Despite the age, the current generation of Infiniti’s full-size SUV still makes solid sales results. This Patrol-based luxury SUV offers a great balance between off- and on-road ride quality, and also brings a lot of luxury to the table. The current generation has been around since 2010 but it received two facelifts. So, the Japanese carmaker won’t rush with updates. Instead, we are about to see the current generation in production for a little bit more time. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue in the same way, without more important updates.
So, you may count on familiar design characteristics. It will feature the same design that was introduced in 2018, with the second facelift. Also, you may count on an SUV that offers pretty good driving dynamics, along with a spacious and comfortable interior. Finally, there is a pretty long list of standard equipment, especially when it comes to safety features. All this comes at a pretty affordable price, if we compare it with rivals.
As there are no bigger changes to come, we believe that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation has been around for more than a decade. However, the company doesn’t plan bigger changes for the next year and the 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue in the same way. Of course, keep in mind the updates, particularly the 2018 facelift, which has brought a completely new look. That update includes all kinds of novelties but the mechanical aspect remained largely the same.
In other words, this model still rides on a good-old F-Alpha platform and shares most of the parts with Nissan Patrol. This also means that it has a lot of off-road potentials. It features a pretty impressive 9.2 inches of ground clearance. Also, you may count on upgrades like a four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case etc.
Unlike the exterior, which received loads of updates during the past decade, the cabin hasn’t changed that much. That’s why many consider the dashboard outdated. Simply, its aesthetics belong to the previous generation of the automotive industry. Even though aesthetics look old, the overall quality is actually pretty good. This cabin includes fine materials, while the build quality is pretty much on par with rivals.
More importantly, this model offers a high level of functionality. First of all, it comes standard with three rows of seats and all three are spacious. Even the third-row offers a decent level of space. The cargo area also offers respectable numbers. 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 in total.
We don’t believe that many things could change for the next year’s model. The list of standard equipment should remain pretty much the same as for the current model, which comes standard with keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, a power liftgate, 8- and 7-inch touch screens, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 13-speaker stereo. Among few upgrades, you can find things like a 17-speaker sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch displays.
The same thing is with safety features. The list of standard equipment includes 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. Additionally, you can get adaptive headlights.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Engine
Things under the hood definitely won’t change, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue with a well-known 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. That’s a quite respectable amount of power, which makes this large SUV pretty quick. It needs just 6 seconds to hit 60 mph while driving dynamics, in general, are also impressive. The engine comes in pair with a 7-speed automatic transmission, which also does a pretty fine job, though it can hesitate with downshifts sometimes.
What’s not so impressive about this powertrain is fuel economy. You may count on about 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, while models with four-wheel drive are even thirstier. Those are some of the lowest ratings in the class.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 won’t feature bigger changes. That’s why there is no reason to see it before the last quarter of the year. Price changes aren’t expected either, so base models should go around 70.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Lexus LX, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade etc.