Infiniti’s JX Concept—Next Year, Real Thing

“The JX Concept advances the Infiniti design language, sharing design cues of the Infiniti Essence concept, yet interprets those elements in ways suitable to the needs of a family luxury crossover.

“The JX Concept advances the Infiniti design language, sharing design cues of the Infiniti Essence concept, yet interprets those elements in ways suitable to the needs of a family luxury crossover. From the dramatic front grille and headlight design to the crescent-cut D-pillar and greenhouse shape, the JX Concept shines as a fresh, bold alternative to the many flavors of vanilla currently dominating the three-row luxury crossover segment.”

That’s Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer of Nissan, talking bout the JX Concept which is to become the 2013 JX Production Vehicle when it goes on sale next year.

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Clearly this is wasabi, not vanilla. That cut in the D-pillar accented by the chrome garnish that echoes the spoiler over the backlight is the sort of design touch that one doesn’t often see—OK, maybe never sees—and given that Nakamura noted it when the car was unveiled at Pebble Beach, chances are good that it will make it into production.

Even the headlamp is a work of serious design.

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According to Infiniti Americas vice president Ben Poore, “The three-row luxury crossover segment is one of the fastest-growing among all luxury vehicle segments, providing a huge opportunity for Infiniti.”

Which leads to a bit of speculation: Is the economy really so bad if Infiniti is apparently adding a stable mate to its rather capacious QX-56?