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2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Concept Takes To New Unibody Design 9
Jan
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, Infiniti JX, nissan, Nissan Pathfinder on 01 9th, 2012

The original conception of SUV’s came in the form of a truck-based platform. Lately, many SUV’s have taken a different direction incorporating a car-based unibody design. For upwards of 27 years the Nissan Pathfinder has been in existence first as a boxy body-on-frame design later going the way of a unibody structure and then for its last 7 years of existence, took on its original truck-based architectural roots.

Now the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder takes on a new face integrating the same underpinnings as the upcoming Infiniti JX. Built on a new unibody platform, the new Nissan Pathfinder will be lighter, stronger, and sportier than all previous conceptions. Still in “concept” form, the 2013 Nissan Pathrinder touts Nissan’s famed VQ-series V6 engine mated to their latest version of their CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Together, the new powertrain will yield a 25% improvement in fuel economy. Moreover, the new Pathfinder will feature an innovative 7-passenger seating configuration.

Hit up the official press release from the North American International Auto Show below for additional information while the new Pathfinder is still in concept form.

Nissan Pathfinder Concept Meets Changing Customer Needs for Enhanced Style, Comfort and Fuel Economy

– Pathfinder Concept Previews Innovative 4th Generation Design’s Fresh New Styling, Full-Size Roominess; Makes World Debut at North American International Auto Show –

In 1986, when the Nissan Pathfinder first appeared, it quickly revolutionized the sport utility vehicle segment. Offering previously unavailable features such as ample cargo room and a comfortable on-road ride, along with authentic off-road adventure performance, it immediately set a new standard in the emerging SUV class. Now 27 years and 1.2 million-plus Pathfinder sales later, a new dimension is about to be added to the popular nameplate with highly evolved, aerodynamic styling – previewed in the stylish Nissan Pathfinder Concept.

“If there is one constant among the first quarter century-plus of Pathfinder’s existence, it has been its ability to innovate, with each generation evolving to meet the changing needs of the customer,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With the upcoming, fourth-generation model, we’re about to re-invent Pathfinder again. We’ve created a vehicle with an extraordinary balance of SUV capability, thoughtful technology and premium comfort to lead the segment once again – and help owners accomplish more in the real world, not just off-road.”

One of the biggest changes to the upcoming Pathfinder design is the return to a unibody platform (also utilized on the second generation Pathfinder), which offers numerous benefits including enhanced interior packaging flexibility. This, in turn, provides an opportunity to create a more aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity. One constant through the previous generations of Pathfinder, and that continues into the new design, is its strong presence.

Moving upscale in look, the new exterior styling presents a smart fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength. The look is adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance. The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars, which flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. The new Pathfinder utilizes front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors and rear suspension fairings to help achieve what is expected to be among the best aerodynamic performance in the segment.

Other exterior details include a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles and large rear combination lights. A panoramic dual-panel moonroof, with sliding opening front panel and fixed rear glass panel, combines with the large windows to create an open, airy interior environment.

The Pathfinder Concept provides full-size cabin roominess inside, yet with a highly manageable exterior size. In one other important measurement, the next-gen Pathfinder is expected to weigh substantially less than the previous body-on-frame design, which helps contribute to the enhanced fuel economy performance.

“With its new, aerodynamically optimized shape, the styling is a major step forward in the evolution of the SUV – retaining its people and cargo hauling utility without looking quite so utilitarian,” said Castignetti. “It’s fitting that a vehicle that tackles adventures in a whole new way also now completely looks the part.”

Details on the Pathfinder Concept’s all-new 3-row, 7-passenger interior, featuring an array of innovative seating, comfort, entertainment and convenience features, will be released in the near future.

Addressing buyers’ desire for more efficiency in every aspect of their lives, the Pathfinder powertrain utilizes a refined V6 engine mated to a next-generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to provide an expected 25 percent increase in combined City/Highway fuel economy (over the previous V6-equipped design). The Pathfinder Concept also features an intuitive four-wheel drive system and a towing capacity comparable to the leaders in the segment.


“With the new engine and CVT combination’s unprecedented efficiency, it maintains nearly the same horsepower as the previous generation’s larger displacement V6, as well as a similar driving feel,” said Castignetti. “It also retains its ability to tow boats, jet skis, trailers and a variety of other recreational gear, and its role as an excellent vehicle for unfavorable driving conditions with four-wheel drive.”

The next-gen Nissan Pathfinder, based on the Pathfinder Concept design, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in fall 2012.

“The new Pathfinder carries on the tradition of the adventure-ready vehicles that have come before – offering a new level of family enjoyment and engagement that is just right for today’s real-world, everyday uses,” concluded Castignetti. “After more than 25 years, Pathfinder is ready to tackle new terrain and the new challenges of modern family lives.”

[source: Nissan]



Is Infiniti Changing To FWD For Future Models? 30
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, Kurt, News on 08 30th, 2011

Infiniti's upcoming JX luxury crossover. Image: Infiniti

One of the things that’s led to Infiniti’s success in the luxury market is the handling of its automobiles. Although a few previous models (like the I30 and I35) were built on a front wheel drive platform, the bulk of Infiniti’s cars have been built with a front engine, rear drive configuration. That’s given the automaker the semi-official designation as “the BMW of Japan,” but now Autoweek is reporting that a change may be in the works.

Infiniti, it seems, wants to adopt a front engine, front drive layout for future vehicles. Per Infiniti’s VP of Product Planning, Larry Dominque, “customers really don’t care about the platform beneath the car;” in other words, Infiniti customers are more concerned with styling and interior room than with how their cars handle. I’m not sure I buy into that logic, since every Infiniti customer I’ve ever met knows perfectly well the difference between front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive. Take away one of the things that makes Infiniti unique, and you’ll remove a lot of potential customers from showrooms.

If you guessed that profit was one motive behind the move, you’d be correct. Front engine, front drive platforms are cheaper to build, but they do offer the buyer greater interior room since FWD vehicles can be built with a flat rear floor. They can generate better fuel economy, too, which is a critical concern of all automakers thanks to the pending CAFE standards. Dominque insists that “the performance they need” can be delivered via a front wheel drive platform, but I’d caution him on that point. The performance Infiniti thinks it needs and the performance that Infiniti’s customers expect may be two different things.

Before you start flooding Infiniti with e-mails and phone calls, Dominque insists that Infiniti’s G series and M series, its staple sport sedans, will remain on a front engine, rear drive platform, which leaves the FWD door open for vehicles like the new JX crossover. We’d fight the switch to FWD on sport sedans to the death, but if Infiniti decides that front drive is best for their largest luxury crossovers, I don’t think fans will be storming corporate headquarters with pitchforks and torches.

Source: Autoweek, via EGM Car Tech



No More Teasing: Infiniti Releases Complete JX Crossover Preview Images 18
Aug
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News, SUV on 08 18th, 2011

Leave it to social network pages to tease you with spectacular introductions to new features, stories and in some cases, an all-new automobile. In the case of Infiniti, they have decided to finally release complete images of the upcoming Infiniti JX Concept 7-passenger crossover vehicle just before its intro at Pebble Beach this weekend.

We are told the images of the JX Concept, seen here, are a fairly accurate preview of the forthcoming 2013 Infiniti JX. Set to compete with the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GL and Buick Enclave, the Infiniti FX will be the first three-row luxury crossover for the automaker.

Ben Poore, Infiniti Americas vice president, said in a prepared release, “And like every segment Infiniti enters, we plan to shake up the status quo with a vehicle that is guaranteed to become the new benchmark for style, hospitality, roominess, advanced telematics, and safety technologies.”… “With the JX, you will even be able to leave a child seat latched to the 2nd row while getting in or out of the 3rd row – just one example of the vehicle’s inspired flexibility and versatility,” added Poore.  “The 3rd row isn’t the typical penalty box either, with adult-sized room for all occupants and five-and-a-half inches of 2nd row forward-back adjustability.”

It is rather obvious that the JX will fill the gap between the FX and QX SUVs. Even the styling seems to be a bridge between the two.

JX37 anyone? Some technical details have yet to be released on the new JX but we now know that it will be powered by the companies prided VQ-series V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission. Additionally, we would not be surprised at all to see the hybrid powerplant from the Infiniti M35h make its way into the new JX.

Want to see the JX in the flesh? You will have to wait until Saturday, August 20th to catch a glimpse of the new JX at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A 1 pm EST (12:00 noon CST, 10 am PDT) live chat with Shiro Nakamura, SVP and Chief Creative Officer and Ben Poore, VP Infiniti Americas will be able to answer your questions live directly from Pebble Beach via links on the Infiniti Facebook page.

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Infiniti JX Concept Makes World Debut at

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

 

– Innovative 7-Passenger, 3-Row Luxury Crossover Concept Previews Latest Addition to Infiniti “Inspired Performance” Lineup, Set for Spring 2012 On Sale –

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2011) – The Infiniti JX Concept, a preview of an innovative new 7-passenger/3-row luxury crossover that joins the Infiniti lineup in spring 2012, made its world debut today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  The JX Concept was unveiled by Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura prior to its display throughout the weekend’s activities at the famed Lodge at Pebble Beach.

“The JX Concept advances the Infiniti design language, sharing design cues of the Infiniti Essence concept, yet interprets those elements in ways suitable to the needs of a family luxury crossover,” said Nakamura.  “From the dramatic front grille and headlight design to the crescent-cut D-pillar and greenhouse shape, the JX Concept shines as a fresh, bold alternative to the many flavors of vanilla currently dominating the three-row luxury crossover segment.”

Beyond its stunning exterior, the new Infiniti JX Concept is designed to excel in three areas where luxury crossover buyers put an emphasis – interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and innovative hospitality features.

“The three-row luxury crossover segment is one of the fastest growing among all luxury vehicle segments, providing a huge opportunity for Infiniti,” explained Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore.  “And like every segment Infiniti enters, we plan to shake up the status quo – with a vehicle that is guaranteed to instantly become the new benchmark for style, hospitality, roominess, advanced telematics and safety technologies.”

In the interior, for example, the production Infiniti JX will offer what is expected to be class-leading roominess, along with a 2nd row seat design that tilts and slides forward providing exceptionally easy 3rd row access.

“With the JX, you will even be able to leave a child seat latched to the 2nd row while getting in or out of the 3rd row – just one example of the vehicle’s inspired flexibility and versatility,” added Poore. “The 3rd row isn’t the typical penalty box either, with adult-sized room for all occupants and five-and-a-half inches of 2nd row forward-back adjustability.”

The Infiniti JX continues Infiniti’s tradition of developing world’s first technologies, offering the currently available Blind Spot Intervention and adding a new feature, Backup Collision Intervention.  With this technology, when the transmission is in reverse, the JX will help the driver detect crossing objects behind the vehicle and, if necessary, the system will automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision.

The Infiniti JX will also offer technologies designed to make owners lives a bit easier and more efficient, such as a 14-speaker Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with Waveguide bass technology and an advanced Infiniti Connection Telematics system that can automatically synch the owner’s calendar and provide navigation guidance to appointments.  It will also feature the Infiniti Personal Assistant, Infiniti’s new personal concierge service with 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants.  The Infiniti Personal Assistant benefit is now offered free-of-charge with every 2012 Infiniti vehicle purchase.

And, in keeping with Infiniti’s “Inspired Performance,” the Infiniti JX will offer a balance of driving exhilaration and fuel efficiency through a combination of a powerful V6 engine and all-wheel or front-wheel drive.  The Infiniti JX will also be the first Infiniti to utilize a sport-tuned, but fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission.  The CVT will mimic a step transmission when the Sport mode of the Infiniti drive selector is engaged.  Additional information regarding the drivetrain and other systems will be provided at the debut of the production version of the all-new Infiniti JX at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2011.

“As a premium crossover with a real 3rd row – along with Infiniti levels of hospitality and driving pleasure, the new JX is another breakthrough design from the brand that has been breaking new ground for more than 20 years,” Nakamura added.  “We will continue to challenge conventional thinking.”

In addition, in conjunction with the global reveal of the Infiniti JX, Infiniti is launching the JX Concept “Power of 7” Challenge on Facebook.  The challenge invites fans to submit inspiring creations relating to seven Infiniti JX categories: Epicurean, Art & Fashion, Film, Interior Design, Music, Athletics and Technology & Science.  The community will vote on the submissions, and winners in each category will receive a cash prize and compete to win trip to 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.  More information, including official rules, is available at www.facebook.com/infiniti.

Source: Infiniti



Infiniti Releases 7th & Final JX Teaser Image Hours Before Official Reveal 18
Aug
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News, SUV on 08 18th, 2011

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is here and Infiniti is ready to officially unveil their new 7-passenger crossover vehicle, the new Infiniti JX. Infiniti rolled out the final teaser image of the upcoming Infiniti JX on their Facebook page showing a side profile of the new crossover.

So far we have been pleased with what we have seen in what Infiniti calls their “Power of 7” experience leading up to the global reveal tonight. We can’t wait to see what the new JX looks like in person. Tune into Infiniti’s Facebook page for live updates and a chat session leading up to the reveal at Pebble Beach.

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6th Infiniti JX Concept Teaser Image Reveals Grill Action 11
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News on 08 11th, 2011

Infiniti is milking the remaining time leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance when they will officially introduce the new Infiniti JX Concept, their new 7-passenger crossover vehicle. The 6th teaser image, just released on Infiniti’s Facebook page, is not as shocking as the previous 5 although it does give us another angle to view the front fascia and grill. Look for the new Infiniti JX Concept to be introduction alongside of the new 2012 Infiniti FX on August 21st.


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5th Infiniti JX Teaser Image Reveals Rear-End 4
Aug
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News, SUV on 08 4th, 2011

Infiniti has released its 5th teaser image via Facebook leading up to the official introduction of their new 7-passenger crossover, the all-new Infiniti JX. The new image looks to be a cross between the current QX56 and FX SUVs. The new JX, being a CUV, should prove to be a more attractive purchase over the big QX aka Land Yacht in more ways than one. Look for the Infiniti JX to debut at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in just a few weeks.


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Infiniti Rolls Out 4th Teaser Image of new JX Crossover Concept 28
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News on 07 28th, 2011

Infiniti just released a 4th image of the new JX Crossover Concept. The new Infiniti JX will be the newest vehicle in the lineup which will feature 7-passenger seating. So far the teaser images seem to be shaping up an interesting design surly to appeal to current Infiniti owners and future luxury crossover consumers. A total of 7 ‘teaser’ images will be released via Infiniti’s Facebook page in the weeks to come leading up to the official introduction of the all-new JX at the Pebble Beach Concours.

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Infiniti JX Teased 8
Jul
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Infiniti JX, LA Auto Show, teaser on 07 8th, 2011

The Infiniti JX is in the news again. The car maker has unmasked an official teaser image of its JX concept car, quite ahead of its August 18th debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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As many as 7 teaser images were released as part of the automaker’s exclusive “Power of 7″ social media campaign.

This car has apparently been inspired by the FX and Etherea Concept. A sleek exterior comes with nice curves and sunken headlights. The seven-seater crossover vehicle is being made to attracting families who look for good spacious interiors.

The latest in-vehicle technology, including next-generation telematics, have been thrown in. The JX production version will hit the Los Angeles Auto Show, before it reaches the showrooms by next year’s Spring.



Infiniti Rolling Out Teaser Images of new JX Crossover Concept 7
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 07 7th, 2011

Infiniti has released a new teaser photo of their upcoming JX Concept Crossover vehicle. The new Infiniti JX is slated to be a 7-passenger crossover officially revealed in the flesh at the upcoming 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18th.

The new Infiniti JX Crossover will be a 7-seater revealed in a set of 7-photos as part of a “Power of 7” marketing campaign. The photos will show up on Infiniti’s Facebook page first along with a contest for Facebook fans to enter to win a trip to the Pebble Beach Concours. The new JX crossover has a preliminary sales date for Spring of 2012. From the looks of the latest teaser image, it appears to resemble the current Infiniti FX model. Could this be the 7-passenger FX that we always wanted? Maybe!



Infiniti Rolling Out Teaser Images of new JX Crossover Concept 7
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti JX, News, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 07 7th, 2011

Infiniti has released a new teaser photo of their upcoming JX Concept Crossover vehicle. The new Infiniti JX is slated to be a 7-passenger crossover officially revealed in the flesh at the upcoming 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18th.

The new Infiniti JX Crossover will be a 7-seater revealed in a set of 7-photos as part of a “Power of 7” marketing campaign. The photos will show up on Infiniti’s Facebook page first along with a contest for Facebook fans to enter to win a trip to the Pebble Beach Concours. The new JX crossover has a preliminary sales date for Spring of 2012. From the looks of the latest teaser image, it appears to resemble the current Infiniti FX model. Could this be the 7-passenger FX that we always wanted? Maybe!



2013 Infiniti JX Spied 8
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Concept car news, Infiniti JX, Los Angeles Auto Show, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on 06 8th, 2011

We have for you the latest spied snaps of 2013 Infiniti JX undergoing testing in the United States. Have a look.


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As you can see in the pictures, the model is heavily camouflaged. No matter, one could easily figure out that the seven-seat variant is inspired from EX and Etherea concept. Earlier, official sources had said that the JX will feature “a stunning interior”, exceptional seating flexibility, easy access to the roomy third row, and the latest in-vehicle technology – including next-generation telematics.

Infiniti is reported to have been on plans to unveil a JX concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However, the production model will be introduced only at the Los Angeles Auto Show. JX will eventually be launched probably by the spring of 2012.

So, stay tuned to know more.

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