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2022 Infiniti QX55 rolls on dubs, is the spiritual successor to the beloved FX

The 2022 Infiniti QX55 is a new addition to the company's portfolio.

Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

There was the Infiniti FX. Now there's the Infiniti QX55. Considered the spiritual successor of the beloved crossover of the premium automaker's past, the QX55 is designed to deliver comfort and style as the smallest SUV in the company's portfolio.

The Infiniti FX was in production for three generations from 2003 to 2017. In its first two generations it was known as the FX, but the name later switched to the QX70 when the automaker redid its nomenclature to the current form.

At the QX55's front is the company's signature double-arch grille that consists of an origami-inspired mesh pattern. On either side of the grille are standard LED headlights. The car's design lines flow from the hood and front fenders, across the doors, and over the rear wheels. All QX55 models come standard with 20-inch wheels.

2022 Infiniti QX55

Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

At the back is an cleanly designed tailgate. The crossover's digital "piano key" taillights combine 45 separate LEDs in a single housing to create a light signature, like that was seen most recently on the Infiniti QX60 Monograph.

Infiniti has given the QX55 a fresh logo that houses the power liftgate release. Hyundai and Volkswagen models have similar design.

Every QX55 features the company's VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine under the hood. It is paired with a continuously variable transmission that makes 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard on models sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Drivers will be able to choose from the QX55's four drive modes: Standard, Eco, Sport, and Personal.

Buyers have the option of getting leatherette, leather, or semi-aniline leather appointments for the QX55's seats.

The interior of the QX55 has a dual-screen center stack, InTouch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, multiple USB inputs, and Android Auto compatibility. The top screen is eight inches and the bottom is seven inches. A 16-speaker Bose audio system is available.

The 2022 Infiniti QX55 will be sold in three grades: Luxe, Essential, and Sensory. It will arrive on U.S. shores in the spring of 2021.

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Updated compact SUV

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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The VW Jetta and Jetta GLI received substantive updates for 2022.

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The 2022 model year is an important one for Volkswagen. Beyond the load of tech and safety improvements it announced earlier this year, 2022 brings a new crossover to the VW catalog. The venerable Jetta and its sport counterpart, the GLI, received substantive updates for the new model year, and today, Volkswagen announced pricing details for both models.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI The GLI gets VW's excellent 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.Volkswagen

Pricing for the cars will start at $20,195 for the Jetta and $30,995 for the Jetta GLI before a $995 destination charge is applied. Volkswagen shuffled the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine from the new Taos crossover to the standard Jetta line for the new model year and the GLI gets a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both cars get a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment and both can be upgraded with either an eight-speed automatic transmission in the Jetta or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the Jetta GLI.

The Jetta and GLI come with new front and rear bumpers, new exterior color choices, and updated wheel designs. The base Jetta S gets standard features that include 16-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a digital gauge cluster with VW Digital Cockpit, a 6.5-inch display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI The Jetta offers a roomier option for buyers outgrowing the Golf hatchback.Volkswagen

The GLI lineup has been shaved to just the Autobahn trim for 2022, which comes with a VAQ limited-slip differential, an adaptive damping system, drive mode selections, a sport exhaust, 18-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit gauge cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen, a BeatsAudio stereo, SiriusXM radio, and a suite of advanced driver aids.

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