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The all-new 2013 Infiniti JX35 offers premium features and performance for seven passengers.

Just when you thought the automobile market was content with such a wide variety of vehicle choices based on such a wide variety of body styles, sizes and utility, along comes one more entry.

The Infiniti JX35 for 2013 is an all-new vehicle from ground up and enters the Infiniti lineup as a “luxury crossover.” The Infiniti JX35 is designed to excel in areas that luxury crossover buyers desire most – interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and advanced hospitality features.

Besides the premium features, performance and innovations that Infiniti has become known for worldwide, the new JX35 offers real three-row utility.

“We are excited to welcome the 2013 JX35 to our Infiniti family,” John Gardner, owner of the Central Valley Automotive Group and the Infiniti of Modesto dealership, said. “For the first time, we have a mainstream crossover vehicle with seating for seven that will appeal to so many families. Now even more drivers can experience the quality, safety, technical innovation and inspired performance that Infiniti offers.

“Infiniti USA anticipates JX35 sales to equal the sales rate of our award winning G37,” said Gardner. “From early reviews from the motor press and consumers, we would agree.”

Many people are still confused about what constitutes a crossover vehicle. Basically, a crossover has all the features of a sport utility vehicle, but is built on a passenger car platform for a more comfortable ride. The Infiniti JX35 meets these criteria and then some.

The biggest attribute for the JX35 is the third row seating. With most other vehicles, just the thought of being stuck back in the third row seat is a good reason to fight for “riding shotgun.” Infiniti JX35 has tackled this by designing a system to access the third row. Wide door openings, a long forward slide of the second row seat, and the multi-mode second row forward movement and folding function makes for a very comfortable and inviting entry into the third row.

The JX35’s interior design mirrors the seductive style of the exterior. Key design features include the signature driver-oriented cockpit, finishers and satin pieces offering similar shapes and section, thin chrome accents, and an interior color palette that provides an elegant color harmony – wheat, graphite or java leather appointments with Kasane Washi or available maple accents.

Offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the JX35 addresses the growing desire among luxury crossover drivers to have both responsive performance and good fuel efficiency. The standard 265 horsepower, 3.5-liter DOHC V6 is mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to provide high responsiveness and seamless, efficient shifting feel.

Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg highway, 18 mpg city and a real-world 21 mpg combined for the front wheel drive model, and 23 mpg highway, 18 mpg city and 20 mpg combined for the all-wheel drive model, while still offering the power to carry a full load of passengers and cargo.

Of the passengers that were able to ride during our test week, most guessed the price of the JX35 to be in the $60,000 range. Most of these people were impressed by the luxury of the interior, the many performance and safety features, and, of course, the extremely comfortable ride and performance handling. Our test vehicle’s manufacturers suggested retail prices was $41,500 and the premium package option was an additional $4,950.

I love the idea of a seven-passenger vehicle. Most of my excursions involve a number of guests and the idea of possibly leaving one or two vehicles home means less travel cost and more funds for fun.

So maybe the JX really stands for “Journey X-treme.”
 
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