Infiniti pegs JX to start at $41,400
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LOS ANGELES -- Infiniti's new seven-passenger JX35 crossover will start at $41,400 when it reaches showrooms next spring as a 2013 model.
The three-row JX35 will come in two versions, a front-wheel-drive model starting at $41,400, including $950 in destination charges, and an all-wheel-drive version that starts at $42,500. Both models will come with a 265-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine and continuously variable transmission, the company announced today at the Los Angeles auto show.
Infiniti expects the JX to become one of its large-volume products, competing against models such as the Acura MDX and Lexus RX. It will be manufactured at Nissan North America's plant in Smyrna, Tenn.
Acura's popular MDX, also a seven-passenger crossover, is priced starting at $43,815, including freight. But the MDX comes standard as an awd model. The Lexus RX starts at $39,950 as a fwd model, including freight.
Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti, said today he expects about 65-70 percent of JX sales to be the awd version.
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Infiniti hopes to make it onto shopping lists with advanced technology options and what it claims to be segment-leading passenger and cargo space.
A $2,200 technology option package will feature the Around View Monitor, which gives drivers a 360-degree birds'-eye view of the vehicle during parking. It will also introduce a technology Infiniti calls Backup Collision Intervention. The system will automatically engage the vehicle's brakes while backing up if sensors detect an object in its path.
Infiniti revealed the upcoming crossover to an exclusive audience at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. But today was its world debut at an auto show.
In revealing pricing in Los Angeles, company executives said that retailers are now taking advanced orders for the model.
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