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With seating for up to seven, the JX will be the largest of the crossover utility vehicles in the Infiniti lineup.

Nissan recently unveiled its new Infiniti JX crossover utility vehicle, which will be assembled at the company's plant in Tennessee.

The seven-seat luxury crossover goes on sale next spring. It will be the first Infiniti to be assembled in the United States since production of the QX56 sport utility vehicle was moved to Japan two years ago.

Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, currently builds all of its vehicles in Japan.

With three rows of seats and a large cargo area, the JX will be the roomiest luxury crossover on the market, Nissan said.

The JX model shown at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance luxury car show in California was a concept version; Nissan officials said the production model will be introduced at the Los Angeles auto show in late November.

“The three-row luxury crossover segment is one of the fastest-growing among all luxury vehicle segments, providing a huge opportunity for Infiniti,” said Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti Americas.

“And like every segment Infiniti enters, we plan to shake up the status quo — with a vehicle that is guaranteed to become the new benchmark for style, hospitality, roominess, advanced telematics and safety technologies,” he said.

No prices or fuel-economy estimates have been released yet, but the JX will fit in the current Infiniti lineup between the midsized, five-passenger FX crossover and the full-size, eight-passenger QX56 sport utility vehicle. FX prices for 2011 range from $42,600 to $57,600, while the QX56 begins at $58,700.

Under the hood of the JX will be a fuel-efficient V-6 engine, Nissan says. It will be connected to a new continuously variable automatic transmission with manual sport shifter, and either rear- or all-wheel-drive will be available.

While no other details were released about the JX engine, it's expected to be a version of Nissan's VQ series six-cylinder. In the flagship Infiniti M37 sedan, this engine has 330 horsepower, along with fuel-economy estimates of 18 mpg city/26 highway with two-wheel drive and 17/24 with all-wheel drive.

Nissan makes all of the engines for its U.S.-built vehicles at a separate plant in Tennessee.

In developing the JX, Nissan said three elements were emphasized: interior flexibility and roominess, safety and “innovative hospitality features.”

The exterior was given a “dramatic” look to help differentiate the JX from other premium crossovers, such as the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Acura MDX and Audi Q7, the company said.

“The JX concept shines as a fresh, bold alternative to the many flavors of vanilla currently dominating the three-row luxury crossover segment,” said Shiro Nakamura, chief creative officer for Infiniti.

The JX will have a second-row seat that tilts and slides forward to allow for easy access to the third row.

“With the JX, you will even be able to leave a child seat latched to the second row while getting in or out of the third row — just one example of the vehicle's inspired flexibility and versatility,” Poore said.

“The third row isn't the typical penalty box either, with adult-sized room for all occupants and 51/2 inches of second-row forward-back adjustability,” he said.

Among available features will be a 14-speaker Bose Studio Surround sound system with Waveguide bass technology.

Also offered will be the Infiniti Connection Telematics system, similar to GM's OnStar and which automatically can synch a computer business calendar and provide navigation guidance to appointments, the automaker said.

The system also includes the Infiniti Personal Assistant, which provides a “personal concierge service” with 24-hour access to a “team of professional assistants,” the company said. This feature will be offered at no additional cost on every 2012 Infiniti vehicle.

The JX also will be available with Backup Collision Intervention, designed to detect objects that are crossing behind the vehicle when the transmission is in reverse, and then to automatically apply the brakes to help avoid a collision.

Nissan already is working on expansion of its plant in Smyrna, Tenn., near Nashville, to accommodate production of the JX, as well as two other new vehicles coming to the complex over the next two years: the Nissan Rogue compact crossover and the Nissan Leaf battery-electric car.

The company already builds the Altima sedan and coupe, Maxima sedan, Frontier pickup, Xterra and Pathfinder sport utility vehicles and the Suzuki Equator pickup at the Smyrna plant. Also under construction at the site is a $1 billion plant to make lithium-ion battery packs for the Leaf.
 

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From the Infiniti JX pictures found on this forum, the JX interior space looks to be sufficient for the average family. But we really need to see what sort of cargo space is left once the 3rd row seat is up and in use. Looking forward to some Infiniti JX reviews since my main concerns so far is fuel economy and cargo space.
 
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