Based on the tried and relatively true QX50 luxury compact SUV, the all-new 2022 Infiniti QX55 draws design inspiration from the Infiniti FX of nearly 20 years ago. Simultaneously, the 5-passenger QX55 SUV-coupe builds on the visual energy present in the current QX50, which was all-new for 2019.
Beyond its sleeker styling., the new 2022 Infiniti QX55 also looks a big step up in luxury and technology for Nissan's luxury brand, ready to compete against other compact luxury SUV-coupes, like the Audi Q5 Sportback, BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
Although based on the existing QX50, Infiniti says the new QX55 seeks to reinterpret the roofline of the original Infiniti FX35, which first went on sale in 2003. We think it succeeds, and the large double-arch grille, with folded origami-inspired elements, draws much of the attention.
“Recalling the past while looking toward the future is what inspired us to create the new Infiniti QX55,” explains Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Senior Vice President of Global Design. “Some SUVs try to deliver something to every buyer,” continued Albaisa. “We wanted to deliver a QX55 that can be everything to really passionate buyers.”
To that end, the new QX55 is a coupe-like SUV with a compelling presence. The slim roof rails pay homage to the original FX, and the grille is flanked by LED headlights shaped to mimic eyebrows. Front fog lights are surrounded by gloss-black trim, and the clamshell hood has shunt lines down at the front fenders. The hood is a 4-link design that integrates well with the A-pillars, and the fenders have character lines that stretch back to the QX55’s rear fenders.
Of note, 20-inch wheels are standard. They give the 2022 Infiniti QX55 a stable and planted look. Slanted D-pillars connect the roof to the rear fenders in a graceful way, and chrome trim around the greenhouse pinches down as it gets near Infiniti’s “Digital piano key” taillights. These taillights, says Infiniti, have a graceful light signature that’s unique and unforgettable in the dark. Other than that, the QX55 has a minimalist rear, with an Infiniti badge that spans the width of the standard power liftgate. In all, the new Infiniti QX55 has a handsome and athletic look.
What’s the same?
Underneath the 2022 QX55’s sleeker roof, it’s the mechanical twin of the more upright QX50. The engine that powers the QX55 is the same turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that brings the Infiniti QX50 to life. This powerplant produces a healthy 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All 2022 Infiniti QX55s have all-wheel-drive (AWD) and a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Inside, the 2022 Infiniti QX55 builds on the strengths of its QX50 donor chassis. Features include Infiniti's dual-screen, InTouch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, and multiple USB inputs for Android Auto compatibility and charging. The upper 8-inch and lower 7-inch high-resolution screens inform the driver and entertain passengers with an available Bose audio system delivered through up to 16 speakers providing a concert like acoustic experience.
Leatherette, leather, or semi-aniline leather surfaces for the seats adorn the QX55's spacious interior, and its sliding second-row seats provide flexible cargo capacity or increased legroom, depending on need.
When will it go on sale?
The new Infiniti QX55 arrives in the spring of 2021 as a 2022 model.
How much will it cost?
Just as rivals charge extra for their SUV-coupes (see the BMW X3 versus the pricier X4), expect the sleeker-looking 2022 Infiniti QX55 to be priced higher than the more traditional QX50, which starts at $45,495 CDN for the current 2021 model.