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 |  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]