Despite it’s been around for more than a decade, the current generation still has a couple of good things to offer. Based on the Y62 Nissan Patrol, the current model has been around since 2010. However, it was significantly updated a few times in the last four years, which clearly indicates that the Japanese manufacturer plans to keep it active for some more time. This means that you shouldn’t expect bigger changes from the 2023 Infiniti QX80. This should be a typical carryover model.
We expect to see a familiar design, with familiar pros and cons. There are many things to like about this SUV, starting from a potent V8 engine and pretty good driving dynamics. We also like the spacious cabin, while the new infotainment system is pretty easy to use. On the other hand, the main complaints go to poor fuel economy and outdated interior design.
Since no bigger changes are expected for the next year, we presume that the 2023 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Design
As we already mentioned, the current generation has been around for more than a decade and after the redesign of the Lexus LX, it’s become the oldest model in the segment. However, we saw a couple of big updates during this long production cycle. The biggest one happened in 2018 when this SUV received completely new styling, based on the Monograph concept. On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle remained largely the same. This model rides on a good-old F-Alpha platform and shares most of its parts with the Nissan Patrol Y62.
What’s important to keep in mind is that, despite being a genuine BoF SUV, the QX80 is rather an on-road hauler than an off-road performer. It offers no more than light off-road capability, with available four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, but it also lacks some off-roading essentials, such as locking differentials, skid plates, all-terrain tires etc.
The interior design shows signs of aging, especially if we look at the dashboard. However, it was updated recently with the new infotainment screen and a revised center stack, so we believe it could remain competitive enough for some more time. The overall build quality is good, despite outdated aesthetics. The materials are nice, and there is also a lot of attention to detail.
The front seats are massive and supportive, while the driving position is good. The second row is as spacious and comfortable, while the third one is a little bit tighter when compared to rivals like Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade.
The cargo area offers around 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 with the second and third rows folded. Those are pretty good ratings for the class.
We don’t believe that the next year’s model could bring more important changes for the next year. The list of standard equipment should remain largely the same, so all models should come standard with goodies like a 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, wireless device charging, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 13-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, four USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof. The list of available features isn’t very long and includes only things like a 17-speaker stereo and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch displays.
When it comes to safety, all models will come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, parking sensors, surround-view camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptrive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Infiniti QX80 will continue in the same way. You may count on a good-old 5.6-liter V8 engine, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Driving dynamics are actually pretty good. The QX80 accelerates pretty well, while the 7-speed automatic transmission does a very good job.
On the other hand, what’s not so good is fuel economy. You may count on no more than 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is very low even for the segment of mid-size SUVs. On the other hand, you may count on 8.500 pounds of the max towing capacity, which is one of the highest ratings in the class.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 72.000 dollars.