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2022 Infiniti QX80 - Nothing New or Improved

The QX80 received a few updates on the interior, but not enough to make the SUV worthy of attention

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The second-generation Infiniti QX80 started its life back in 2010 when it was actually called QX56. The name then changed for the 2014 model year, when it also received a mild update. So, needless to say, the current QX80 is not exactly a young model anymore.

And while many of you consider it as an overly glorified Nissan Armada, when we got the chance to test drive the QX80 we didn’t have too many bad things to say about it. Not sure if we will advise you to actually buy one, as the price is kind of high for a car that is not exactly a spring chicken, but, at the same time we can’t exactly say we will completely vote against it.

And, if you were hoping to tell you that Infiniti has just announced a new generation QX80, sorry to disappoint you, but the QX80 continues almost completely unchanged for one more year.

Did the exterior change at all?

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The front looks decent, with a nig grille, aggressive headlamps, and lots of chrome usage
Sadly, no! Despite the last update the QX80 received back in 2017, it still looks kind of outdated.

Let’s be honest, if you look at the SUV you don’t exactly think of a 2022 design. Think of Infiniti’s latest QX50 or QX60 and, compared to the QX80, and you will see the differences we are talking about.

The front look is dominated by a big grille - we were about to say huge, but then we remembered the new M3. The headlights look kind of aggressive and the extensive use of chrome give that "bling-bling" feeling.

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The rear however is simply a disaster. It is disproportionate and outdated to say the least!

The rear of the QX80 is what screams "redesign!" It is disproportionate and outdated, to say the least. When designing the rear of the new QX80, Infiniti aimed to make it "wider, taller and more athletic than its predecessor" - however it managed to obtain anything but that. It looks for sure taller - maybe too tall when compared to the front, but the rear is just weird. The taillights are too sharp and thin, the lines are too straight, and the bumper section is way too high.

Any updates on the interior?

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The center cluster was revised and received a widescreen, high-definition 12.3-inch Infiniti InTouch display with wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto compatibility

In fact, yes! The interior is the only part of the QX80 that was kind of updated for the 2022 model year. Not by much, but enough to make a difference. The center cluster has been revised and it offers a widescreen, high-definition 12.3-inch INFINITI InTouch display with wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto compatibility. All models will also be offered with a wireless smartphone charger.

What’s under the hood?

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Just like with everything else, no changes were made under the hood either.

The 2022 QX80 is powered by the same 5.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.

All models come equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and can be ordered in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The QX80 is a big car, so do not expect impressive performance figures. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 113 mph. However, it is very good when it comes to towing: 8,500 pounds - which is better than pretty much any model in this class.

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The 2022 QX80 will go on sale in late summer 2021

Of course, fuel economy is not one of the biggest points of the QX80. During city driving you will only get 13 mpg on AWD models and 14 mpg on 2WD models. On the highway things get a little better, but not impressive: 19 mpg for the AWD models and 20 mpg for the 2WD ones.

2022 Infiniti QX80 specifications
Engine 5.6-Liter V-8
Horsepower 400 @ 5,800 rpm
Torque 413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission 7-Speed Auto
Drive RWD \ AWD Optional
Towing Capacity 8,500 LBS
Fuel Economy 14 City \ 20 Highway
Curb Weight 5,676 - 5,921 LBS
0-60 MPH 6.3 Seconds
Top Speed 113 MPH


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The 2022 QX80 will go on sale in late summer 2021

The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will hit U.S. showrooms in late summer 2021. Prices will start from $70,600 for the base model. All models will be offered with all-wheel drive that adds another $3,100.

2022 Infiniti QX80 prices
2022 Infiniti QX80 Luxe $70,600
2022 Infiniti QX80 Luxe 4WD $73,700
2022 Infiniti QX80 Premium Select $75,385
2022 Infiniti QX80 Premium Select 4WD $78,485
2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory $82,235
2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory 4WD $85,335
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Today INFINITI announces its flagship body-on-frame SUV, the 2022 QX80, goes on sale this fall with a single, bigger interior touchscreen and wireless smartphone charger to complement its opulent interior, with an MSRP starting at $70,600.

The new 2022 QX80 has been significantly refined in 2022 with a widescreen, high-definition 12.3-inch INFINITI InTouch display that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto compatibility. Standard on all grades, the new display includes navigation with lane guidance and INFINITI’s InTouch Services. An all-new wireless smartphone charger is included along with a Bose® Premium Sound system, and Intelligent Cruise Control to support the driver.

"The new 2022 INFINITI QX80 has even more technology inside, adding to the luxury and remarkable strength it’s known for," said Jeff Pope, group vice president, INFINITI Americas. "The new QX80 takes its place at the top of our SUV lineup that’s growing bolder for 2022 with the all-new QX55 crossover coupe and, in just a few weeks, the completely redesigned QX60 three-row SUV."

The 2022 INFINITI QX80 arrives in U.S. showrooms in late summer 2021 and starts at $70,600 MSRP. INFINITI’s All-Mode four-wheel drive, which is available on all grades, costs $3,100.

At its heart, the new QX80 is powered by INFINITI’s 5.6-liter V-8 that makes 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with rear-wheel drive as standard or available with INFINITI All-Mode Four-Wheel Drive, the new 2022 QX80 is as capable and comfortable as ever.

Command at your fingertips
The new 2022 INFINITI QX80’s most significant change is inside, where a revised center cluster now offers a single, 12.3-inch high-definition INFINITI InTouch display for infotainment. The screen renders sharp and clear information, including navigation guidance, for all occupants of the QX80 and features wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto compatibility for entertainment on the go. A wireless smartphone charger is included as well, offering easy charging on the go for compatible smartphones and other devices.

Widescreen navigation with lane guidance is standard on all 2022 QX80s, including 5-year complimentary access to premium traffic and MapCare. A Wi-Fi hotspot to connect multiple devices is included (subscription sold separately after 30-day complimentary trial) and an available Rear Seat Entertainment system with twin, 8.0-inch screens offer on-the-go entertainment.

A Smart Rearview Mirror is standard on all QX80s and can display a sharp view behind the luxury three-row SUV when engaged, even if cargo or passengers obstruct rearward vision inside. An Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Front and Rear Sonar System is included to help make navigating tight parking spaces easier, and every QX80 is equipped with driver-assistance systems including Intelligent Cruise Control, Backup Collision Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, and Lane Departure Prevention.

Captivating exterior, capacious and calm interior
The new 2022 INFINITI QX80 continues with bold proportions and commanding exterior details such as available 22-inch alloy wheels, dark chrome accents, and chrome exterior accents. Inside, every QX80 features Napa leather-appointed seats in all three rows, standard second-row captain’s chairs, and heated front seats. Semi-aniline leather-appointed seats are available, as are climate-controlled front seats, an Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster™ technology and Grape Polyphenol filter, and Bose® Performance Series Audio with 17 speakers.

The 2022 INFINITI QX80 offers a four-wheel independent, double-wishbone suspension for a calm and confident ride. A hydraulic Body Motion Control System is available for a more refined ride and a rear automatic self-leveling suspension is standard on all models for more confident towing, which is rated up to 8,500 pounds1

Three well-equipped QX80 grades
The new 2022 INFINITI QX80 LUXE starts at $70,600 MSRP and includes Napa leather-appointed seating in all three rows, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch INFINITI InTouch display, Charcoal Burl trim, heated front seats, second row captain’s chairs that tip up for easier access to the third row, a Bose® 13-speaker premium audio system, a power liftgate and more.

The QX80 PREMIUM SELECT builds on that with 22-inch dark chrome alloy wheels, unique Matte Mocha Burl interior trim and more for $75,385 MSRP to start.

The QX80 SENSORY spares little for $82,235 MSRP and includes 22-inch dark chrome alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, semi-aniline leather-appointed seats, a Bose® Performance Audio 17-speaker sound system, Hydraulic Body Motion Control, climate-controlled front seats and more.

Assembled in Kyushu, Japan, the new 2022 INFINITI QX80 goes on sale later this summer in the U.S. and Canada with other markets to follow.

For more information about the 2022 INFINITI crossover and SUV lineup, check INFINITI’s global and regional newsrooms.

MSRP does not include Destination and Handling: $1,395

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