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by Tim Beissmann

Infiniti has released the final teaser image of the Infiniti JX Concept ahead of its official unveiling at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California on August 18.

This spy image (courtesy of Left Lane News) also reveals the interior for the first time. The cabin shares much with existing vehicles in the Infiniti line-up. It features plenty of dials and buttons, a large LCD display screen, and a classy combination of satin chrome and wood/piano black surface highlights.

Nissan’s luxury sports division will launch the seven-seat 2013 Infiniti JX in the second quarter of next year in North America.

Infiniti Australia’s general manager, Kevin Snell, told CarAdvice last week the JX was “definitely of interest” for the local market, and admitted he could see a role for a three-row crossover in the future.

Mr Snell said the local Infiniti division would look at the JX after the brand established its initial Q3 2012 launch vehicles: the FX crossover, M sedan and G37 coupe/convertible.

The Infiniti JX will compete with vehicles like the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

There is still no word on drivetrain specifics, although Infiniti has trademarked the names JX20, JX25, JX25h and JX30, among others, indicating that a range of smaller petrol, diesel and hybrid options are being considered.

The Infiniti JX is believed to be based on Nissan’s D platform, which underpins vehicles like the Nissan Maxima and Murano. The platform is front-wheel drive but can also support all-wheel drive.

Expect more details to be revealed next week at the JX Concept’s official unveiling.