Infiniti JX35

Family got bigger again!

Ah, there’s another 7 seater; the family has gotten bigger again. JX35, the newest one to join Infiniti’s SUV lineup, shows there was actually a practical thought implemented with this one. QX56 was the only other third-row SUV in Infiniti’s bill, possibly favored by at least a few customers for its gigantic size, big engine and distinct design. Well, I have to admit, they did a good job to derive its current design. I should be explicit about the kind of customers meant here - those who look for 7 seats, 3 rows with the right proportions. This isn’t a car with a “Love at First Sight” reaction. I took a week-long time to convince myself (and who knows it will do the same FX effect) and the model gradually got onto my GOOD list.

Driving Impressions

We took a short trip around Dubai and first impressions suggest the intention of Infiniti: to board a concerned bunch and their families in the best of comfort and entertainment. Certainly that objective is achieved but at the cost of performance. We found a round knob directing to options like Sport, Eco and Snow. Snow must be there only because it’s US-made. Sport didn’t matter much, but what really irritated me was the CVT gear set. Though it offers a better fuel economy rate, immediate torque delivery was missing and it was felt best while overtaking or climbing up - downshift action being slow. On a straight road, JX is reasonably quiet and smooth until you try anything harsh or overdo it.

Powertrain

JX uses a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces a maximum of 265bhp power. A sport-tuned CVT gearbox was a surprise inclusion and I wonder if it made any difference. 20” alloy wheels is a standard option and other features include Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention. Navigation is also a standard and to entertain all the inmates, the JX has a 13-speaker Bose 2-channel Premium Sound system.

Exterior

In short, Infiniti JX will be the fourth SUV to fit in between the FX sporty crossover and the massive QX56. Apart from the new design, it maintains the brand’s trademark elegance with so many options starting from fog lights, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a power lift gate, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, a sunroof and keyless entry.

Interior

The dash layout inside resembles the Infiniti M and so I would like to limit my words, saying they are good, plush and convenient. Further, they look elegant throughout, thanks to beige and wood interior.

Backup Collision Intervention

Infiniti team introduced the Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) system, the first of its kind. According to them, the system detects oncoming vehicles and pedestrians that lie in the driver’s blind spots and apply the brake while reversing the car. It actually worked well, but time will tell if it is a really effective solid feature.

Verdict

At the end of the day, the best way to conclude is to realize its purpose. JX is for those who value luxury, rate security but with no compromise to comfort and ease. The class is no more a newcomer; JX should mind Lexus RX, Audi Q7 and the Cadillac SRX. By 2016, Infiniti aims to gain 10% of the luxury market around the world and so we can imagine that more developments are inevitable.

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