The QX55 wishes to challenge the dominance of German cars in the segment and features one of the most intricate styling and innovative Japanese technology.

Infinity, the luxury car brand of Nissan has launched their new SUV the QX55 in Los Angeles. The car is the successor to the Infiniti FX and features radical bold styling that aims to disrupt the crossover-coupe market and battle it out with the German rivals. The launch was done via a unique live stream concert where Aloe Blacc, the american singer performed. Infiniti says that the singer’s music has a tandem effect with the brand’s style, being unique.

The QX55 is the Japanese brand’s newest entry into the segment where the FX vehicles once stood apart, and that is what this car aims to do as well. Following in the footsteps of its ancestor it has the same unmistakable shape that made the FX a globally recognizable car, the dual arched grille is quite stunning to look at. It features a very complex mesh pattern that relates to the Japanese art of Origami beside which two LED headlamps flank it on either side. The flowy lines on the body extending from the hood to the rear wheel arches lend the car a very elegant but muscular stance. The taillamps are another piece of Japanese design, combining 45 LEDs to form one.

The Interiors are as dynamic as the exteriors, and are in true Japanese style dominated by tech. There are two screens one above the other, the lower a 7 inch display while the upper one is a 8 inch one, the infotainment system is complemented by Bose speakers-16 of them in total to provide an immersive audio experience much like the Live concert where the car was launched.  The infotainment system is compatible with Android auto and Apple Carplay and can be connected wirelessly. The interiors can be wrapped in a choice of Leatherette, leather or semi-aniline leather. The cabin has been made spacious despite the car not having a massive footprint.

The engine in the QX55 has been proven and awarded on multiple occasions for its engineering. The four cylinder engine makes 268hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and features Variable Compression Turbo, which is capable of altering the engine compression and displacement to either ends, to improve efficiency or performance depending upon need. The power is distributed to all the four wheels via a Continuously variable transmission which comes as standard and rides on unique 20in alloys.

The QX55 is currently only being launched in certain markets in three trims, the Luxe, Essential and the Sensory and is expected to be priced around $43,000 (INR 31 lakh)  for the base and going all the way up to $50,000 (INR 37 lakh) for the top Sensory trim.

Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator

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