2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD:
The era of SUV coupés is not only continuing, but these “irrational” vehicles gain more and more popularity as a subsegment of the luxury market. The sloping roofline reduces passenger and cargo space, the rear visibility is worse, yet more people love these vehicles that stand out from the crowd. And Infiniti joined the race and brought a model to the market, which is a derivative of its existing compact SUV, the QX50. The new model is optically different from the QX and with a fine, sculptured design and very good proportions, an appealing alternative.
Going back to two decades earlier, Infiniti had introduced a “coupéish” SUV in 2003. The FX had a very progressive design and was probably even ahead of its time. Many people think that this category started with the BMW X6 in 2007. However, we can claim that with the FX, Infiniti was the actual trailblazer.
And now, as Nissan is undergoing a restructuring period with a fresh perspective and aggressively launching new products within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Infiniti, its luxury brand deserves special attention. Nissan added the QX55 to Infiniti’s portfolio with minimum investment as a derivative of an existing model. This was a wise choice.
2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD: Engine and Powertrain
The QX55 uses the same drivetrain as its more rectangular-looking cousin, the QX50. Under the hood, the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine delivers 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque with a variable compression rate. This high-tech engine is mated, (unfortunately in my humble personal opinion) to a continuously variable transmission. I would be straightforward to tell that luxury vehicles better avoid this type of transmission.
Although Infiniti did calibrate the CVT to improve responsiveness, the weird feeling of having a second “ghost” driver on board largely remains. As the transmission decides to change the “virtual” gears by itself, you think you do not have full control of the vehicle. Despite the good sound insulation, you hear the transmission noise. Depending on the driver, your will get used to it sooner or later and will enjoy the vehicle more.
From a business point of view, we understand that Nissan had to create a product that is based on the existing platform and architecture. We respect this choice.
2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD: Design and Interior
Entering the QX55, you will see the same interior as the QX50. This might be disappointing for those who know the QX50 but makes sense from the point of scale of economics. No matter how, the dashboard, instrument cluster, seats and door coverings are well crafted with high-quality materials.
The two-colour leather seats are comfortable and beautiful too. The infotainment system consisting of two screens is a bit confusing and slightly outdated. We should expect a more modern and less distracting system for the next generation QX50/QX55. The headroom in the rear is restricted due to the sloping roofline, which is an expected trade-off. For the same reason, rear visibility is limited, and you have to rely on the surround-view camera more than in another vehicle.
Sitting in the rear is not the best part of the QX55 experience. The restricted headroom is maybe even claustrophobic for people over 190 cm tall. However, whoever opts for an SUV coupé, this should be forgivable.
The QX55, especially in the Sensory trim level is well equipped with all safety and comfort features for this class.
Due to the coupé design, also the cargo volume is reduced from 133 cubic feet in QX50 to 127 cubic feet. Acceptable for a more beautiful design that stands out. For a childless couple, this vehicle may be a good choice and neither the rear seat nor the cargo volume should be regarded as shortcomings.
2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD: Driving Impressions
On paper, the 2022 Infiniti QX55 generates enough horsepower and torque for a sporty and enjoyable ride. We hope that the next-gen QX55 has a regular automatic transmission. The CVT of our tester is not the best choice in a luxury vehicle as it is noisy and not good at sporty driving; downshifting with the paddle shifters gives the driver more control and the acceleration improves. The ride is comfortable, composed and predictable. Choose the Sport mode, with sharper steering wheels and better shift mapping, your enjoyment will increase.
I came up with an average consumption of 10,2 litres of premium fuel within the average at the end of a one-week, mixed-mode test drive.
2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD: Pricing and Equipment
For details of pricing and equipment of 2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD, please see the window sticker of our tester below:
2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD: Conclusion
With the 2022 Infiniti QX55, Nissan made a bold move to expand its product portfolio. In my opinion, the Nissan management has a good understanding that Infiniti, the group’s luxury brand deserves more attention than before and the product offensive is likely to continue.
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