Ever since the teaser image appeared, we heard no word about the 2021 Infiniti QX55. This coupe crossover is going to be something new in the automotive world. Nissan and Infiniti made a pause with innovations for 2020, preparing for the upcoming season. Expectations are high and these two carmakers are not shy to express their ambitions. When the entire new lineup of vehicles appears, one of them will be the QX55. Definitely, there will be more novelties, but this crossover SUV is the only teased model so far.
According to the nameplate, it will be positioned between QX50 and QX60. The teaser image also unveils we are talking about the coupe model. Nevertheless, the nameplate appeared from the well-informed sources. Infiniti is not confirming that yet, but the teaser image is enough for most fans.
The 2021 Infiniti QX55 will join the rest of the lineup. The QX80 is a full-size vehicle, while QX60 is a mid-size model. The new model will be between it and QX50, while the company discontinued the QX30 from the subcompact segment. So, the QX55 might be compensation for this loss.
2021 Infiniti QX55: What We Know So Far?
The upcoming vehicle will definitely be a coupe crossover SUV. Its aggressive look will draw the attention of the younger population and the price will go up a bit, compared to the existing siblings. Well, all the vehicles will be more expensive after the redesign. We believe the 2021 Infiniti QX55 is going to shake up things in the company, whose sales are slowing down. Also, the competition is larger, so the updates are the only way of maintaining the position.
So, the fact is that Nissan is going to put a special focus on its luxury department. But further rumors are speaking of other possibilities. We can hear that 2021 Infiniti QX55 could be the hybrid or even an all-electric model. Also, some sources report a muscle engine will be under the hood, while the peak of technology might come with the autonomous drive. Nissan confirmed they are working on Level 4, but it is questionable if this system is going to appear next season.
2021 Infiniti QX55 Possible Drivetrains
Well, let’s start with the existing engines. The lighter version could use a 2.0-liter turbo-four unit and deliver 270 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine is making the QX50 one of the most powerful compact crossovers in the market. A mid-size model is not too much more powerful, although it uses a 3.5-liter V6 displacement. It adds 25 ponies over the QX50. A V8 is not an option. A 5.6-liter unit is too big for this class.
Going through Nissan’s databases, we can find a few more suitable powerplants. Definitely, fans would like to see more power. A 3.7-liter turbo V6 is producing up to 350 horsepower. But, it seems this unit is not going to last for too long. It is used by Nissan 370Z sports car, which also heads into the new generation. The new nameplate will be 400Z and we assume a new drivetrain is on the way. By using its title to predict the engine, we guess the new output will be 400 hp, or the vehicle comes with a 4.0-liter displacement.
Hybrid and EV Options
Definitely, Nissan is working on the hybridization of its crossover and SUV classes. Well, Rogue is already using such technology, but the carmaker will have to improve its outcomes to stay competitive. The same is with other segments since more and more midsize SUVs are at dealerships with hybrid units. Nissan is not letting it go, and the Ariya concept is the perfect architecture for such a process. Also, Infiniti will use some of the solutions from the Monograph platform.
Styling and Competition
The coupe crossover is something we haven’t seen too often. It is a sports car in the body of an SUV, the combination that rarely coexists. Only a few companies are delivering such units, and the most famous are coming from Germany (BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne). So, with the new body style, 2021 Infiniti QX55 will definitely draw the attention. It will affect the headroom in the rear row, no matter if the crossover is based on a QX50 or QX60, which offers a three-row layout.
Latest Info: Production of the 2021 Infiniti QX55 Starts This November
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, the entire automotive industry is on idle. The 2021 Infiniti QX55 was meant to be presented this summer, but the carmaker will have to delay the premiere. The new date is November when the production is also going to start.
The price of the luxury crossover will start around $50,000, at least. We expect to see well-known trim levels – Pure, Luxe, and Limited. The hybrid model will increase the MSRP of any configuration it appears, especially if it boosts the power outputs.