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DRIVE Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The lighter side of luxury


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EFI swap made easy


Backing up

Infiniti has made most of its advanced electronic safety and crash-avoiding accessories available for the JX, plus a couple of first-time features. Leading this group is Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) that, when the JX is reversing, can detect vehicles in close proximity or crossing diagonally behind and apply the brakes.

Review. Sitting pretty with seven-passenger utility and a smaller footprint MALCOLM GUNN

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It’s said that portion control is an essential part of any successful weight-loss program. That appears to be what Infiniti is practising with its scaled-down sevenpassenger JX35 wagon. Nissan’s premium division currently markets the eight-passenger QX56 that uses Nissan’s Titan truck chassis and 400-horsepower V8. But it demands a $75,000 entry fee and possesses a significant appetite for fuel that requires increasingly deeper pockets to satisfy. It also checks in at a chunky 2,545 kilograms, which makes it a less-than-


The power lift gate gives you access to the largest cargo hold in its class.

lithe dance partner on the highway or when negotiating a parking spot. By contrast, the spanking new JX35 carries up to seven people across three rows of seats, but due to its passenger-car construction and smaller engine, it weighs about 365 kilograms less than the QX. It also touts a base price that’s about $30,000 shy of its bigger sibling. The JX gives Infiniti buyers another option in a category that includes the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, Volvo XC90 and Lincoln MKT. They now represent the luxury-class sweet spot as more buyers defect from the traditional sport utility vehicles to more size and fuel-efficient models. At $46,900 including destination charges, the JX35 makes a strong case for consideration in the luxury wagon bracket, where being in shape and packing the right gear gets you noticed every time.

For the Canadian market, the JX comes standard with an on-demand allwheel-drive system that directs 100 per cent of the engine’s torque to the front under normal driving conditions, but can split off half to the rear wheels to maximize grip under slippery conditions.

2013 Infiniti JX • Type. Four-door, all-wheeldrive luxury wagon. • Engine (hp): 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (265). • Mileage: L/100 km (city/hwy) 11.5/8.5. • Base Price (incl. destination): $46,900.


The heart of the JX is the same familiar 3.5-litre V6 that can be found on a number of Nissan/Infiniti products. For the JX application, it produces 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. That’s not a lot of thrust for this category, especially when non-luxury seven-passenger brands like the Mazda CX-9 pack more power. By comparison

The mere mention of switching to fuel injection from carburetion is likely enough to send many old-school car guys into convulsions, but the benefits are so overwhelming — better fuel economy, mid-range power, easy starting, less evaporative emissions, and, oh yes, it’s not a carburetor — that a change is hard to ignore. And with systems coming on stream that are easy to install and set up, there’s really no time like the present. MSD’s new Atomic throttle-body fuel-injection system needs just eight wired connections and a single fuel line (just like a carburetor) with no computer programming necessary. It uses your current four-barrel intake manifold and linkage, and you can even use your current air cleaner assembly. There’s a fantastic installation/setup video that should take any fear out of the conversion at


Acura MDX Base price: $54,700

This kink in the C-pillar immediately tells you that this is an Infiniti. There’s a bit of visual similarity to the larger QX.


Lincoln MKT Base price: $52,000

The JX provides a seven-passenger vehicle that uses a car-based front-wheel-drive platform and a thrifty V6. Previously, you had to step from the five-passenger FX right up to the eight-passenger QX.


Volvo XC90 Base price: $51,000

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