What Are Crossover Coupes?
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Crossover Coupes Are Turning Heads
The Crossover Has Evolved
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a new type of utility vehicle emerge as one of Canada’s most popular: the crossover. It’s a compact take on the SUV, one that many drivers appreciate for its practicality. But as the crossover market becomes more crowded, a sportier off-shoot of this ubiquitous vehicle is starting to turn heads. It’s known as the crossover coupe and, though it’s technically been around for a while, it’s about to make a serious comeback.
This category-bending vehicle is so appealing because it offers that crossover practicality – infused with the spirit of a sport coupe. It has functional design for the everyday, with a much bolder look and wind-in-your-hair performance. While that hits the mark dead-on for certain drivers, others might still be weighing their options when it comes to luxury crossovers and SUVs. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to have all the facts. Here’s a deep dive on each type of utility vehicle, to help you find the one that suits you best.
The dawn of a new segment
Let’s start from the beginning. The Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV came onto the scene in the early 1980s, marrying the height clearance of a truck with the drivability of smaller cars.
Over the years, the SUV evolved into nuanced sub-categories. That’s how the crossover came to be, first making a name for itself in the ‘90s. Where SUVs are built on a larger pickup truck chassis, crossovers have a unibody platform – like a sedan. And with their compact size, they handle like one too.
If you’re interested in off-road capability, a crossover may not be for you. The same goes if you often travel with a sizeable crew or – let’s be honest – if you’re simply after that grandiose SUV look. In that case, it’s not hard to find a model that checks all the luxury boxes and seats up to eight. But if you’re looking for something smaller, a little more functional and chic enough to impress, consider a premium crossover.
Crossovers come in many forms
With a name like crossover, it’s no surprise that these vehicles take more than just one form. If you look at the crossover category as a whole, you’ll see quite a variety. When it comes to design, the big difference between models depends on the platform size and body style.
Usually, a full-size crossover that seats up to seven is built on the frame of a full-size car. By the same token, a compact crossover may be based on a compact car platform. And of course, a crossover coupe takes on the exterior styling of a sport coupe, while convertible crossovers let you drop the top.
Of all these sub-categories, the crossover coupe has been seeing a recent uptick in popularity. Let’s take a closer look at what makes them so attractive.
What crossover coupes are all about
A crossover coupe marries the space and utility of a crossover with the dynamism of a sport coupe. That means functional design with a sharp appearance and even sharper handling.
When you take a step back and look at coupes, they’re usually passenger cars with a sloping or truncated rear roofline and two doors. Add two more doors, generous space and a little extra brawn, and you have the crossover coupe. It’s like the INFINITI QX50 crossover meshed with the Q60 sport coupe – the best of both worlds.
Creating the world’s first crossover coupe
Crossover coupes have become a trend in the industry, but when did they first debut? Well, a fun fact is that we released the world’s first crossover coupe back in 2003 – the INFINITI FX. What’s more, our Canadian team played a big part in the release, identifying a new desire for a crossover with the qualities of a sports car.
With chiselled bodywork, a sweeping rear roofline and plenty of panache, there was nothing like it at the time. And now, we’ve created a brand new crossover coupe that takes FX style to a whole other level. But before we dive into that, let’s see how crossover coupes compare to SUVs, sedans and coupes.
Considering a Crossover Coupe?
Get Ready for the All-New QX55
Whether you’re new to crossover coupes or a long-time fan, you may want to check out the all-new 2022 INFINITI QX55. It takes the style of our classic FX up several notches with a bold evolution of its iconic silhouette. With dynamic handling, abundant space and seamless tech, it’s the next generation of crossover coupes.
Looking for a Luxury Crossover?
Discover QX50, Our Most Advanced
If you’re drawn to the functionality of a premium crossover, you might like the QX50. Loaded with Driver Assist Technologies and our revolutionary VC-Turbo engine, it's a more advanced take on luxury. And with smart, elegant interior design, you feel right at home wherever life takes you.
More Interested In a Coupe?
Q60 Might Just Be Your Style
Crossovers resonate with many luxury drivers these days. But if they aren’t your thing, have a look at the Q60 coupe while you're here. A true head-turner, it boasts unbridled style and power. Plus, with smart ergonomics and Driver Assist Technologies, it's all about finesse.