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Infiniti JX (7-seat crossover) tease – now it’s the C-Pillar. Whoopee!

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Infiniti JX Concept Tease - now it's the kinky c-pillar

Last week we finally relented and decided we needed to cover the tease ahead of the launch at Pebble Beach of the Infiniti JX Crossover.

So far we’ve had a blurry motion image which gave us a familiar Crossover/SUV shape, a glimpse of the front from low-down on the front nearside three-quarters, and a shot of the tail light with a glimpse up the side of the JX.

We’re now treated to a photo looking down on the JX from the nearside rear three-quarters. This shows us a C-Shaped C-Pillar and what appears to be a full length/panoramic sunroof too.

But you don’t need the investigative powers of Poirot to deduct that the JX will be a variation on an Infiniti Crossover theme. Yes, it has elements of the Essence Concept in its C-Pillar – and the Etherea from Geneva too, for that matter – but most of the elements look predictably regular Infiniti.

Still, what competition will it have when it arrives, assuming it does arrive at some point in the UK? As a 7-seater the JX Crossover/SUV probably has just two targets – the Discovery 4 and the Volvo XC90.

The Discovery 4 is a very hard act to compete with; despite being a Land Rover it has liberal dustings of Range Rover Fairy Dust, a great interior, decent performance and the ability to soothe like little else. And it goes properly off road.

The Volvo XC90 may be the best part of a decade old, but it’s as loved by a certain section of Middle England – mainly comfortably-off families – as it ever was, where the XC90′s brilliant interior makes transporting a brood as painless as it’s ever going to be.

Difficult territory for the Infiniti JX to make an impact.

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By Cars UK