After ten years in the current generation, the company planning to launch the third series of the Infiniti QX80 badge. 2021 Infiniti QX80 will be built on the Monograph Concept while retaining the quality stuff from the previous version. Still, the critical issues are fixed, such as smartphone connectivity, agility, and outdated interior design.
However, there’s always a fuel-efficiency problem. Nissan’s full-size SUV returns only 16 mpg, with the standard rear-wheel drive system. The upcoming 2021 QX80 will be more luxurious than its predecessors. The exterior gets a couple of changes just to keep up with the elegant style of the cabin.
The entry-level is very well-equipped, not to mention the top-line Limited. The detailed list of standard and optional equipment is included in this review. Under the hood will be a 5.6-liter V6 drivetrain, the same one that powers the current Nissan Armada.
2021 Infiniti QX80 New Generation
The forthcoming 2021 Infiniti QX80 will be built on the new Monograph Concept. The platform was released in 2017, as a full-size SUV. But now, it will aid from the beginning in the construction of brand-new Infiniti. However, we don’t have the info on how significant will be the Monograph Concept’s influence on the vehicle. Still, the front fascia appears more appealing and matches perfectly with the exterior design language. Nissan announces that the full-sized luxury SUV comes with 24-inch wheels as standard. Frankly, we doubt that these will enter production. More likely, the standard option will be 21-inch rims, as a more proper and fitting to the styling.
Furthermore, those drooping headlights in front are replaced with the new sheet metal. Additionally, the remodeled tailgate and fender delivers a different type of elegance to the vehicle. The upcoming model will be almost 209 inches long and nearly 80 inches tall.
In one of the interviews, Nissan’s engineers say that they were fascinated by the cockpit design of luxury jets. Of course, they will try to incorporate some of that inspiration into the cabin of 2021 Infiniti QX80. The interior is very comfortable and filled up with high-quality materials. The seats are stain-protected and covered with genuine leather. Front seats offer excellent head/legroom space, while the rear seats are equally generous.
Moreover, the passengers in the back may enjoy the seat-installed entertainment system with large displays. On top of that, the customers will finally see Apple CarPlay connectivity. But, the Android Auto is still unavailable. Nevertheless, we hope it will become a standard feature very soon.
The base version of 2020 QX80 includes a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, moonroof, and navigation system. The heated front seats/Steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, and Around View Monitor Object Detection are available as well. The list continues with forward emergency braking, 2nd-row captain’s chair, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel.
Nissan offers one year of complimentary subscription to the Infiniti Connection telematics. This system consists of a 13-speaker Bose Premium Audio System with Bluetooth streaming and a USB connection.
2021 Infiniti QX80 comes with one whole new level of additional equipment. However, the base level – the Pure remains the same. Of course, the upgrades are available in the form of ProActive, ProAssist, Sensory, and Theater package. The ProActive includes a camera-based rearview mirror, adaptive front lighting, and Hydraulic Body Motion Control suspension.
The pre-crash seatbelts and headlight washers are optional features. Next, ProAssist bundles blind-spot warning, backup-collision prevention, distance control assist lane-departure prevention and active cruise control. The Sensory Package comes with a 15-speaker premium Bose sound system, semi-aniline quilted leather seating, and heated 2nr-row seats. All of these features are available on top-line QX80, as part of standard equipment.
Under the bonnet of 2021 Infiniti QX80 will be the same 5.6-liter V6 powertrain. This mill is capable of producing 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. The engine is linked to a 7-speed transmission with Adaptive Shift Control. The customers will have to choose between the four-whee- and two-wheel -drive systems.
The Hill Start Assist and Snow modes are available, so drivers can activate them in the necessary situations. The towing capacity of Nissan’s new full-size SUV will be over 8,500 pounds. But, the fuel burning is the weak spot of the vehicle.
With RWD, this SUV returns just 16 mpg. The AWD is a more expensive solution, but the problem remains. In fact, the AWD system consumes even more fuel.
When Does The 2021 Infiniti QX80 Coming Out?
The precise release date of 2021 Infiniti QX80 is still unknown. The 2020 version will make a debut relatively early. So, it will have plenty of time to cut a dash before the 2021 model comes in the dealerships. The Japanese automaker will probably wait until the Tokyo Auto Show to announce the official date.
The rear-wheel-drive model will cost around $66,500. The all-wheel-drive adds $3,000 to the price. The most expensive Limited model will come with a price tag of $91,200. With this price range, new QX80 will stay competitive with vehicles like Lexus LX570, Cadillac Escalade, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.