Competes with: Audi Q5, Lincoln Corsair, Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Looks like: Infiniti is full-on embracing the coupelike SUV trend, a la 2003
Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 268 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque and continuously variable automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2021
SUVs are still riding a popularity wave, and so, too, is a subset of the class: the coupelike SUV. Infiniti is the latest brand to ape the swoopy roofline pioneered by the likes of BMW’s X6 and Infiniti’s original FX SUV. The luxury brand says the 2022 QX55 is the spiritual successor to that swoopy, angular FX.
The compact SUV’s dramatic styling definitely calls to mind the FX, which first went on sale for the 2003 model year. To wit, the QX55 wears a similar steeply sloped rear roofline, raked rear window and creased body to create an eye-catching silhouette.
In front, it wears a version of the brand’s double-arch grille, with an origami-inspired mesh pattern. Infiniti says the standard LED headlights mimic the shape of a human eye. Bracketing the face are deep-set foglights trimmed in gloss black. In back, horizontal taillights with a piano-key design stretch below the window pillar.
Twenty-inch wheels are standard, and eight exterior colors are available: Dynamic Sunstone Red, Slate Gray, Majestic White, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Mineral Black, Black Obsidian and Hermosa Blue.
Size-wise, the QX55 is 186.3 inches long, just a bit longer than the QX50 compact SUV (184.7), but it’s the same width as the QX50 and just a bit shorter in overall height. Infiniti says the QX55 has 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, a little less than the QX50’s 31.4 cubic feet. It also has 38.7 inches of rear-seat legroom, the same as the QX50.
Inside, the QX55 uses the latest version of Infiniti’s dual-screen InTouch multimedia system, which has an 8-inch screen on top and a 7-inch screen on the bottom. Wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard — a first for Infiniti. What about us Android users? The system is compatible with Android Auto, but via wired connection only.
A moonroof, power liftgate, four USB ports (one Type-C and three Type-A ports) and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (to support up to seven devices) are standard. Other available features include a Bose premium audio system, active noise cancellation and a head-up display.
Interior color combinations include Graphite, Stone and Graphite, and Monaco Red and Graphite. Simulated leather upholstery is standard, with leather upholstery optional. Dark brushed-aluminum trim or black Natural Maple open-pore wood trim are available.
Engine and Transmission
All trims will use a familiar powertrain: Infiniti’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 268 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque (it’s currently in the QX50). As with the QX50, the four-cylinder again pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.
A drive mode selector is also standard. Via a console-area dial, the programmable system lets the driver change shift points, steering assist and drivetrain response via Standard, Eco, Sport and Personal modes. Sport mode also engages a more aggressive engine note transmitted through the cabin by the audio system.
Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist driver-assistance system is available on Essential trims and standard on Sensory models. It includes adaptive cruise control down to a stop and lane-centering steering. Standard safety features across the lineup include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist and a traffic sign detection system.
The 2022 Infiniti QX55 goes on sale in the spring of 2021.
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