Successor to FX: How Is Infiniti QX55?

All details about the new Infiniti cross-coupe.

Three and a half years after saying goodbye to the iconic Infiniti FX, which was in production for 14 years, Nissan's premium subsidiary company has finally introduced its heir. The new model, which the Japanese intend to return with and “take center stage” in the segment of coupe crossovers, was named the QX55. It shares components and assemblies with the current QX50. The debut took place at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The site was chosen for a reason: the QX55 will first be released in the United States next spring.

The exterior with smooth lines is richly decorated with chrome plating The exterior with smooth lines is richly decorated with chrome plating

The design of the QX55 is the result of the evolution of the design of the FX, which was renamed to the QX70 in 2013 and disappeared from the brand's lineup 4 years later. Infiniti describes the new style as a fusion of Japanese minimalism and bold solutions designed to attract a young audience.

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The crossover received a raised body with a falling roof, piled up С-pillars and a “muscular” shoulder line. The familiar quadrilateral grille has replaced the filling with a small-cell three-dimensional drawing inspired by origami. The rear window is crowned with a “carved” spoiler. New aluminum roof rails and a fin-like antenna are installed on the roof. There are also 20-inch wheels under the arches with thin linings.

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The rear door is separated from the bumper by a curved plastic panel, like that of the QX50. Each of the headlights features 45 LEDs. The trunk opens by pressing the nameplate on the fifth door: the button is hidden in order to avoid an abundance of unnecessary elements on the body.

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The cross-coupe will be available in three trim levels in the United States: Luxe, Essential and Luxury. LED headlights are already available in the “base” equipment, but adaptive headlights & taillights with a special Cube design are standard only for the top-end version. The memory function and heated rear-view mirrors are available starting from the average configuration, and contactless opening of the trunk is only available in Luxury.

The interior design also almost copies the QX50 "donor-car" The interior design also almost copies the QX50 "donor-car"

The philosophy of “bold" minimalism continues in the interior, which features a contrasting two-color finish with an asymmetric design of the center tunnel. The standard versions are decorated with dark aluminum, and the expensive Luxury version is finished with a large-pored wood veneer. Depending on the configuration, the seats of the QX55 can be upholstered in artificial, natural or semi-aniline leather.

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Unlike most new cars, the QX55 lacks a digital dashboard and a fashionable “floating” tablet: the model only has an analog tachometer and speedometer with a small display in the middle, as well as two 8- and 7-inch screens built into the fascia panel. The Infiniti InTouch system can recognize voice commands and works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-end configurations have a projection display, a Bose audio system with 16 speakers and a three-zone climate control with a fine particle filter.

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The QX55 is noticeably smaller in size than its predecessor, slightly inferior to the BMW X4, but superior to the Mercedes-Benz KZS Coupe. The Infiniti is 4,732 mm long, 1,902 mm wide and 1,622 mm high. At the same time, the center-to-center distance wins over the larger compatriot Lexus RX: 2,799 mm against 2,790 mm. The ground clearance reaches 219 mm — 15 mm more than that of the Bavarian competitor. The angle of approach is 17.4 degrees, and the angle of departure is 23.6 degrees.

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With raised and folded backrests, 761.7 liters and 1531.9 liters of cargo (measured to the roof) can fit in the trunk, respectively. For comparison, the QX50 has this indicator equal to 895 and 1,699 liters.

Unlike the FX, which shared the FM architecture with the Nissan 370Z, the new coupe-like vehicle is built on a front-wheel drive platform with a transverse engine arrangement and is technically a “twin” of the Infiniti QX50. There are a front McPherson suspension and a rear independent multi-link one, as well as Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with a rear axle coupling.

Up to 761.7 liters of cargo can fit in the trunk of the new model with a "cut-off" roof Up to 761.7 liters of cargo can fit in the trunk of the new model with a "cut-off" roof

The cross-coupe has got a 2.0-liter V4 VC-Turbo engine (272 hp / 380 Nm) and a CVT from the QX50. Drive Mode Selector features three driving modes: Standard, Eco and Sport — and the ability to save individual settings.

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The new Infiniti driver's assistant kit includes cruise control, a rear-view camera or all-round view system, an immobilizer, stabilization and emergency braking systems (it can recognize pedestrians), as well as blind spot monitoring functions and automatic high beam. The top-end equipment is supplemented by ProPilot Assist, which can take control of the steering wheel to prevent leaving the lane, keep a distance or avoid a collision when changing lanes from a blind spot.

All headlights are LED by default; adaptive headlights are available for a surcharge All headlights are LED by default; adaptive headlights are available for a surcharge

Infiniti has not yet announced prices — they will appear closer to the start of sales.

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