JX35: Stylish Mid-Size Luxury Crossover SUV

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Infiniti JX35

The Infiniti JX35 is a seven-passenger SUV that only comes in one well-appointed style. Boasting a ton of features and equipment, it gives a new meaning to the term “full-size luxury SUV.”

Based on the equally appealing Nissan Murano, the Infiniti JX35 is both wider and longer in an attempt to overshadow its older brother. It succeeds in its task remarkably well; there’s virtually no room for criticism when it comes to this SUV for a number of reasons. It boasts top-grade materials on the inside, both cabin and passenger space is more than generous, and leg and headroom is plentiful thanks to second-row seats that not only tilt, but also slides 6 inches forward and back. But it doesn’t end there: it also includes the latest safety advances such as systems that help you avoid incidents while backing up, as well as blind-spot collisions. Here’s what else you need to know.

More Than Adequate Power

At the heart of the JX35 is a V6 with 3.5 litres of volume that generates a respectable 265 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Interestingly, this transmission is able to imitate a manual transmission with fixed rations thanks to its Sport mode. If you plan to go slightly off-road, there’s the option of four-wheel drive; otherwise, front wheel drive is standard. When it comes to the official statistics, the JX35 gets to 100 kilometres per hour from a standstill in 8.2 seconds. While nothing particularly jaw-dropping, this is more than enough power considering the overall intended use and size of the JX35.

What to Expect From the Interior

There’s only one style of the JX35 and that is, well, the JX35. In other words, this is one well-appointed seven-passenger SUV that incorporates such standard features as keyless entry/ignition, a power liftgate, a sunroof, heated side mirrors, LED tail lights, fog lights, automatic bi-xenon headlights and 18-inch wheels. On the inside, expect to find an iPod/USB interface, a six speaker sound system with satellite radio, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a six-way power passenger seat, an eight-way power driver seat and leather upholstery. If you feel like playing around with the optional extras, on the other hand, you’re able to choose from Bluetooth streaming audio, voice-activated controls, a larger touchscreen display, a hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, as well as driver seat memory and power lumbar.

Top Safety Marks All Around

Safety was a big concern for the designer team behind the JX35, which is why the SUV incorporates everything from stability control, traction control and full-length side curtain airbags to front seat-mounted side airbags and antilock disc brakes. You’ll also able to benefit from stolen vehicle speed, location and geofencing notifications, remote door unlocking, as well as automatic collision notification thanks to the Infiniti Connection telematics service. Optional upgrades include automatic frontal and back-up collision mitigation systems, a 360-degree-view parking camera system, blind-spot warning, a lane departure warning and prevention system, as well as front and rear parking sensors.

An Infiniti Made to Serve a New Master

Because the Infiniti JX35 is an SUV that was not built so much for performance as much as it was engineered for passenger pampering, it serves a different master to what some might imagine. In other words, if you value moving your family with style, having the benefit of a wide safety net and are looking for a plush ride first and foremost, then the JX35 is THE SUV for you. Developed by a car maker known for reliability and safety, the JX35 is a force to be reckoned with even when you consider the modern new up-and-comers.