The current generation of Infiniti’s full-size SUV has been around for a very, very long time. The initial model arrived 12 years ago and now that the Lexus LX has been redesigned finally, the QX80 remains, by far, the oldest model in the class. However, numerous updates kept it from becoming outdated and we could same that they made the QX80 age with dignity. The most recent update happened recently, with the 2022 model year, when we saw a completely new infotainment system, along with a few more revisions to the dashboard. That’s why we are pretty sure that the current generation is about to remain in production for some more time. The 2023 Infiniti QX80 should come without more important changes.
This means that the next year’s model will continue with familiar design characteristics, with familiar pros and cons. Despite the age, this SUV still has a lot of great things to offer, starting from a capable V8 engine, spacious cabin and surprisingly athletic handling. On the other hand, it lacks certain modern features and features really poor fuel economy.
Considering that there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Infiniti QX80 is expected to be a typical carryover model. We count on a familiar design, which has been around since 2010. This SUV rides on a good-old F-Alpha platform, just like the Patrol, and it offers surprisingly athletic handling, considering the model’s size and weight. At the same time, the ride is pretty smooth and comfortable.
Of course, we’ve seen a few visual updates during this long production cycle. The last one happened three years ago, when the QX80 came with a completely new design, based on the Monograph Concept. The styling looks very fresh and very attractive, and that’s why we are pretty sure the next year’s model won’t bring any visual changes. Still, we wouldn’t exclude the possibility to see things like new appearance packages, new color options etc.
After the last year’s update, we have no doubt that the 2023 Infiniti QX80 interior will also remain the same. The recent update brought a couple of pretty significant updates, particularly in terms of the new infotainment screen, which replaced the old dual-screen setup. The new infotainment system is easy to use and also comes with wireless smartphone integration. Furthermore, the rest of the cabin looks very good. There are some outdated bits, but the overall quality is at a pretty impressive level.
As we are talking about a full-size SUV, it’s not a surprise that the amount of passenger space is pretty generous. The front seats are very massive and offer a high level of comfort, while the second row is also pretty generous in this aspect. Finally, the third row is also pretty functional and spacious.
The cargo area offers 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 of the total cargo volume. While that’s undoubtedly plenty of space, rivals like Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator offer even more.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible but we have no doubt that most of the things will remain the same. Therefore, expect to see base models equipped with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 13-speaker stereo, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, remote start etc. Considering that the list of standard features is pretty generous, it’s not a surprise that the list of options includes just a couple of things, such as a 17-inch audio system and rear-seat entertainment system.
The same thing is with safety features. So, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, surround-view parking camera etc.
2023 Infiniti QX80 Engine
Expect no changes under the hood. The 2023 Infiniti QX80 will carry on with a good-old 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and comes in pair with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The whole system works pretty well – the ride is smooth, while driving dynamics are also pretty impressive.
Unfortunately, this capable engine is also pretty thirsty. You may count on no more than 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, which is pretty low by the segment standards.
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.