There’s no accounting for style. The principle purpose for purchasing a crossover as an alternative of a standard automobile is meant to be utility, however crossover coupes take away a lot of that utility. But they’ve confirmed extraordinarily widespread, so Infiniti is leaping on the bandwagon. Throughout Monterey Automotive Week, Nissan’s luxurious model introduced that it’s going to launch a crossover coupe — dubbed QX55 — in summer season 2020.
Crossover coupes are usually variations of present utility autos with decrease roof traces and different styling parts meant to make them look extra enticing. Normally, the result’s an in any other case unchanged crossover form with a squashed roof, limiting headroom and cargo area. Regardless of the trade-off, these autos have confirmed widespread with prospects, with solely the Acura ZDX turning out to be a gross sales dud up to now. BMW and Mercedes-Benz now provide a number of crossover coupe fashions, and Porsche just lately launched a coupe model of its Cayenne.
Whereas the BMW X6 was the primary car overtly marketed as a crossover coupe, Infiniti can stake a declare to beating the Bavarians to the punch by a few years. The unique Infiniti FX wasn’t marketed as a coupe, however its curvaceous styling was a serious departure from the norm. The FX was considered one of Infiniti’s few styling hits, but it surely didn’t have a long-lasting impression. Generally the gross sales pitch is extra essential than having the concept first.
Infiniti stated the QX55 would borrow the low-slung roof line from the FX, however provided no different particulars on the brand new mannequin. The identify QX55 signifies that the coupe will slot between the present QX50 and QX60 in Infiniti’s lineup. If that’s the case, the QX55 will possible be primarily based on the QX50, much like how BMW used the X3 as the idea for its X4, or how Mercedes gives each customary and coupe variations of its GLC. That will make the QX55 a direct competitor of the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC coupe.
If the QX55 is certainly primarily based on the QX50, it is going to possible get the latter mannequin’s trick VC Turbo 2.Zero-liter, four-cylinder engine. “VC” stands for “variable compression,” which means the engine can change its compression ratio on the fly to emphasise energy or gas financial system. Automakers have experimented with this expertise for many years, however Infiniti was the primary to place it into manufacturing. The VC Turbo engine subsequently migrated to Infiniti mum or dad Nissan’s Altima sedan.
Infiniti has additionally stated that it’s going to provide a hybrid or all-electric powertrain in each mannequin starting in 2021, so even when the QX55 doesn’t get an electrified powertrain at launch, one will possible be added someday throughout the mannequin’s lifecycle.