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Infiniti JX concept sketch – Click above for high-res image

If the calendar shows that a major auto show is upon us, that means it's time for automakers to release teaser images and video. Since the 2011 New York Auto Show is about to open its doors, Infiniti has taken the opportunity to release a hazy sketch of a vehicle to be revealed... at Pebble Beach?

Called the JX, this luxury crossover teases with talk of three-row seating and flowing lines. Infiniti is mum on the details (diminutive press released posted after the jump) but we're going to bet that this isn't the J30 reborn. Crossovers are still a hot commodity, so Infiniti is looking to add another one to its current lineup.

More details will be available when the concept version is shown at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. We do know, however, that Infiniti trademarked the names JX20, JX25, JX25h and JX30. This means there could be a wide range of available engines, but it also means Infiniti could be taking the proper precautions to ensure the name they want is available once a powertrain is chosen. The production version will bow at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show before heading to dealer showrooms in the spring of 2012, as a 2013 model.

[Source: Infiniti]
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Infiniti Announces JX Luxury Crossover To Join Its Line Next Spring

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 19, 2011) – Infiniti has announced an all-new three-row luxury crossover designated the Infiniti JX that will go on sale at its retailers in spring 2012 as a 2013 model.

An exterior sketch of the Infiniti JX suggests a vehicle that pushes the boundaries of what a luxury crossover can be – with signature styling cues of the brand, such as dynamic and elegant line treatments inspired by nature. The brand styling theme continues with a "crescent cut" greenhouse design influenced by the Infiniti Essence concept car. More details will be provided when the Infiniti JX concept is shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this August. The production version will make its global debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

"The all-new Infiniti JX crossover will allow us to continue to expand the Infiniti brand's presence in the Americas," said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas. "In 2010, Infiniti was one of the fastest-growing luxury brands in the United States, and this year we will expand our presence further to Mexico and Panama, followed by Chile in the first half of 2012."

"There aren't a lot of choices for luxury families today. The all-new Infiniti JX is the 7-passenger antidote to the ho-hum luxury crossovers that are out there right now," added Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti Americas. "The Infiniti JX will have a stunning interior, while offering exceptional seating flexibility, easy access to the roomy third row, plus the latest in-vehicle technology – including next-generation telematics. A fitting addition to our line, it will challenge the status quo in its class."

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      Sue Esponte
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh boy. woohoo. call in the clowns. just what the world needs. another crossover.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love Infinitis but I'm already sick of the reverse-curve C/D pillar they're using on their concepts these days. It's faddish not really stylish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All automotive trends are faddish, and I like this new treatment of theirs. It is, at the moment, unique to Infiniti, and is a refreshing change from the reverse-slant D-pillar that has been used on absolutely everything with a liftgate lately.
      HollyWood Hogan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait a minute so Infiniti will have 4 ugly SUVs now? What the hell? How about a rebadged GTR or something not lame?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just make a G wagon already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am interested in knowing what 3.0L engine Nissan has in it's lineup for this vehicle. Is it possibly a 3.0L diesel? I couldn't imagine them having 3 V6 gasoline engines in their lineup.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 4 Years Ago
      Strange. 2-3l displacement but 7 seats? Sounds strange, but could be an interesting car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think a lot of consumers weren't completely satisfied with the EX and making a larger CUV will fill a void where consumers want a larger vehicle but don't necessarily want a supersport SUV (FX) or a huge full-size lux cruiser (QX). It will be the "right fit" for a lot of potential Infiniti buyers. I'm thinking it will be nearly the size of the GM Lambda SUVs with all the luxury found in an M & QX. Rock on!
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is it a fail if you can't draw conclusions on the final design, and it entices the viewer to see more. That's called "advertising"... Infiniti has a hole in its line-up. Lexus sold 8600 RX's last month, and Infiniti moved only 1117 FX's (which is more of a BMW Touring/X-Drive type than SUV). The Murano has been sitting in Nissan's portfolio for 2 product cycles with no Infiniti counterpart. Dumb. The RX is the best seller in its segment, and this looks like a no brainer to answer it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW - they're really going to do that reverse kink C pillar. They've been threatening it on concepts for several years now. I admire their nerve. Looks like a nice execution . . . now let's see how if fares in production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised by the move, just confused by the names trademarked... Afterall Lexus is set to come out with a 3 row CUV above the RX to compete with the MDX as well. If this is suppose to be MDX/Highlander/XC90ish in Size, then all they will have are 2.0l, 2.5l, 2.5l Hybrid, and 3.0l engines? I would assume a 3.5l or 3.7l would be range topping setup. The 2.5l would be the V6 found in the G25, and a 2.5l Hybrid is doable since the 3.7 and 2.5 are stil VQ motors. And the 2.0l be a diesel?
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