The current generation of Infiniti’s flagship SUV has been around for a very long time and after the redesign of Lexus LX, it is by far the oldest model in the class. However, it still makes decent sales numbers, mainly because of the attractive price. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the next year’s 2023 Infiniti QX80 won’t feature bigger changes, especially if we consider that recent update that has brought a new infotainment screen and other interior novelties.
All in all, you may count on an SUV that may be old but still has a couple of good things to offer. For example, we like its capable V8 engine and smooth transmission. Furthermore, the cabin quality is good, while the cargo area is pretty generous with space. On the other hand, the main complaints go to poor fuel economy and dated dashboard design.
As there are no significant changes to come, 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, this is the oldest model in the class. The current generation has been around since 2010 and despite the updates, the overall layout remained the same. This model still rides on a good-old F-Alpha platform. Despite that, the suspension setup is pretty good and the QX80 offers surprisingly engaging handling. The level of comfort is pretty high too.
When it comes to the styling, we’ve seen a couple of updates during this long production cycle. The first one was in 2015, while the second update happened in 2018. For that occasion, the company offered a completely new styling, based on the QX80 Monograph concept. This styling is still active and presumes that the 2023 Infiniti QX80 will carry on in the same way.
We don’t expect to see interior changes, especially not after the recent interior update, which has brought a completely new center stack. There is a new 12.3-inch infotainment screen, which looks nice and also comes with lots of modern features. Also, there are new climate controls and we could say that the dash looks way better than before. However, the rest of the cabin remained the same, which makes it feel a little bit old, especially when compared with recently redesigned rivals, such as Cadillac Escalade and Lexus LX.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about regarding interior space. There are three rows of seats and while the first two are very generous with space, the third row is also good enough to accommodate adults. The cargo area offers around 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 49.6 cubic feet behind the second, and 95.1 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Those are pretty good numbers for the class.
The 2023 QX80 may come with a couple of novelties but most of the things should remain the same as in the current model. So, all models will come standard with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, HD radio, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and a power liftgate. Among options, expect to find goodies like a 17-speaker audio system, rear-seat entertainment system etc.
Also, this SUV will come with a long list of standard safety features. Some of the highlights are rearview mirror with camera display, surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Engine
Under the hood, you will find a good-old 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The engine is pretty capable and has enough power to move this large SUV from zero to sixty in six seconds. The engine comes in pair with a 7-speed automatic transmission, which also does a pretty good job. It is smooth and shifts mostly in a timely manner. Rear-wheel-drive models are standard, while 4WD versions are available too.
On the other hand, a big downside of the V8 engine is fuel economy, which isn’t great at all. You may count on about 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Models with four-wheel drive are even thirstier.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
The 2023 Infiniti QX80 should hit the market sometime late in the year, with a starting price of around 72.000 dollars.