Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co’s luxury brand Infiniti has unveiled QX55, which it says is a modern twist to the luxury midsize SUV coupe segment that the brand created with the iconic FX decades ago.
The QX55 combines a provocative exterior with a decadent interior designed targeted towards new buyers that are young, tech-savvy and driven by daring design. Infiniti says it returns to the segment as the only Japanese luxury coupe offering on the market today.
Peyman Kargar, chairman, Infiniti said: “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.”
The QX55’s features the signature double-arch grille, which is complemented by an origami-inspired mesh pattern. Along the body sides, elegant flowing lines reach from the hood, over the front fenders, across the doors, and over the rear wheels. The 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.
On the inside, the QX55 features a dual-screen Infiniti InTouch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, and multiple USB inputs for Android Auto compatibility and charging. Leatherette, leather, or semi-aniline leather appointments for the seats feature the QX55’s spacious interior and 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 produces 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That power is shifted through a continuously variable transmission with manual shift mode and delivered to its intelligent all-wheel drive system, which is standard on all QX55 models in the USA and Canada.
The all-new QX55 is the latest new model to be introduced under the Nissan NEXT transformation plan, and the first production model in that plan from Infiniti. The model is expected to launch in North America by June next year as a 2022 model and will be followed by the highly anticipated future QX60, previewed last month as the design concept QX60 Monograph.