Families looking for another alternative in a seven-seat, three-row luxury crossover have a new contender to consider: the 2013 Infiniti JX, which just debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
But what is it about this all-new entry in the competitive luxury crossover segment that family buyers may find compelling? For one thing, it’s Infiniti’s first foray into the three-row luxury crossover segment and the automaker is determined to stand out from the competition, which includes the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, and Lincoln MKT.
In short, Infiniti says that the 2013 JX is intended to excel in the areas luxury crossover buyers care most about: roominess and flexibility on the interior, safety, and advanced “hospitality” features.
Here we take a look at what the 2013 Infiniti JX has to offer in each of these areas. For a more complete look at the all-new seven-seat luxury crossover, the first from Infiniti, see coverage in our sister site TheCarConnection.
2013 Infiniti JX Concept
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Roominess and flexibility
The automaker boasts that the Infiniti JX has more second- and third-row legroom (41.7 and 30.8 inches, respectively) than a Cadillac Escalade (39.0 and 25.6 inches, respectively), long known as a very roomy large luxury SUV. There’s nearly six inches of second-row seat travel in the JX, allowing greater flexibility for legroom and cargo space between the second and third rows.
The standard multi-mode second-row seat allows for easy entry and exit without having to remove a second-row child seat, since the installed car seat moves forward with the second row. And both second and third row seats are split folding, 60/40 in the second row and 50/50 in the third. These seats also recline.
Cargo capacity behind the third-row seats is 15.8 cubic feet.
With the 2013 Infiniti JX, the company is introducing the “world’s only Backup Collision Intervention” (BCI) feature, adding it to the Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) system currently available on other Infiniti vehicles.
This technology helps the driver of the JX to detect crossing vehicles and objects behind it when the transmission is in reverse, and, if necessary, can automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision. The BCI/BSI has three layers of warning: audio, visual and gas pedal force feedback, prior to applying brake pressure in the event the driver doesn’t or can’t react in time.
The Infiniti JX also offers the Around View Monitor (AVM), which we previously covered for the 2012 Nissan Rogue. The Around View Monitor with new Moving Object Detection (MOD) on the JX builds on AVM system’s 360-degree virtual view of the immediate area outside and around the vehicle by providing visual and audible warnings when it detects objects or vehicles when pulling out of a parking space, starting off or backing up.
Other available safety technology on the 2013 Infiniti JX includes: Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts. Most are included in the optional $2,200 Driver Assistance Package (which also requires the $4,950 Premium Package), while LDW, LDP and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts are available in the optional $3,100 Technology Package (which includes content in the Driver Assistance Package and requires the $2,550 Deluxe Touring Package).