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Infiniti reveals the name, on sale date of its new luxury sport utility coupe

Infiniti will soon introduce a new SUV into its U.S. lineup.

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A new sport utility coupe is coming to the Infiniti lineup. The QX55 will arrive at dealerships in the summer of 2020, likely as a 2021 model.

An image released by Infiniti in conjunction with the announcement shows that the QX55 is inspired by the old FX crossover.

Based on initial statements, the Infiniti QX55 is aimed squarely at the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, both of which are fastback SUVs (or high-riding hatchbacks, if you prefer).

"The INFINITI QX55 is a stunning new SUV coupe in the heart of one of the industry's fastest growing segments, globally," said Mike Colleran INFINITI Motor Company Deputy Chairman. "Customers will appreciate the distinctive design of the QX55 which features a sporty coupe-like roofline. We know customers and retailers are eagerly looking forward to the QX55 which will be available next year."

Earlier this year Infiniti debuted a video featuring the QX Inspiration concept, which could may give some nods toward what we can expect for the new model.

Introducing the QX Inspiration www.youtube.com

There is no official word if the vehicle will be a true coupe or if Infiniti is just repurposing the word for marketing purposes.

Based on current Infiniti offerings, it is likely that the new coupe-like SUV will have ProPILOT Assist, the automaker's suite of driver assistance technologies that allows for computer-aided piloting of the vehicle.

Based on the pricing of the QX50 and QX60, the 2021 Infiniti QX55 will likely have a starting MSRP in the mid- to high-$30,000s and top out just over $10,000 higher than its starting price.

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

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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

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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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The Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4² is designed to be an outdoor adventurer.

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There's zero chance that The Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4² will come to life as is, but that doesn't stop one from dreaming. Designed to be "an electric car of extremes", the model was designed to move the traditional thoughts of electric mobility away from city centers and onto more rugged terrain.

The EQC 4x4² was developed by a cross-departmental team under development engineer Jürgen Eberle, which has already been responsible for another daring off-roader, the E 400 All-Terrain 4x4². The new model can drive through sand and on rocky terrain, and through mountain streams.

It's capable of helping drivers stay off the grid for a spell. A roof tent and inflatable dinghy make adventuring with the concept even more possible.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 4x4²

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Ground clearance? It has that in gobs. At 293 millimeters, EQC 4x4² has more than twice the ground clearance of the typical EQC production mode. This enables 40 centimeters (just over 15 inches) of water fording depth. Engineers have attached the vehicle's unique suspension at the same mounting points as the standard component.

Traditionally, off-roaders like to be able to listen their engine from inside the cabin to hear if it's operating correctly. With an all-electric powertrain, such as that in the EQC, there's no engine noise (because there's no engine) so drivers are able to create their own sound experience, whether it's rolling down the windows to enjoy nature or turning up the volume on the stereo. The model does use an external noise generator (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, AVAS) as required by law to reproduce sounds. It is housed in the car's headlight surrounds.

While this model won't be arriving at dealerships anytime soon, it is a nod in the direction of what's next for Mercedes. It's likely that this concept was developed as part of a larger off-roading testing program for the company's existing and forthcoming fleet of electric vehicles.

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