By Veeno Dewan.
The new Infiniti QX55 continues from where older QX50 left off. The QX55 is a premium SUV which eschews the more conventional boxy SUV shape with a dramatically tapering roofline sloping towards the rear. No doubts about it, the new Infiniti QX55 is one of the best-looking SUV coupes around. It is not all knew, the front end of the QX55 is still very similar to the current QX50, but with a larger version of the cool double-arch grill and inner mesh insert. Dramatic “piano key” taillights with 45 individual LEDs give the rear end some extra styling points. Big 20-inch wheels come standard in either black and grey on the QX55 which nicely tie in the gloss black mirror covers and rear spoiler. However, you parse it, the QX55 look, low, fast, and sporty.
The drivetrain remains unchanged from the QX50, with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo that offers 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and with a CVT (Continuously variable transmission.).
Technology is a big feature with 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, It’s Wi-Fi hotspot will support up to seven devices, and the Infiniti app offers services including remote locking and remote start.as well a dual-screen infotainment set-up and over-the-air software updates, However, it doesn’t have wireless charging or 5G,
The Sensory model we tested also as the mega powerful 16 speakers Bose audio system. All QX55’s has heated steering wheel and heated front seats. Prices start at $51,999 for the Luxe and max p out at $60,998 for the Sensory as tested.
The QX55 cabin is mostly a carry over from the QX50 and looks very nice with a fine mix of leather, metal, and high-quality plastics. The dual-screen infotainment unit comprises an 8-inch top screen that w displays camera view and navigation maps, the digital clock and fuel economy information. The 7-inch bottom screen control the infotainment system, while a rotary dial situated next to the gear shifter control the top screen. HVAC controls have their own dedicated button. There are 4 USB plugs with both Type A and C.
Overall, the QX55 presents very well, with a neat, uncluttered that is comfortable, and offers plenty of room, both front and rear. Rear seat accommodations in the QX55 offers adequate head- and legroom., the cargo bay capacity can be improved with 60-40 split sliding rear seats make, allowing for a 762-litre trunk. The trunk hatch is also adjustable so the opening can be set for either tall or more compact user.
On the road the QX55 a great amount of e horsepower and torque, however its slightly let down y the sluggish Continuously variable transmission that’s also a tad noisy. However, and predictable.
Infiniti is the first automaker to develop variable compression (VC) ratio technology for their four-cylinder engine, which changes the pistons rise rate with a compression ratio variable from 8:1 for maximum performance to 14:1 for optimal fuel efficiency.
The result is that the QX55’s 2.0-litre turbo-four engine has a good balance between performance and efficiency with 268 hp and 280 lb-ft sent via all-wheel drive, the QX55 accelerates quickly in Sport mode Fuel economy (litres/100kms; city/highway): 10.5/8.3. Negatives are few- the CVT is drony, but better at speed, but the engine is strong and willing, delivering plentiful acceleration. There is good handling and braking. The styling is excellent with a sportscar look to it. I do have bit of a soft spot for the QX55! It is one of my favorite SUVs. It’s luxurious, super roomy, and just feels great to drive. The ultimate family cruiser. Highly recommended.
2022 Infiniti QX55 AWD Sensory
Base Price: $60,998 Price as Tested: $62,198
More info at www.infinti.ca