Infiniti invented the coupe crossover with the muscular FX/QX70, which it nicknamed the “Bionic Cheetah”. It’s been discontinued from overseas markets and will soon be withdrawn from Australia, but Infiniti has a new coupe crossover coming to fill the void, the QX55.
The QX55, therefore, takes the QX50’s bones and adds more exuberant styling. It'll reach North American showrooms from mid-2020.
The roofline is steeply raked aft of the C-pillar and there’s the subtlest hint of a notchback in the car’s silhouette. Overall, the QX55 is rather more reminiscent of a high-riding hatchback than a lifted sedan or wagon. In that respect, it’s more akin to an Audi Q8 than a Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
You’ll notice, too, that the C-pillar treatment much more closely resembles the old QX70 than any newer Infiniti passenger cars or SUVs, almost all of which feature Infiniti’s unique “crescent-cut” C-pillar treatment.
The QX55 will be one of the last Infinitis designed by outgoing Infiniti design chief Karim Habib, who left the company earlier this year.
Overall, the QX55 does a pretty convincing impression of the QX70. Though that SUV’s current iteration was launched in some markets just over a decade ago, its styling has aged well and is arguably more harmonious than some subsequent coupe crossovers.
Above: Infinti QX70.
Where the QX55 differs markedly from the old QX70 is in its drivetrain. As it’s based on the QX50, it uses a front- and all-wheel-drive platform, not a rear- and all-wheel-drive one.
There’s no raspy V6 or grunty V8 either, as the QX55 will almost certainly retain the QX50’s 2.0-litre variable-compression turbocharged four mated to a continuously variable transmission.
In the QX50, the trick 2.0-litre produces 200kW and 390Nm.
The new naming convention echoes BMW’s delineation of sedans/wagons and their coupe siblings, though it’s unclear whether Infiniti will follow this convention with future passenger cars – by this new logic, the Q60 coupe should be a Q55.
No QX55 for us. No QX50 either. Infiniti has (almost) left the building, the company announcing earlier this year that it’ll stop selling cars in Australia by late 2020.