By Drew Johnson
Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2012 @ 9:56 am
 
Infiniti has officially commenced production of its all-new JX35 three-row luxury crossover at the company's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee. In addition to being Infiniti's first three-row crossover, the Japanese automaker also claims that the JX35 is the first-ever luxury vehicle to be produced in the state of Tennessee.

The first JX35 - finished in the nameplate's signature Emerald Green paint color - rolled off the assembly line in front of Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger, Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore and U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais of the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee. The JX promises to be an important product for Infiniti as the brand expects the crossover to quickly become its second-best selling model.

"The luxury crossover market is the fastest growing luxury segment in America, representing a huge opportunity for Infiniti," said Poore. "In fact, we expect JX to quickly become our second highest volume model, right behind the popular Infiniti G-line."

The JX, which represents just the second Infiniti model to ever be built on U.S. soil, will arrive on dealer lots next month with a starting price of $40,450. The JX will compete in the rather sparse three-row luxury crossover segment, with vehicles like the Lincoln MKT and Buick Enclave standing as its only true rivals.