The QX55 has been around for a while and it isn’t as popular as Infiniti’s original coupe SUV, the QX70. We can talk about reasons all day long but that’s not important at this moment. What’s important is that the Japanese manufacturer has prepared some interesting updates for the 2023 Infiniti QX55. This model will come with more standard features, which should make it more appealing and eventually improve sales numbers.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same. We are about to see the same design, based on the more conventional QX50, with familiar design and features. Among the things we like about this crossover are comfortable seats, a long list of standard equipment and a potent engine. On the other hand, the main complaints go to handling, unrefined transmission and outdated infotainment system.
The 2023 Infiniti QX55 will hit the market later this year, probably in the last quarter.
2023 Infiniti QX55 Gets More Features
The biggest novelty for the next year is the addition of new standards and available features. The trim level organization now includes Luxe, Essential, and Sensory. The base Luxe model adds standard features like ProPILOT Assist with Intelligent Cruise Control, perforated leather seat surfaces, auto-folding and heated side-view mirrors, the rear door handles with integrated LED welcome lighting, a four-way driver power lumbar seat adjustment, and a USB-C charging port in the second row.
The Essential trim includes all the above and also adds goodies like Traffic Sign Recognition and a unique cubic LED design in the headlights.
Finally, there is the Sensory trim level, equipped with goodies like a 9-inch heads-up display unit, second-row heated seats, and a four-way power lumbar adjustment for the passenger.
2023 Infiniti QX55 Design
On the other hand, the overall design remains the same. The 2023 Infiniti QX55 continues with a familiar design, based on the CMF platform. The stying has a lot in common with the Q50, while the main difference is in the rear-end design, whereas the QX55 comes with a sloping roof design, which makes it look like a coupe crossover.
Mechanically, things won’t change at all. We will see the same layout, which means that you may also count on the same ride quality. This crossover is comfortable but it isn’t particularly engaging to drive. Most critics complain about the steering, while handling isn’t particularly great either.
On the inside, the 2023 Infiniti QX55 will continue with a well-built interior, which looks and feels pretty nice. We like the build quality and materials, though we have to say that most rivals look more upscale, mainly because of the QX55’s outdated aesthetics. Simply, the dashboard looks old, especially with the old infotainment screen and system in general.
On the other hand, you may count on some of the nicest seats in the class. The front seats are massive and supportive, with excellent comfort for the front passenger. The driving position is also pretty good, while the sound insulation is pretty decent as well.
The second row also offers plenty of legroom, even for taller passengers. On the other hand, the headroom is slightly less generous compared to the QX50, due to the sloping roof design. For the same reason, the cargo area is smaller and offers around 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 54.1 cubic feet of the total volume. For comparison, that’s a little bit more than you get from the BMW X4.
2023 Infiniti QX55 Engine
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. The 2023 Infiniti QX55 will continue with a familiar, quite capable 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which features a max output of around 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes coupled with a CVT, which may feel a little bit unrefined under heavy throttle. Still, the overall performance is decent and adequate.
The power is sent to all wheels and although we are talking about an FWD-biased drivetrain, 50% of power can be sent to the rear axle when needed.
This engine is quite capable but also offers good fuel economy. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for a compact luxury SUV, especially if we consider the standard all-wheel drive.
2023 Infiniti QX55 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 Infiniti QX55 later this year. From what we know so far, the starting price will be higher. The latest reports suggest a price tag of around 49.000 dollars for the Luxe trim.