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Infiniti teasing 2020 QX55 but AutomotiveMap has already seen the vehicle (and can tell you about it)

Infiniti is teasing its new QX55 model ahead of its official debut next year.

Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motor Company

This week Infiniti released another photo of the forthcoming 2020 Infiniti QX55, but AutomotiveMap has already seen the entire vehicle, interviewed Infiniti's Vice Chairman about it, and can tell you all about it.

The QX55 is a small SUV that will go on sale next year. It's the first of five vehicles the luxury arm of Nissan has promised to deliver in the next three years.

Mike Colleran, Vice Chairman and Global Division Vice President, Marketing and Sales Operations for Infiniti Motor Company is quick to point out that the model has FX model bloodlines. But, Colleran warns, don't think of the QX55 as a direct FX successor.

That's instantly apparent in its design where a bulging hood and sleek lines that the QX55 looks as much like a throwback as it does a fast forward. Its face is commanding, but not as upright as what is seen on Infiniti's larger SUVs, including the 2020 Infiniti QX80 and the redesigned 2021 Infiniti QX60. It has its own unique grille that hasn't been seen on any other Infiniti yet.

The QX55's sides have sweeping dynamic lines that run backward to wing-like taillights. Colleran describes the look as "active" and "fun" with a focus on performance and design.

Infiniti isn't just thinking of the QX55 as a way to move people. Colleran describes it as a "baby FX" that he very clearly points out is "not meant for families." It's a way to introduce and keep buyers in the brand.

This design is meant for drivers who value performance, like the FX was. While powertrain information wasn't disclosed, Colleran is quick to point out that the QX55 will not be electrified.

The engine that would make the most sense inside the QX55 is Nissan's VC-Turbo engine, which is also in the 2020 Infiniti QX50. On its face, the QX55 appears to be smaller and lighter than the QX50 so the peppy engine could provide a good amount of zip without being a fuel sucker. This is an equation the 2019 Nissan Altima, which also has this engine as an option, has gotten right.

Based on Colleran's statements and a quick once over of the vehicle while at the Spaceport America last week, it appears that the QX55 is designed to be what many in the automotive community hoped that the Infiniti QX30 would be when it debuted.

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2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50 Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50 ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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