Los Angeles 2011: 2013 Infiniti JX35 Is The Best of Both SUV Worlds

Infiniti’s portfolio may already boast three crossover/ sports utility vehicles, but is there room for a fourth? Absolutely, says the automaker – and the new 2013 JX35, which debuted earlier this morning at the 2011 Los Angeles auto show, allows the company to play in an increasingly competitive segment: premium three-row crossovers.

Until now, the only three-row, seven-passenger Infiniti on the market was the mighty QX56. A fine vehicle, perhaps, but a big, traditional truck-like SUV isn’t for everyone. Over the past decade, consumers have become increasingly smitten with smaller, fuel-efficient, car-like crossovers – especially those that still offer the seating and/or interior space of their larger counterparts.

The Nissan Murano-based JX35 appears to tick all those boxes. At 196.4 inches long, it’s a foot shorter than the QX, but interior space doesn’t suffer all that much. In fact, second row legroom is seven-tenths of an inch greater than that in the QX. Better yet, the smaller JX actually offers those relegated to the third row two inches more legroom than the giant QX.

Interior size may matter, but the JX also incorporates some neat flexibility within its cabin. The second row seats are adjustable fore/aft by about five and a half inches, and a trick feature allows access to the third row without removing any child safety seats installed in the second row positions.

Like the Murano, the JX is offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive forms. Motive power is provided by a 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, which is mated only with a continuously variable transmission. Infiniti says both forms of the JX35 should return 17/23 mpg (city/highway), which is a sizable improvement over the 14/20 mpg rating tied to the QX56.

For more on the 2013 Infiniti JX, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2011 Los Angeles Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our L.A. Show homepage.

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