Infiniti has big plans for the upcoming QX55 coupe, with the company already releasing several teaser images of the model. However, it appears that the firm already has a small setback to these plans, and if a report from Automotive News is correct, that could mean a lengthy delay.
The five month delay is a result of Infiniti pausing production at the brand’s Aguascalientes, Mexico plant for five months to help possibly prepare the facility to recieve the tooling and upgrades needed to accommodate it. The report comes from an alleged letter sent from Nissan North America to its supplier network, with the company only claiming that the change was due to “operational efficiencies” at the facility. That translates to QX55 production starting in November instead of June.
As for the QX55 itself, the model is a coupe inspired CUV that Infiniti Hope’s will revive memories of the first generation FX55. It is expected to slot in between the QX50 and the bigger QX60, with the model squaring off against the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Performance is expected to be created by the QX50’s 2.0 liter Variable Compression turbocharged four cylinder engine that is good for 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. A CVT is also in the pipeline, but buyers should be able to choose from either front or all-drive.
Pricing remains a mystery at this stage in the game, but look for it to start higher than the QX50’s $38,275 base price, and be on par with some of its luxurious rivals.
With full production now slated to begin in November, look for the first units to arrive in dealerships in December of 2020, with the QX55 not achieving full supply capability until sometime in 2021. Look for the QX55 to perhaps play a role in reversing the slide in demand that Infiniti has seen for its other models. This slide was especially notable in 2019, with demand for all of Infiniti’s offerings falling across the board. This slump includes a 21 percent drop in sales volume with 117,708 vehicles sold during that period of time versus the 149,280 units that the company sold in 2018.