• Aug 5, 2010

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Automakers try their darnedest to keep future vehicles secret until they're good and ready to reveal them. But more often than not, something leaks. One of the best sources of future vehicle information turns out to be government officials, who have been known – whether through regulation or by accident – to make public the private plans revealed to them by automakers. Vice President Joe Biden's notoriously loose lips are one example; copyright offices are another.

In this case, potential plans for an upcoming new line from Infiniti have been revealed under the name JX. According to Car and Driver, Nissan has applied to trademark the names JX20, JX25, JX25h and JX30 at both the US and Canadian federal patent and trademark offices. Just what these model names signify is a matter of speculation, but if the existing EX, FX and QX are anything to go by, we should be looking at a crossover.

The numeric designations suggest the potential availability of a 2.0-liter four, a 2.5-liter V6, a hybrid and a 3.0-liter V6 (potentially a diesel), indicating that the JX would likely be rather compact in size. Sources speculate on a possible premium variant of the quirky Nissan Juke. But Nissan, for its part, reportedly claims the trademark registrations – like the XW35, PX35 and DX35 filed previously – are precautionary, registered in the event they should need them. We'll just have to wait and see.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nobody is buying the EX so what makes you think people will buy this thing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Goody, another potential line of xUVs! I can never get enough of those.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hellz yeah, I just can't gets me enough high riding, poor handling mediocrity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If J suggests a compact, then it muddies the crossover alphabet soup, as J would have to be a rung above the FX.... which doesnt make sense if there isn't a registered JX37 or 45.

      I'd say this is would more likely be a European model (especially if the 3.0 truly is a diesel)... but would they need to register the trademarks in North America if thats the case?

      Then if it is a Juke, where did the 1.6l from that car go?

      Hella. Confusing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More proof of how muddy the alphabetic naming of your models can get if you try to keep them in order. For Infiniti, if you're gonna use -X for SUVs/CUVs, your choices get limited very fast. I imagine the process: "So, how about AX? No, that and BX and CX were Citroën models. DX? But it's the bottom trim level for Hondas. We already use EX and FX. Can't use GX unless it's G-based. Skip HX...sounds like a hybrid. IX? But it's the Roman numeral for 9. So, JX. Anyone using that? OK then!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Possibly they plan on eliminating the EX and FX down the road so the JX would be a new small premium XUV which can raise Infiniti's corporate mpg average for CAFE.

        As far JX goes in an afront to Jaguar. How many XL, LX, SE, ES combos among the others mentioned need there be to prove there is no license on the alphabet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note to Infiniti: No thanks to a Juke based CUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they will have success at making the Juke look better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds crazy since the EX is so tiny already.
      I think Nissan's "have them for when we need them" argument is probably true. The previously reserved model names are sort of fun to guess about. What on earth could an XW35 be?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do remember the J30, I'm trying to forget it now too...At least it's design was somewhat different in it's time, and so was RWD while it's lesser Altima was totally different. Its as if they created the Altima to copy the J30. IN essense, the J30 never really caught on. This JX I imagine will be something based on the Rogue. How much smaller do they wish to go? I don't think the naming issue with be much of a problem...No one will ever mistake a Jaguar for an Infiniti. And most probably thats been already cleared with Jaguar prior to them paying to trademark the name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yay! More dipping into the alphabet soup. Automakers are really getting lazy when it comes to naming vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      funny how "JX" was the base model of the 1996-2000 chrysler sebring convertible. then from 2001 to present it along with the "JXI" was renamed to LX and LXi!
      • 4 Years Ago
      JX?

      Don't you think Jaguar might have a few complaints about using those 2 letters?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jag may complain but they didn't invent the alphabet.

        Legal non-issues aside, Infinitis are better cars than Jaguars from every single aspect and owe more to Jaguar spirits than Jags themselves.


        As for nomenclature, trademarks' use varies across regions - Skoda can sell its RS cars in Czech republic but needs to rebrand them as vRS for the UK due to Ford's rights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thought exactly. they may slap it on a non-jag type car, but this is a pretty clear devaluation of the Jag nomenclature. What's next...JX-R? JX120?, JXK?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jaguar probably shouldn't care any more than, for example, Mercedes-Benz cared when Lexus used "LS."

        Mercedes-Benz SL / Lexus LS
        Jaguar XJ / Infiniti JX
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. I don't think anybody would really care. Even Toyota reversed itself with the Scion tC and Lexus CT
      • 4 Years Ago
      How original.
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