Sport-utility “coupes” are becoming one of the hottest high-end SUV segments, providing the elevated stance of their boxier equivalents, but covered in a swoopier plan. The most recent vehicle to throw its hat into the ring is the upcoming 2021 Infiniti QX55, revealed at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
2021 Infiniti QX55 Details
Infiniti exposed few information surrounding the QX55. However, it did reveal a teaser brushstroke of the SUV. In advance, muscular shoulders and what might be a clamshell-style hood recall the more standard QX50 crossover, which was new for 2019. Nevertheless, from the A-pillar back, the teaser image reveals a roofline that looks quite like a genuine sports car, rather than the somewhat awkward turtle-shell shapes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Noticeable haunches on the brushstroke lead to what we hope is an angular, Kamm-style tail.
Infiniti says the unique first-generation FX sport-ute motivated the QX55. However, we see more Aston Martin DBX concept in the roofline (that’s not an insult in the tiniest). Making last styling assumptions based on such an unrefined doodle is quite foolish, so we’ll reserve judgment for when the 2021 Infiniti QX55 is completely revealed, potentially as quickly as this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
2021 Infiniti QX55 Engine
” QX55″ is a new nameplate for Infiniti, representing the SUV’s tweener status in the Infiniti lineup– using a comparable technique, BMW places its X4 and X6 coupes above their respective X3 and X5 SUV equivalents. Likely based upon the QX50 crossover, the QX55 ought to get that vehicle’s running gear, including its standard Variable Compression Turbo (VC-T) 2.0 L I-4 with 268 hp and 280 lb-ft. We also presume that the QX50’s continually variable transmission and front-wheel-drive-biased all-wheel drive will make the drive. If that’s the case, the QX55 might affect the styling of a coupe while using the relaxed (read: not sporty) driving experience of other high-end crossovers.
2021 Infiniti QX55 Release Date
However, the style-conscious 2021 Infiniti QX55 might be something of a return to form for the company, whose FX crossover perhaps developed the “sport-utility coupe” sector when it was presented for 2003. While the QX55 might not be as athletic as that SUV– which shared architecture with the Nissan Z sports car– it will likely be simply as stylish. And most importantly, for Infiniti, it might be a lot more popular. The QX55 reaches dealerships next summer.