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May 26, 2013

New Infiniti JX makes families stand out

Infiniti is a luxury car brand that stands apart. It gives its models the high polish, stately comfort and self-assured performance common in the luxury class.

And it loads them with all the high-tech gear and gadgets that turn all luxury models into mobile companions and personal assistants that entertain and engage you while they help you reach destinations safely and with greater ease. But Infiniti parts with the pack in the character and attitude it gives its cars.

On the street you pick out an Infiniti for its boldly curvaceous sculpting. You notice a sturdy confidence in its stance. You detect independence in the way an Infiniti appears comfortably unique and aloof, willing to think for itself and resist bland, look-alike trends.

They are subtle distinctions, but they’re prominent enough to suit Infiniti vehicles to drivers who feel a similar flash of independence and self-confidence.

Now the luxury brand that stands apart is selling a new model that is a departure for Infiniti. The 2013 Infiniti JX is a seven-seat wagon that aims squarely at family transport. It is a new vehicle for Infiniti, introduced last spring and joining the car maker’s line-up of jaunty automobiles and expressive five-passenger wagons, plus its large and commodious sedan and SUV.

The JX is a crossover, a passenger car that also contains the popular aspects of a sport-utility vehicle, especially its rear cargo space, elevated ride, and optional four-wheel traction. At a list price of $42,245, a standard JX comes with front-wheel drive beneath a 3.5-liter V6 engine. All-wheel drive boosts the price by $1,400.

“We haven’t had anything in the family-vehicle segment before this,” stated Brian Heney, executive manager of Kelly Infiniti, Danvers. The closest Infiniti came before the 2013 JX was the QX. It also seats seven people, but the Infiniti QX is a top-line luxury SUV, larger in size and much higher in price, starting at about $65,000 for an all-wheel-drive model.

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