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Infiniti teases JX SUV – again

Kinky: A teaser shot reveals that the seven-seat Infiniti JX SUV will have a distinctive 'kinked' C-pillar design

Another pic of Infiniti’s forthcoming seven-seater emerges ahead of August reveal

25 Jul 2011

INFINITI has released a fourth teaser shot of its forthcoming JX seven-seat SUV, confirming that it will adopt the quirky ‘crescent cut’ C-pillar treatment previewed by the brand’s recent Essence and Etherea concepts.

The new image, taken from the rear three-quarter, emphasises the unusually-shaped rear window and pillar and the pronounced wedged side sills, styling features first indicated by a rough sketch of the JX released in April.

A full-length panoramic sunroof is also visible in the overhead shot of the car, which is finished in a distinctive olive green hue.

Previous images have provided a glimpse at the rakish, Mazda-esque headlights and taillights, as well as sharp character lines, and help paint a clear picture of the large SUV’s styling before it debuts in full at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18.

The JX will premiere in production form at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show ahead of a North American release in the first half of 2012.

16 center imageLeft: Other Infiniti JX teaser pictures.

Infiniti’s soon-to-be-launched Australian arm is also considering a local release for the model, with Infiniti Cars Australia general manager Kevin Snell recently telling GoAuto that it would be an “excellent complement” to the already-confirmed FX SUV.

“While not yet confirmed for Australia, (JX) is certainly on our radar, and we are working closely with Japan on the business case for a potential introduction after our initial launch phase,” he said.

While precious few details have been revealed on the latest member of the expanding Infiniti line-up, the vice-president of the company’s American operations, Ben Poore, said the JX would challenge the status quo of its segment.

“There aren’t a lot of choices for luxury families today,” said Mr Poore. “The all-new Infiniti JX is the 7-passenger antidote to the ho-hum luxury crossovers that are out there right now.

“The 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. (It will be) a fitting addition to our line.”

Nissan Australia will relaunch its luxury brand here in September next year with a three-model line-up including the FX mid-sized SUV, the G series coupe and convertible, and the large M sedan.

If the JX comes here, it would likely be some time in 2013.

Possible later additions to the range could also include the Lexus IS-rivalling G sedan range, the EX premium compact SUV and perhaps a small hatchback in the BMW 1 Series mould, as previewed by the Etherea at Geneva early this year.

The company has indicated that its method for growth in the coming years will stem from its introduction to new markets such as Australia, as well as expanding its product range beyond ten models (up from seven models today).

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