Providing a very real preview of a new model that will appear in full production form at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the Infiniti JX Concept made its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. While saving a good number of technical details for the official LA intro, Infiniti's Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, did note the volume-build version of its first seven-passenger premium large crossover will break new ground for the division in several key areas.
"The JX Concept advances the Infiniti design language, sharing design cues of the Infiniti Essence concept, yet interprets those elements in ways suitable to the needs of a family luxury crossover," said Nakamura. "From the dramatic front grille and headlight design to the crescent-cut D-pillar and greenhouse shape, the JX Concept shines as a fresh, bold alternative to the many flavors of vanilla currently dominating the three-row luxury crossover segment."
It's admittedly high-profile exterior aside; the production 2013 Infiniti JX will embody an impressive array of new technology and people-focused features when it goes on sale in the spring. While Infiniti has yet to confirm specific model designations---including the presence or absence of a V8-powered variant---it has stated that the new JX will arrive offering a solid balance of enthusiasm and efficiency in front- or all-wheel drive form by matching a "powerful" V6 engine with a continuously variable automatic (CVT) that includes a Sport mode capable of mimicking the fixed ratios in a conventional autoshifter.
Expected to offer class-leading room and set new benchmarks for style, features and flexibility, the spacious Infiniti JX cabin was designed to provide all aboard with an outstanding experience, regardless of seat spot or journey distance. Backing the well-formed front buckets is a 60/40 split-folding second row that both tilts and provides 5.5-inches of fore/aft travel to ease access to the third tier---a capability it retains even if there's a child seat latched in place. Infiniti promises that exceptional adjustability also ensures the 50/50 drop-down bench in the JX's innermost sanctum will be fully capable of accommodating a pair of adults in comfort.
On the techno front, the 2013 Infiniti JX will introduce Backup Collision Intervention as an adjunct to the optional Blind Spot Intervention system. This latest bit of safety wizardry helps the driver detect objects---or people---crossing behind when the vehicle is shifted into reverse and can automatically engage the brakes if necessary to avoid an impact. Audiophiles can opt for a primo 14-speaker Bose Studio Surround sound system with Waveguide bass contouring as well as the latest iteration of the multi-faceted Infiniti Connection Telematics package. Finally, all versions of the new JX include will come with Infiniti Personal Assistant, the automaker's personal concierge service with 24/7 access to a team of live professional facilitators.
Expect more details along with pricing guidance when the production 2013 Infiniti JX takes a turn in the limelight at its formal LA reveal.