From the M30 to the upcoming QX55, Infiniti has built some gorgeous coupes and coupe-SUVs.
In terms of coupe-SUV design, the new 2022 Infiniti QX55 is one of the more stylish interpretations of the concept. Arriving in spring 2021, it will go up against German competitors like the BMW X4. However, the original coupe form - a sleek, low-slung, two-door vehicle - seems to be under threat. Cadillac no longer sells a two-door coupe of any kind, while the stylish Honda Civic Coupe has also been discontinued. Infiniti still offers the stylish Q60 coupe, though, and as a build-up to the QX55 coupe-SUV's launch, the Japanese marque looks back at its memorable coupe models over the last 31 years.
The original Infiniti coupe was the M30 which was sold alongside the Q45 sedan. It featured a 162-horsepower V6 engine, rear-wheel drive, and an optional "Sonar Suspension II" system that contributed to its smooth ride.
It would be many years before Infiniti really made an impact in the coupe segment, but that happened when the G35 was launched in 2002. With rakish good looks, a comfortable cabin, and a V6 engine that was eventually tuned to produce close to 300 hp, it was a truly desirable alternative to the Germans.
After this came the Infiniti FX - eventually rebadged as the QX70 - in 2003, a vehicle that could be viewed as a spiritual predecessor to the new QX55. It was a stylish coupe-like crossover long before the segment exploded in popularity. Notably, the FX was also offered with a 390-hp V8 engine - we even called it the most unique car that Infiniti had ever built.
Following in the footsteps of the G35 was the G37, which repeated the successful Infiniti coupe recipe of entertaining RWD dynamics, a luxurious cabin, and a sweet-sounding V6 engine. It could rev all the way to 7,500 rpm and a convertible model was offered as well. The next evolution came with the arrival of the Q60, which helped to usher in the turbocharging era. In its highest state of tune, it delivers a potent 400 hp from its twin-turbo V6.
When it arrives later this year, the QX55's crossover body style and 2.0-liter turbo-four engine will mark a significant departure from earlier Infiniti coupes. Then again, Infiniti proved it was ahead of its time with the FX, so the QX55 arrives at the ideal time to take advantage of changing customer tastes.