370, splash guards for $180, rear bumper protector for $200, cargo package for $200, illuminated kick plates for $295, roof rail cross bars for $290 and dual DVD entertainment system for $1,850.

GALLERY: 2013 Infiniti JX

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 |  Nov 16 2011, 2:30 PM

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As promised, Infiniti has unveiled its entry into the three-row luxury crossover segment today at the LA Auto Show with the new JX. With the official reveal of the JX, Infiniti has also announced its pricing, setting the JX35 FWD MSRP at $40,450 while the AWD will come in at $41,550. Both vehicles are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with 265-hp mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sport mode.

The Infiniti JX will be on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2012. Blending both luxury and style with Infiniti’s new design language direction, the JX offers superb legroom in all three rows with plenty of cargo space behind the third row. Infiniti engineers also designed an innovative entry to the third row without having to remove the second row child seat.

The JX will also feature Infiniti’s newest technology, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) which will allow the JX to help the driver detect crossing vehicles and objects behind the JX when the transmission is in reverse. The system will even engage the car’s brakes if necessary to help avoid a collision.

As with any other Infiniti, a bevy of options were also announced with the JX: Premium Package ($4,950), Driver Assistance Package ($2,200), Theater Package ($1,700), Deluxe Touring Package ($2,550), Technology Package ($3,100), Roof Rails ($370) and polished 20-inch forged wheels ($1,600).

One of the newest features of the Premium Package that is worth mentioning is Infiniti Connection, which can automatically sync the owner’s schedule through Google Calendar and provide navigation to those appointments. In addition, the system will allow the driver to setup Drive Zone and Speed Alerts, among other multiple functions.

GALLERY: 2013 Infiniti JX

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GALLERY: 2013 Infiniti JX LA Auto Show Unveil

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Click here for AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show Coverage

 |  Nov 08 2011, 7:30 PM

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Infiniti is set for two world debuts at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th, 2011. Taking center stage at their booth will be the 2013 Infiniti JX crossover and the 2013 IPL G Convertible, the second vehicle in the Infiniti Performance Line.

Up until now, we’ve only seen the JX in concept form when it was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now we’ll finally see the production luxury crossover, featuring the world’s first Back-up Collision Intervention system and more second and third row legroom than a Cadillac Escalade.

The 2013 IPL G Convertible is set to hit showrooms in spring of 2012 and when we saw the concept, it sported a 3.7L V6 with 348-hp. On the outside, the IPL G Convertible sports 19-inch IPL wheels, a three-piece retractable hardtop and red leather interior contrasting the Malbec Black exterior.

AutoGuide will be live for the official reveals at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Until then, check out our complete preview here.

GALLERY: 2013 Infiniti JX Concept

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GALLERY: 2013 IPL G Convertible

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 |  Aug 20 2011, 4:30 PM

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With a focus on functionality, innovation and safety, Infiniti has revealed its new JX crossover in Monterey as part of the week-long Pebble Beach festivities. Targeted at well-heeled families, the JX is just a concept for now, although Infiniti is promising this vehicle is nearly identical to the production version that will be revealed at the LA Auto Show in November.

Notable highlights include a 7-seater, three-row arrangement, with second row seats that can move forward and back by as much as 5.5-inches. In addition, the second row splits and folds, allowing for a child seat in the second row, while retaining access to the third row. On the safety side, the JX gets a Backup Collision Intervention system that not only detects if you are about to reverse into something, but will actually apply the brakes in order to stop the vehicle.

Power will come from a V6 engine (presumably the brand’s 3.7-liter unit), while the JX will be offered as either front- or all-wheel drive. Of note, the JX will not get Infiniti’s 7-speed automatic transmission, but rather a newly developed CVT unit.

GALLERY: Infiniti JX Concept

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 |  Aug 18 2011, 10:46 PM

Infiniti has been teasing us with the JX for some time now, but today the pieces finally fit: the luxury crossover was unveiled in its entirety at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The JX is Infiniti’s second vehicle that seats 7 people across three rows of leather-clad seats. The first was the QX56, the Nissan Patrol-based behemoth that is more comfortable crossing the Serengeti (or in the back of rap videos) than the JX would ever be. But that’s ok. Seeing as off-roading isn’t the JX’s forte, it makes up with more curvaceous styling—a front end cribbed from the M and the Essence concept, and some deep sculpting along its flanks.

The result is akin to a two-box station wagon, with Infiniti’s bulging carp-like face. Packagewise, the JX hides its size well: the strangely-sculpted rear D-pillar makes this apparent. Infiniti says that the JX “shines as a fresh, bold alternative to the many flavors of vanilla” that make up its 3-row rivals. It’s certainly an unmistakable presence—take that how you will.

And inside is where it counts: the 2nd row can tilt and slide forward to allow access to the third row, even with a child seat in place—though Infiniti advises you to take the child out first. All three rows should be able to fit full-size adults, though past 3-row seaters have always called this claim into skepticism. The passengers that do fit, however, will be treated to a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system with Waveguide bass, Infiniti Connection Telematics to schedule appointments and calendars, and Infiniti Personal Assistant, a 24-hour concierge system that’s free on all 2012 Infiniti cars.

The JX uses one of Infiniti’s V6 engines, which will most likely be the 3.7-liter V6 shared in the G37. It can be had in front- or all-wheel drives, attached to a continuously-variable transmission—Infiniti’s first, designed to balance fuel efficiency and freeway-worthy acceleration. (Infiniti also claims “driving exhilaration,” but c’mon—let’s not kid ourselves here.)

Further details regarding the powertrain will be announced when Infiniti debuts the production version, in a few months at the Los Angeles Auto Show. By then, we’ll see if Infiniti’s claim of sportiness and 3rd-row roominess are accurate or not.

GALLERY: Infiniti JX Concept Reveal

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GALLERY: Infiniti JX Concept

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 |  Aug 18 2011, 5:04 PM

Today is a miraculous day – not only has Infiniti revealed the final teaser of their upcoming JX crossover, but the newest addition to the Infiniti lineup will get its official reveal today, August 18th.

The seven seat crossover will likely get Infiniti’s 3.7L V6 or 5.6L V8, and a whole suite of fancy gadgets. Stay tuned to AutoGuide for the Infiniti JX’s live reveal and official specs. In the mean time, check out the gallery below.

Gallery: Infiniti JX

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 |  Aug 11 2011, 7:45 PM

Like the world’s slowest jigsaw puzzle, the pieces for the Infiniti JX crossover are coming together, eventually.

Here’s the sixth image in a series of seven that parent company Nissan is releasing of their upcoming seven-passenger luxury crossover, in advance of its August 18th debut at Pebble Beach. The bulbous nose shows the same styling influence that gave us the Infiniti M, and the headlights are a little less angry than that of the FX.

The production version of the JX will be shown after Pebble Beach, at the LA Auto Show in November. Until then, we have just one more moody darklit photo of the JX to entertain ourselves with: stay tuned, folks.

GALLERY: Infiniti JX Concept

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 |  Aug 05 2011, 8:30 AM

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Set to make its Pebble Beach debut alongside the facelifted FX, Infiniti has released the second-to-last teaser image of its JX three-row luxury crossover. While the clear shot of the back of the car does give a better idea of the styling (resembling the QX56 SUV), perhaps more importantly is functionality of the shape, with the boxy rear end a departure from the sloping rear of the FX and EX – both of which have been critiqued for a lack of cargo room.

Just one more photo will be posted on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infiniti) before the official reveal on August 18th at Pebble Beach. And as an added incentive to send you to the page, Infiniti is running a contest to win a trip for two to the reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours.

After that unveiling the production model will debut at the LA Auto Show in November, with sales starting in the Spring of 2012.

GALLERY: Infiniti JX Concept

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 |  Aug 03 2011, 9:45 AM

One of the first slots on the auto show calendar is reserved for the LA Auto Show and the event continues to grow as a showcase for major reveals, not just convertibles. Having always had a green-car focus, the increased attention that market segment is now getting has also pushed the show into the spotlight.

For 2011 the event promises 17 world premieres, including the Infiniti JX luxury crossover, as well as the Hyundai Elantra Coupe and Azera. Other world premiers will come from Fiat, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volkswagen, as well as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln. Ford will show three all-new cars while General Motors will unveil two.

As for North American debuts, look for the BMW i3 and i8, the Mazda CX-5 and a new Volvo concept car.

In addition, the LA Auto Show will host the Green Car of the Year award, as well as the Green Car Ride and Drive.

Media days for the event are November 16 and 17, so look for AutoGuide’s live coverage then.

 |  Jul 28 2011, 12:14 PM

Infiniti released its newest teaser photo of the upcoming JX crossover, which boasts 7-seats and one of the brand’s powerful V6 or V8 engines.

Photos will be posted on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infiniti) and Infiniti is running a contest to win a trip for two to the reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours. The production model will debut at the LA Auto Show in November, with sales starting in the Spring of 2012.

Gallery: Infiniti JX

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 |  Jul 21 2011, 12:20 PM

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Infiniti has just released the latest teaser photo of its upcoming 7-seater JX luxury crossover, giving any photoshop expert enough amo to render up a close likeness.

Set to be revealed, in concept form, at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18, between now and that date, the Nissan luxury division will reveal four more teaser photos as a part of the “Power of 7″ marketing campaign. Each photo will be posted on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infiniti). And as an added incentive to send you to the page, Infiniti is running a contest to win a trip for two to the reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours.

After that unveiling the production model will debut at the LA Auto Show in November, with sales starting in the Spring of 2012.

GALLERY: Infiniti JX Concept

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 |  Jul 07 2011, 11:54 AM

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Infiniti has just released the very first image of its new JX 7-seater luxury crossover concept, which will officially be revealed at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18.

Between now and that date, the Nissan luxury division will reveal a total of seven photos as a part of the “Power of 7″ marketing campaign. Each photo will be posted on the brand’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infiniti) – a clever way of building fans. Plus, on the Infiniti Facebook page there will be a contest to win a trip for two to the reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours.

After that unveiling the production model will debut at the LA Auto Show in November, with sales starting in the Spring of 2012.

 |  Apr 19 2011, 12:24 PM

The Infiniti JX won’t be shown until the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. But Infiniti already has big plans for the three-row luxury crossover, setting it into production in 2012 as a 2013 model.

Don’t accuse Infiniti of not planning ahead: the concept will debut in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the production version will be shown in Los Angeles in November, and the JX will help Infiniti’s expansion in South and Central America.

Promising styling cues from the stunning Essence concept, the JX will deliver seating for seven, with flexible seating, a spacious third row and the brand’s next-generation telematics system.

As always, AutoGuide will be on-hand at both Pebble Beach and the LA shows to cover the reveal of this new luxury crossover, from concept to reality.

 |  Aug 03 2010, 6:38 PM

Infiniti appears ready to launch a line of compact luxury crossovers that will wear the JX badge. While not confirmed, the luxury division of Nissan Motor Co. has filed for trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for four separate cars names: JX20, JX25, JX25h and JX30.

While moving up the alphabet would seem to indicate the models would be larger than the EX or FX, the engine displacement signified by the numbers in each name definitely points toward a compact model, with the X signifying all-wheel drive – or at least a crossover. One possibility is that this new model could be based on the newly released Nissan Juke, although other sources indicate the JX will be based on the upcoming Mercedes B-Class platform.

The partnership with Mercedes would also likely extend to the engines. Mercedes is set to supply Infiniti with a range of 4 and 6-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. As for the JX25, it could use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder from Nissan or a 2.5-liter version of the VQ motor. As for the JX25h, that would most certainly indicate a hybrid.

In the past, Infiniti has trademarked the WX35, PX35 and DX35 in a bid to make sure it had the names lined up in case models were delivered. In those cases, no vehicle ever materialized. The case for the JX, however, seems much stronger – especially with the BMW 1 Series and Audi Q3 on the horizon.

[Source: Car&Driver]