Being old doesn’t necessarily mean bad. The QX80 is a perfect example. This full-size luxury SUV hasn’t been redesigned for more than a decade but it still has a lot of good things to offer. The most interesting part of all is that the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t plan to redesign it in the next few years. So, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 is about to come with a familiar design. The only changes we could see are those minor ones, in terms of new features and color options.
The overall layout will certainly remain the same. Therefore, you may count on an SUV that comes with pretty impressive driving manners for such a large vehicle. We like its handling and its capable engine. Also, the amount of passenger space is pretty good, while the build quality is great, despite the age.
As there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation has been around for a full decade. However, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 redesign won’t happen. Instead, the current model will remain in production for a few more years, which means that you may count on familiar design characteristics. This SUV still offers pretty engaging handling, which is one of its strongest points. At the same time, the ride is smooth and comfortable.
Visually, the last time we saw changes was four years ago when this SUV adopted a completely new styling, based on the Monograph concept. It still looks pretty attractive, even when compared to a much younger competition. Therefore, we expect that the next year won’t bring any particular styling change. Still, there is always a chance for minor updates in terms of new color options etc.
Unlike the exterior design, which was significantly updated for the 2018 model year, the inside of this SUV remained pretty much the same as in the initial model from a decade ago. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many see its dashboard design outdated. Simply, such design solutions belong to another era and younger rivals like Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator look way more upscale. Still, we can’t say that the overall quality is bad. It is actually very nice.
You may expect from the 2022 Infiniti QX80 interior the same amount of passenger space. The first two rows are very generous in this aspect and provide a comfortable ride all day long. On the other side, the third row seems a little bit tight by the class standards. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 49.6 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 95.1 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which seems pretty good for the class.
Although there is a chance to see a couple of novelties in terms of new features, we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same as in the current model. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like 8- and 7-inch touch screens, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, 13-speaker stereo, keyless entry, tri-zone climate control, moonroof, power liftgate etc. The list of standard equipment also includes a long list of safety features, such as a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a rear seat alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Engines
Changes under the hood definitely won’t happen. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 is about to carry on with a good-old 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough to move this SUV with ease. Moreover, driving dynamics are actually pretty impressive. The same thing goes for handling, so we can say that the overall driving experience is pretty good. Even the old 7-speed automatic transmission does a decent job, though it sometimes hesitates with downshifts.
Fuel economy is one of the weakest points of this SUV. You may count on just around 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, which is well below-average for the class. Models with 4WD are even thirstier.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
If we consider that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 probably won’t feature any particular change, it’s quite obvious that the launch date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 70.000 dollars, which is notably lower compared to rivals like Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX etc.