Stop us if you’ve heard this before. An automaker realizes SUVs of all shapes and sizes sell like hotcakes and to maximize profit, it releases a swoopy “coupe-like” variant of one or more of its traditional—squarer—SUV models. If that sounds familiar, then it’s because BMW, Audi, and Mercedes all do it. Now you can count Infiniti among this group. The 2022 Infiniti QX55 hopes to challenge vehicles such as the BMW X4, Audi Q5 Sportback, and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe.
Infiniti wants consumers to think back to the original Infiniti FX when eyeing the QX55, which cribs its sloping roofline from Infiniti’s infamous crossover. While its profile harks back to Infiniti’s past, the QX55’s front end aggressively evolves Infiniti’s current design language. With its gaping maw and squinty headlights, the QX55 certainly looks bold. The rest of this Infiniti’s design is more conservative. That said, standard 20-inch wheels and tires, a black roof spoiler, and “piano key” LED taillights further help differentiate the QX55 from its QX50 stablemate.
Less separates these two crossovers interior. In fact, the QX55’s passenger compartment looks nearly identical to the QX50’s. This includes the brand’s middling dual-screen InTouch infotainment setup. The system supports wireless Apple CarPlay. Android users, however, need to connect their device to one of the car’s USB ports to use Android Auto. A 16-speaker Bose audio system is available as an option on higher trims.
Like the QX50, the QX55’s second-row seat bottoms slide to maximize either legroom or cargo space. Behind the rear bench, the QX55 has up to 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space—five cubes less than its QX50 counterpart. Seat trim offerings include leatherette, leather, or semi-aniline leather appointments.
The QX55 offers three different trim levels: Pure, Luxe, and Sensory. Pure serves as the base trim and misses out on comfort options such as a power tilt and telescoping steering column, a motion-activated tailgate, cooled front seats, and three-zone automatic climate control. Step up to the Luxe trim and those niceties, along with Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist driver-assist system and a head-up display, hit the features list as either standard or optional kit. Luxe models come with all the trimming.
Every QX55 is by Infiniti’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 268 hp at 5,600 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. A continuously variable automatic transmission sends that grunt to all four wheels by way of the crossover’s standard all-wheel-drive system. Even though it isn’t a dedicated off-road machine, the QX55 features 8.6 inches of ground clearance—more than enough to saunter down the occasional dirt road.
Pricing remains under wraps but we expect the QX55 to be a smidge pricier than the QX50. As such, look for the QX55 to start right around the $39,000 mark when it hits dealerships in spring 2021.