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Infiniti shows off seven-passenger JX concept

Infiniti showed off a concept version of a new three-row crossover to launch next year. The JX concept features room for seven passengers and will be powered by a V-6 engine.

Infiniti JX concept
Infiniti showed off the JX concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Infiniti

Ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Infiniti showed off a concept version of the JX. This new vehicle has three rows of seating for seven passengers, yet is marketed as a crossover.

Infiniti currently offers the EX and FX crossovers, both five-passenger vehicles, and the QX SUV, a badge engineered version of the Nissan Armada. The JX offers similar passenger space as the QX.

Infiniti says the JX, the production version of which will debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, will be powered by a V-6 engine. Unless Infiniti has developed a new engine, the V-6 should be from its VQ series, which ranges from 3.5 to 3.7 liters, and is used in many Infiniti and Nissan vehicles.

To help fuel economy, the JX will also get a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Infiniti says this new CVT has a Sport mode programmed to mimic a geared transmission.

Infiniti has developed a number of driver assistance technologies in its current models. For the JX, the company says it will offer blind-spot detection along with a new backup collision prevention system. When this system detects cross traffic behind the JX, it warns the driver and can even automatically hit the brakes.

The most innovative cabin tech feature announced by Infiniti is a telematics system that downloads the owner's calendar to the car. The system can load appointment addresses into the JX's navigation system.

The JX goes on sale in the spring of 2012 as a 2013 model.