For a typical modern car, 11 years of production is way too much but genuine BoF SUVs are a different breed. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the current generation of Infiniti’s full-size SUV is still a relevant player on the market, even though most competitors are much younger. If we can rely on the latest reports, things won’t change in the next year either. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue in the same way, though minor tweaks are always possible.
So, you know what to expect from the next year’s model. This SUV may be old but still has a lot of great things to offer. First of all, we like how it drivers. Handling is great, while the engine delivers plenty of power. Furthermore, the SUV looks very attractive, while the list of standard and available equipment is pretty long. When it comes to things that aren’t so good, we should mention the outdated interior design, while the fuel economy is quite low.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Redesign
Just like we mentioned, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 probably won’t feature bigger changes. It will carry on with the same design, which originally dates from 2010. However, a lot of things have been changed and improved during these 11 years of production. This particularly refers to the styling, which was updated two times. The second update was a few years ago when we saw a completely new styling, based on the Monograph concept. The SUV looks amazing, more attractive than many younger rivals, so there is no doubt that next year won’t bring styling changes.
Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see minor updates. Naturally, new color options are some of the first things that come to mind. Also, Infiniti may surprise us with some new appearance packages as well.
On the inside, things aren’t that impressive. Here, the QX80 definitely shows its age and the dashboard definitely needs some refreshment. However, that won’t happen before a complete redesign. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue with the same cabin, which features some design elements that were typical for an earlier era of the automotive industry.
Despite the outdated look of the cabin, we can’t complain about the overall quality. The materials are fine, while fit&finish are very good. Also, we really like the seats, which are still some of the best in the class.
The QX80 comes standard with three rows of seats. The first two rows are very spacious and comfortable. On the other hand, the third row is a little bit tight, but still far away from being cramped. When it comes to cargo space, this SUV 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 volume. That’s pretty good for the class.
We don’t expect to see bigger changes in terms of standard equipment for the next year. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 should carry on with a pretty similar list of standard equipment, which currently includes tri-zone climate control, power liftgate, push-button start, moonroof, 8- and 7-inch touch screens, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, 13-speaker stereo etc. Additionally, you can get things like a 17-speaker sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch displays.
When it comes to safety, the current model comes standard with things like a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat alert, and automatic high-beam headlights. We don’t expect changes in this aspect either.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Engine
This aspect definitely won’t change and the 2022 Infiniti QX80 will continue to use the same, good-old 5.6-liter V8, which puts out around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty enough to provide solid driving dynamics. Also, the 7-speed automatic transmission works pretty well. You may also count on a two-speed transfer case, as well as on 9.1 inches of ground clearance, which is something that promises solid off-road performance. The max towing capacity goes up to 8.500 pounds, which is also quite respectable.
On the other side, the thing we don’t like about this powertrain is the fuel economy. It goes around 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is quite low, even for this class of SUVs.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
We don’t expect to see 2022 Infiniti QX80 in showrooms before the last quarter of the year. The lack of changes also means that the price shouldn’t change too much. For reference, the current model starts at around 70.000 dollars. Of course, the competition also remains the same and includes models like Toyota Land Cruiser, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade etc.