The 2021 Infiniti QX80 will be an all-new SUV with the Monograph concept underpinning the entire architecture. The company introduced the platform a couple of years ago and it didn’t take too long before it got into production. Engineers are also working on a new drivetrain, which should be more efficient than the existing V8. Luckily, the Monograph concept can also take electric powertrains, so a hybrid version of the QX80 is also an option for the future.
The new SUV is going to bring a new look. We can imagine the shape of the upcoming vehicle thanks to the existing platform. But, the interior of the prototype was too futuristic, and Infiniti is not going too far with the QX80. Still, updates will provide more space for passengers and cargo. One of the best things buyers can get is an autonomous drive. Nissan, the parent company, announced Level 4 for the near future. Is it going to happen for 2021 Infiniti QX80? We’ll see. Even if not, the SUV will get the best of the ProPilot self-driving features.
Infiniti is Updating the Whole Lineup
It is not a secret that in two years all Nissan and Infiniti SUVs are getting a new series. That is why the Japanese company is taking a year off and prepares big debuts for 2021. One of the stars is definitely the QX80, because of its size and luxury features. But, we will see more debuts and the spotlight is on the Nissan Rogue compact crossover, the vehicle that manages the best sales in the family. Also, we can hear that Infiniti QX60 is getting a hybrid drivetrain to be competitive to Lexus RX, Lincoln Aviator, and Acura MDX. These three models will debut first and Nissan will then bring Pathfinder, subcompact Juke, large Armada, and the smallest crossover in the premium lineup, QX50.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Specs
Under the bonnet of the current QX80 is a 5.6-liter V8 displacement. It has everything such a big SUV needs – power, torque, reliability, durability. It also consumes a lot of fuel. Improvements in this segment are the priority for engineers. That is why the future of the V8 unit is questionable. But, on the other hand, we see no replacement for 400 hp and 415 lb-ft coming from a 5.6-liter powerplant.
The loudest rumors are mentioning a twin-turbo V6 setup. It has sense, especially with Ford Expedition using that recipe and it actually works. Also, Toyota plans to bring a similar configuration to its big rigs. Currently, there are sports cars in Nissan’s lineup that use turbo setup with enough power for the big SUV. However, other things are also important, so the upcoming 2021 Infiniti QX80 will definitely get a unique configuration.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Hybrid
It is not a secret that Nissan is working hard on the electrification of its vehicles. The 2021 Infiniti QX80 seems to be the toughest task so far since the SUV requires an extreme amount of power and efficiency. So, the carmaker could start with some mild-hybrid system that will turn into PHEV or even the all-electric unit. But, the details about this drivetrain are limited and it is certain that 2021 YM is not getting the powerful electric setup.
The redesign of the 2021 Infiniti QX80 will be based on the Monograph concept. We saw the vehicle earlier and it brings everything the premium full-size SUV needs. Aggressive appearance and tough stance will be eye-catching. Well, 22-inch wheels are not the base offer, that is for sure. However, the QX80 is going to offer something spectacular. Inside, the SUV is more luxurious than ever. The new era will start with 2021 QX80, which will dictate some trends in the premium market.
We can hear that Nissan is developing a Level 4 autonomous drive. The most advanced system is in Tesla’s vehicles. The US carmaker is still at Level 2. Not only Nissan but also BMW has plans to launch vehicles with Level 4 self-driving system, skipping Level 3. Well, at this point it is a far-fetched story, but the new QX80 could be ready for the next step in evolution. Nissan and Infiniti are already leaders in the segment with the ProPilot services.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Release Date
The new 2021 Infiniti QX80 will debut by the end of this year. Then we will know more details about the styling, powertrain, and possible electric versions. The QX80 is one of the most affordable full-size SUVs in the market, but the new generation will increase its price. The MSRP won’t start under $80,000 and the top versions will go over $100k. If the Level 4 autonomous drive happens, then the price is not so stunning for the full-size luxury SUV.