Nissan’s luxury division has at least two major new vehicles to add to its 2021 roster: Infiniti is presenting the QX60 three-row crossover this year (which has yet to be officially unveiled) and the 2022 QX55 which in a way revitalizes the range of the Japanese brand.
To introduce this sharper livery of the Infiniti QX50, the Canadian wing invited a few members of the automotive press to come and discover what its new coupe crossover was capable of, the model which was nevertheless inspired by the 2003 Infiniti FX. , the first true sport utility vehicle to prioritize the sport aspect to the detriment of its utility aspect.
And, to keep you going until my colleague’s full test, here are ten tips to remember about this second crossover with a coupe-inspired pencil stroke, the 2022 Infiniti QX55.
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1. A successful design
Let’s start with what is immediately obvious: the happy pencil stroke of the design department! Admittedly, the few modifications made to the bodywork of this “more aerodynamic QX50” do just enough to differentiate the model. I really like this streamlined window line, not to mention the darkened details at the front, the 20-inch rims and even the rear portion with the exclusive LED lights and this repositioning of the license plate. And so dressed, that is, with the Slate Gray coloring ($ 750) and the two-tone red and black interior ($ 350), the first impression is truly successful.
2. The same mechanics as the QX50
It would of course be too expensive to invest huge sums in the development of a mechanism exclusive to this model. Infiniti already relied on its intriguing 4-cylinder turbo engine with variable compression ratio; so this is the one that was bolted under the hood of the QX55. Delivering 268 horsepower and optimum torque of 280 lb-ft, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is teamed with a CVT and, segment requires, all-wheel drive. Note that the QX55 (and its flat-roof equivalent) is the only one in the category to offer a continuously variable transmission.