JX is this premium Japanese brand’s first 7-passenger crossover SUV. It fills the gap in Infiniti’s product line between the midsize 5-seat FX crossover and 7-seat premium-large QX56. The latter uses body-on-frame truck-type construction while the JX employs a car-type unibody design. JX borrows some elements of its basic design from the Nissan Altima, which is produced by Infiniti’s corporate parent.
Like the Altima, the JX is built in the United States. It will compete against similar 7-8-passenger premium-midsize crossovers such as the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, and Volvo XC90. Like the FX crossover, Infiniti offers the JX with optional all-wheel drive. Unlike the sporty rear-drive 5-passenger SUV, the JX comes standard with front-wheel drive.
Nissan/Infiniti is no stranger to 7-passenger SUVs, but this is its first effort at a crossover with such capacity. JX will pave the way for the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder, which is scheduled to debut in calendar 2012 as a 2013 model.
The first JX model will be known as the JX35, this nomenclature reflects the crossover’s standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. No word on the availability of other engines.