Infiniti is now aiming at the BMW X4 with the brand-new QX55 coupe SUV

Remember the old Infiniti FX, the company’s first attempt at the coupe-styled SUV market? Or maybe you remember it as the QX70 following its name change in 2013? Don’t worry if you don’t, it wasn’t a very remarkable vehicle and it was discontinued in 2017 anyway. But Infiniti just introduced a spiritual successor that looks infinitely better. It’s called the QX55 and yes, it’s a coupe version of the more familiar QX50. And it’s coming to the U.S. in spring 2021 to take on the German competition.

The Infiniti QX55 is a hot SUV if you’re into coupe-style crossovers

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A coupe roof on an SUV is a cool idea, but not all crossovers in this niche are pretty. The BMW X4 and X6, for instance, have been criticized for their hunchback look, while the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is also of the "love it or hate it" design. The old Infiniti FX and QX70 wasn’t all that great either, but the Japanese firm nailed it with the QX55. Sure, the rear end is still plagued by the extremely short deck lid and tall fascia some don’t like on other models, but the muscular fenders and the rounded roofline make things significantly better.

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Although based on the QX50, the QX55 brings quite a few changes to the table.

The front grille is larger and boasts an origami-like mesh inlay, while the front bumper is unique to this model and features taller side vents. Around back, we can see piano-key taillights, a feature that doesn’t come from the QX50, but from the recently redesigned QX60. The 20-inch wheels shown in these photos are unique to the QX55 and come standard.

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The QX55’s cabin is obviously based on the QX50, but you can opt for bolder upholstery colors and even a two-tone look. Two-tone leather and semi-aniline leather, however, are only offered on the mid-range Essential and top-spec Sensory trims. If you go with the entry-level trim, you’ll have to settle for faux leather. The range-topping model also comes with open-pore wood trim on the dashboard and door panels, a stylish solution to the carbon-fiber and aluminum usually found in sporty SUVs. The infotainment system is shared with the QX50, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are now standard.

The Infiniti QX55 comes with reduced rear-seat headroom and a smaller trunk

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The downside of a coupe-style SUV is that its offers less headroom for rear-seat passengers and a small trunk compared to its regular sibling. The QX55 is no exception from this rule, so tall passengers may find the rear-seat compartment a bit cramped. The trunk is also a bit smaller compared to the QX50. Specifically, while the latter offers 31.5 cubic feet of luggage room, the QX55 comes with 26.9 cubic feet, a decrease of 4.6 cubic feet.

The Infiniti QX55 hides a turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood

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The QX55 shares underpinnings with the QX50, but that’s actually good news, because oomph comes from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that packs a muscular 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

The big news here is that the QX55 is fitted with Infiniti’s all-wheel-drive system as standard. Performance figures aren’t yet available, but the coupe-style SUV should hit 60 mph from a standing start in around 6.4 seconds, while top speed should kick in at 155 mph.

2022 Infiniti QX55 specifications
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 268 HP
Torque 280 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 6.4 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

The Infiniti QX55 is the brand’s answer to the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

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The company's first venture into this niche, the QX55 will go against the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

A shrunken X6 based on the X3, the BMW X4 is among the earliest coupe SUVs in the compact market, having been launched in 2014. Now in its second generation, it’s available with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines globally. At 268 horsepower, the QX55 is a competitor for the X4 xDrive30i trim, powered by a 248-horsepower four-cylinder. But BMW also offers an M40i trim with 355 horsepower and an X4 M model with 473 and 503 horsepower (Competition version).

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe arrived in 2016 and it’s also available with more drivetrains than the Infiniti, including a hybrid. The GLC 300 Coupe 4Matic would be a direct rival thanks to its four-cylinder rated at 242 horsepower. But just like BMW, Mercedes offers higher performance models like the AMG GLC 43 Coupe (362 horsepower), AMG GLC 63 Coupe (469 horsepower), and the AMG GLC 63 S Coupe (503 horsepower).

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Streaming performance featuring superstar Aloe Blacc, powered by Live Nation, highlights INFINITI QX55’s connection to soul of the brand
Provocative shape and decadent interior highlight all-new SUV, bound for U.S. and Canada in spring 2021
Standard 20-inch wheels, wireless Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive standard for all models in North America

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Lights up, cameras on, and sound rolling, INFINITI today launched the all-new QX55 SUV via a one-of-a-kind streaming concert experience from Los Angeles. The INFINITI QX55 is the spiritual successor to another one-of-a-kind moment: the INFINITI FX. Like its predecessor, the QX55’s daring roofline and provocative shape are in tune with equally bold buyers; the QX55 doesn’t have something for all people — it aims to be everything to some people.

"The new INFINITI QX55 is a statement-maker, designed to deliver first-class comfort and stand out everywhere it goes. It’s a unique fusion of style and substance," said INFINITI Chairman Peyman Kargar.

The show-stealing QX55 was unveiled by global superstar Aloe Blacc, whose music connects to INFINITI with its verve and unmistakable sound. Known for his standout hits, "The Man," "Wake Me Up," and "I Need A Dollar," Blacc’s performance set the table for a new era of exciting vehicle reveals. Blacc’s performance in the iconic Belasco Theater in Los Angeles married to immersive discussions with Senior Vice President of Global Design Alfonso Albaisa and INFINITI’s General Manager, Product Strategy and Planning Eric Rigaux in Tokyo, and brand chief Kargar’s introduction to the star-studded night, produced with Live Nation.

"The all-new INFINITI QX55 is classy. It just looks sleek, and it feels like it’s quality. Ultimately, the only thing I ever want to engage with is quality. From the musicians that I pick, to the food that I eat, to the car that I drive. I like to know that something is crafted with intention and purpose and that there’s quality behind every measure of it," Blacc said.

The QX55’s design retains all of INFINITI’s daring design hallmarks, delivering a fresh interpretation of the FX silhouette. The QX55 inserts INFINITI back into a category it helped to create with an unapologetic style. The signature double-arch grille is complemented by a stunning, origami-inspired mesh pattern that delivers visual depth and showcases modern Japanese-inspired artistry. Flanked by standard LED headlights that mimic the human eye, the QX55 announces its arrival in style.

Along the body sides, the QX55’s alluring profile has plenty to say but doesn’t speak out of turn. The elegant and flowing lines reach from the hood, over the front fenders, across the doors, and over the rear wheels. Twenty-inch wheels are standard on all QX55 models, which fill the wheel arches and assert the SUV’s dynamic presence.

The rear of the QX55 accentuates the subtlety of the automaker’s design and interpretation of Japanese minimalism by coupling an uncluttered liftgate with handsome, understated technology to deliver a lasting impression. Digital "piano key" taillights combine 45 separate LEDs in a single housing to create an elegant light signature, recently featured on the stunning QX60 Monograph design study. The INFINITI logo on the tailgate is similarly advanced and houses the power liftgate release, which further frees the rear end from clutter.

Inside, the QX55 features 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 appointments 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.

Under the hood of every QX55 is INFINITI’s award-winning and innovative Variable Compression Turbo four-cylinder engine that makes 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The dynamic engine imperceptibly changes its compression and displacement to deliver enhanced efficiency or on-demand power, based on the driver’s needs. That power is shifted through a confident Continuously Variable Transmission with manual shift mode and delivered to INFINITI’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which is standard on all QX55 models in the U.S. and Canada. A Drive Mode Selector empowers the driver with programmable settings (Standard, Eco, Sport and Personal) to tailor each drive.

Available in select markets globally in up to three well-equipped grades: LUXE, ESSENTIAL, and SENSORY, the all-new QX55 arrives in the U.S. and Canada in spring 2021, with other key markets to follow shortly after.

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