The BMW X4 challenger looks good.
It's been a year since Infiniti teased the QX55 coupe-SUV, essentially a more rakish version of the QX50 SUV, and now it has been fully revealed. As somewhat of a spiritual successor to the Infiniti FX, the new QX55's stylish shape will see it go up against German rivals like the BMW X4. Infiniti unveiled the QX55 in a glitzy concert experience streamed from Los Angeles, an event that featured global superstar Aloe Blacc.
We'll begin with the 2022 Infiniti QX55's exterior design, which is at once bold, modern, and linked to other members of the Infiniti family. In front, there is a large grille with an origami-like mesh design, flanked by standard LED headlights. 20-inch wheels are standard, while the sloping roofline leads to piano key taillights. The body can be painted in hues like Dynamic Sunstone Red, Hermosa Blue, and Majestic White.
The luxurious cabin shares several styling cues with the QX50 and features what Infiniti describes as a "driver-centric" design. There are some tasteful color combinations like Stone/Graphite and Monaco Red/Graphite, along with the brand's much-touted zero gravity seats that are claimed to reduce fatigue.
Leatherette makes way for semi-aniline leather on upper trims, and Infiniti claims more rear-seat legroom and cargo space than rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Infiniti has focused on cutting-edge technology, not just luxury, and all QX55's enjoy dual HD touchscreens. Wireless Apple CarPlay, meanwhile, arrives in an Infiniti vehicle for the first time. Other tech highlights accessible to the driver and passengers are an available 16-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an available head-up display.
The list of driver-assist technologies includes intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning, and traffic sign detection.
Underneath the skin, the QX55 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. It's the first mass-production variable-compression engine in the world. The compression ratio varies between 14:1 and 8:1, with benefits being both improved efficiency and strong low-down power. In the QX50, we found the powertrain to be good rather than breathtaking in its delivery.
Paired with the turbocharged engine is a continuously variable transmission with shift-by-wire tech and the brand's intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Up to 50 percent of the engine's power can be directed to the rear wheels when required.
Four driving modes - Standard, ECO, Sport, and Personal - can be used to tailor the crossover's responses. With a four-wheel independent suspension and the brand's Body Motion Control, the QX55 promises both sharp handling and excellent long-distance comfort.
"We set the stage nearly 20 years ago with the FX, and the all-new Infiniti QX55 brings us back, close to the soul of our brand," said Peyman Kargar, Infiniti Chairman.
In the US, three trims will be offered: Luxe, Essential, and Sensory. Infiniti has not yet revealed pricing, but we expect the QX55 to come in at a premium over the QX50, especially since it ships with AWD as standard. The QX50, by the way, begins at $37,950. The 2022 QX55 will start arriving in local showrooms in the spring of 2021.