2013 Infiniti JX

Details Show 2013 Infiniti JX Big in Lots of Ways Except One Important Area

Infiniti has gone against conventional wisdom by introducing the big 2013 Infiniti JX at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Except it appears to be lacking in engine size.

The 2013 Infiniti JX, the manufacturer proudly points out, has more 2nd and 3rd row legroom than a Cadillac Escalade and class-leading, segment-leading rear cargo volume, and segment-leading passenger volume. It is available in either all-wheel or front-wheel drive.

What's most amazing is the engine is decidedly not big. One wonders how it will do the job under full load with cargo onboard. The standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 is mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission. The engine is rated at 265 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm. Fuel economy is expected to be rated at 23 mpg highway, 17 mpg city and a real-world 19 mpg combined.

Another feature of the new JX is the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, technology exclusive to Infiniti vehicles. Using a rotary switch mounted in the center console, the driver can choose among four drive modes - Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow - depending on road and climate conditions. The system varies throttle response and shift schedules to optimize performance. One can only imagine what a snooze it will be trying to accelerate the JX in Eco mode. 0-60 can probably be timed with a calendar.

The Infiniti JX adds a new feature, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), to the currently available Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) system. With this technology, when the transmission is in reverse, the JX will help the driver detect crossing vehicles and objects behind the JX and, if necessary, the system can automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision.

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