Infiniti welcomed its latest crossover into its lineup yesterday morning as a 2013 JX doused in emerald green paint was the first to roll off the assembly line. A special ceremony was held at Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly facility with many Infiniti executives on hand to see the first production JX in the figurative flesh. The all-new JX will be capable of carrying seven passengers while still allocating enough room behind the third row of seating for adequate cargo space.
The JX will be built at Nissan’s Smyrna facility while its 265 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine will be constructed in nearby Decherd, Tennessee. Infiniti claims the JX will deliver class-leading fuel economy with 21 mpg for front-wheel drive vehicles and 20 mpg combined, respectively. The JX will start at $40,450 for the FWD configuration and $41,550 for AWD.
“The luxury crossover market is the fastest growing luxury segment in America, representing a huge opportunity for Infiniti,” said Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti America. “In fact, we expect JX to quickly become our second highest volume model, right behind the popular Infiniti G-line.”
First unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November of last year, Infiniti has given potential buyers more than a quarter of a year to place an order. A reservation system was also opened up around the same time giving potential buyers a way to configure a JX to their exact likings. Early pre-order figures from Infiniti show that the JX is in hot demand, with around 2000 orders placed. As is the norm with a vehicle that is all-new, it takes between three to four weeks for production to really get under way before the vehicle makes its way to the masses. Since the JX began production yesterday we can expect the all-new crossover to appear in showrooms by the end of March.
To help back Poore’s claim that the JX will only play second fiddle to the G-line in sales figures Infiniti has stuffed its new crossover with an array of modern amenities and technology. Features like a Backup Collision Intervention system alerts the drive when an object is approaching from the rear.
A few sensors in the rear of the JX tell the driver when an object enters its path while backing up with sensors and audible warnings. If the driver doesn’t react quickly enough the BCI system will apply the brakes in an effort to avoid a collision.
Other features include the new Infiniti Connection which can automatically synch to the owner’s schedule through GoCalendar. Both features can help the driver navigate from one appointment to another with turn-by-turn directions if they’re needed. Perhaps the coolest features on the upcoming JX crossover is the Infiniti Personal Assistant which offers owners and 24/7 concierge service from both in and outside their vehicle.