The 2022 Infiniti QX55 debuted to brighten up the brand’s line of crossovers with a fresh look that is also subtly reminiscent of the past. Sales will begin in the United States and Canada in the spring of 2021, and pricing will be available closer to launch.
The designers of the QX55 point out that the curved line of the roof of the crossover is a tribute to the similar silhouette of the Infiniti FX from 2003. The curves play a big role in the style of the new model, such as raised, rounded areas the shape of the hatchback. There is a large grille at the front, and the three-dimensional mesh model inspires origami.
“We set the stage nearly 20 years ago with FX and the all-new Infiniti QX55 brings us back, close to the soul of our brand – and pushes us forward,” said Infiniti President Peiman Kargar.
Buyers will be able to receive the QX55 in eight body colors. The two standard options will be Dynamic Sunstone Red and Slate Gray. There will also be Majestic White, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Mineral Black, Black Obsidian and Hermosa Blue.
The QX55 comes exclusively with a 2.0-liter turbocharger with a four-cylinder variable compression engine and CVT, which directs power to an all-wheel drive system. The power plant makes 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and a torque of 280 Newton meters. During normal driving, the drive sends 100 percent of the power to the front wheels, but can direct up to 50 percent to the rear wheels when things get slippery.
Inside, the QX55 comes with Infiniti’s dual sensor system, which has an 8-inch upper infotainment display and a 7-inch lower monitor for various vehicle controls. The technology supports wireless application of CarPlay, but using Android Auto requires turning on the phone. There are three USB Type-A ports and one Type-C for charging the device.
Rear passengers can feel comfortable with a sliding bench that moves nearly six inches. There is a maximum of 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.
The QX55 will be available in three trim levels: Luxe, Essential and Sensory. All models come standard with amenities such as LED headlights, a powerful hatchback, a sliding sunroof and heated front seats. The Sensory class gets a Bose stereo with 16 speakers, a head-up display, wood paneling with maple open pores and semi-aniline leather upholstery in a combination of red and graphite in Monaco.