Infiniti's new coupe SUV is here to battle the BMW X4.
It's been nearly six months since the 2022 Infiniti QX55 coupe SUV was unveiled as a stylish alternative to the conventional QX50. Now, the Infiniti QX55 is arriving in dealers across the US and Canada to try and lure buyers away from the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe.
Earlier this month, the QX55 went on sale in showrooms in North America and will soon be available in global markets. In the US, Infiniti launched a successful digital reservation program allowing owners to secure their 2022 QX55, which exceeded the automaker's expectations.
"The early reactions to the Infiniti QX55 have been incredibly positive," said Jeff Pope, group vice president of Infiniti America. "We exceeded our goals for reservations in just a few weeks, which means to me that the bold QX55 is already turning heads."
Under the hood, the QX55 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and a variable compression ratio that can improve the fuel economy or performance depending on the driver's requirements.
Three trims for the QX55 are available: Luxe, Essential, and Sensory. The base model is generously equipped, with wireless Apple CarPlay support, 20-inch wheels, heated front seats, a power-sliding tinted glass moonroof, and all-wheel drive offered as standard.
Be prepared to pay a premium for the QX55's coupe styling, though. Starting at $46,500 excluding destination and handling charges, the QX55 is around $9,000 more expensive than the regular QX50.
Now that the QX55 has gone on sale, Infiniti is preparing to launch the next-generation QX60. Previewed by the QX60 Monograph design study last year, the new three-row QX60 will join the QX55 by the end of the year. Infiniti claims the QX60 will be the company's safest crossover yet thanks to the latest version of Nissan's ProPilot driver assist technology that utilizes sensors, cameras and navigation information to assist the driver.
It will also be a capable off-roader, with a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds, an advanced AWD system, and a new nine-speed gearbox. Leaked photos have also shown the QX60 will have a more upscale interior featuring a floating display for the infotainment system and a fully digital instrument cluster.