Infiniti is the latest brand to throw its hat in the ring with a coupelike SUV, called the QX55. The luxury division of Nissan announced the news at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, complete with a brushstroke rendering of the SUV’s profile.
The QX55 is slated to go on sale in the summer of 2020. Coupelike SUVs aren’t new: The BMW X6, which popularized the trend, debuted more than a decade ago. But recent additions from the Porsche Cayenne Coupe to the Audi Q8 have popularized the body style, at least among luxury brands. They’re seldom that popular among shoppers, mind you — the X5 outsells the X6 by 9 to 1 — but since they usually borrow heavily from the underpinnings of an existing SUV sibling, they’re relatively inexpensive to develop.
In that vein, Infiniti’s name suggests the QX55 will slot between the two-row QX50 and three-row QX60. We’d expect it to borrow heavily from the QX50 barring some tie-in with the forthcoming electric vehicle architecture from Infiniti’s QX Inspiration concept. The brand says the first-generation FX, a performance SUV sold in the early 2000s, inspired the QX55’s roofline, but it’s hard to see much resemblance between the QX55’s rendering and the FX’s hatchback-like profile. Stay tuned for more specifics in the months to come.
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