Cease us in case you’ve heard this earlier than. An automaker realizes SUVs of all styles and sizes promote like hotcakes and to maximise revenue, it releases a swoopy “coupe-like” variant of a number of of its conventional—squarer—SUV fashions. If that sounds acquainted, then it is as a result of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes all do it. Now you’ll be able to depend Infiniti amongst this group. The 2022 Infiniti QX55 hopes to problem autos such because the BMW X4, Audi Q5 Sportback, and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe.
Infiniti desires shoppers to assume again to the original Infiniti FX when eyeing the QX55, which cribs its sloping roofline from Infiniti’s notorious crossover. Whereas its profile harks again to Infiniti’s previous, the QX55’s entrance finish aggressively evolves Infiniti’s present design language. With its gaping maw and squinty headlights, the QX55 definitely seems to be daring. The remainder of this Infiniti’s design is extra conservative. That stated, commonplace 20-inch wheels and tires, a black roof spoiler, and “piano key” LED taillights give the QX55 a further styling edge over its QX50 stablemate.
Much less separates these two crossovers inside. In truth, the QX55’s passenger compartment seems to be almost equivalent to the QX50’s. This consists of the model’s middling dual-screen InTouch infotainment setup. The system helps wi-fi Apple CarPlay. Android customers, nevertheless, want to attach their machine to one of many automotive’s USB ports to make use of Android Auto. A 16-speaker Bose audio system is offered as an possibility on larger trims.
Just like the QX50, the QX55’s second-row seat bottoms slide to maximise both legroom or cargo area. Behind the rear bench, the QX55 has as much as 26.9 cubic ft of cargo area—5 cubes lower than its QX50 counterpart. Seat trim choices embody leatherette, leather-based, or semi-aniline leather-based appointments.
The QX55 affords three totally different trim ranges: Pure, Luxe, and Sensory. Pure serves as the bottom trim and misses out on consolation choices similar to an influence tilt and telescoping steering column, a motion-activated tailgate, cooled entrance seats, and three-zone computerized local weather management. Step as much as the Luxe trim and people niceties, together with Infiniti’s ProPilot Help driver-assist system and a head-up show, hit the options listing as both commonplace or optionally available equipment. Luxe fashions include all of the trimming.
Each QX55 is by Infiniti’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 268 hp at 5,600 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. A constantly variable computerized transmission sends that grunt to all 4 wheels by means of the crossover’s commonplace all-wheel-drive system. Though it is not a devoted off-road machine, the QX55 options 8.6 inches of floor clearance—greater than sufficient to saunter down the occasional dust street.
Pricing stays underneath wraps however we count on the QX55 to be a smidge pricier than the QX50. As such, search for the QX55 to begin proper across the $39,000 mark when it hits dealerships in spring 2021.