By many standards, the current generation of Infiniti’s flagship SUV is a real dinosaur. It has been on the market for 11 years and despite the updates, it can hardly be considered a fresh SUV, at least not as fresh as rivals like Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a relevant player in the segment. The company plans to keep it in production for a few more years and we are pretty sure that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 won’t bring any notable update.
All in all, you may count on a crossover that still has a couple of strong points. We like its powerful V8 engine, as well as pretty good handling. Furthermore, the interior quality is good, while the cabin is spacious. On the other side, the engine is thirsty and the dashboard feels old, while the third row is tight.
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Design
The current generation of this luxury SUV has been around since 2010. Despite the age, it still feels competitive in many aspects. For example, we like its chassis and suspension setup. The ride offers pretty good dynamics, while handling is engaging as well. Still, younger rivals feel more refined and offer a little bit more comfortable drive.
On the other side, no one can say that this SUV doesn’t look attractive. We saw a massive update three years ago, which has brought a completely new look. The styling is based on the Monographs concept and brings a bolder and sharper appearance.
All in all, it’s hard to believe that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 could come with any notable change. The mechanics will certainly remain the same. On the other side, we could see minor visual updates, in terms of new color options and similar things.
The cabin of this SUV hasn’t changed much since the initial launch eleven years ago. So, we are pretty sure that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 interior won’t be any different either. We are about to see a familiar cabin layout, which still has a couple of good things to offer, despite the age. Yes, the dashboard looks really old, but the materials and the build quality are actually pretty good.
Besides the good quality, this cabin is also quite spacious. The seating capacity goes up to eight people and the first two rows are really generous with passenger room. You can get second-row captain’s chairs as well, for an additional level of comfort. On the other side, the third row is a little bit tighter than you would expect from a vehicle of this size, but still far away from being cramped.
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 a vast 95.1 cubic feet of the total volume. That’s good but some rivals offer even more.
There’s always a chance to see updates in terms of new standard features but we doubt that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 could come with too many of these novelties. Moreover, we believe that the list of standard equipment will remain pretty much the same as in the current model. The current model comes standard with tech goodies like 7- and 8-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and a 13-speaker stereo, as well as with things like a moonroof, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, you can get a 17-speaker sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch displays.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with 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 Engine
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue with a good-old 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Driving dynamics are actually pretty good and the 0-60 time goes around six seconds. The seven-speed automatic transmission does a fine job too.
The engine is great in terms of power but it’s also pretty thirsty. You may count on about 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, which is some of the lowest ratings in the segment.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we are pretty sure that the 2022 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market sometime late in the year. The price should also remain pretty much the same as for the current model, which starts at around 70.000 dollars.