The current generation of this full-size SUV stands out for many reasons, including great driving dynamics and handling. Also, it is more affordable than rivals. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that the current generation has been around for a quite long time. It was introduced almost a decade ago, which seems too long, given today’s industry standards. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many reports suggest that the 2021 Infiniti QX80 could come completely redesigned in a year or two.
The upcoming redesign would bring a lot of novelties in various aspects. Naturally, we count on all those typical updates, starting from new aesthetics, new technologies and more. There’s a big chance to see new powertrain options as well, although it seems pretty certain that the 2021 Infiniti QX80 won’t get any form of electrification. Keep in mind that these reports about the redesign are unofficial. The company is still quiet in this manner, which indicates this may not happen after all. Therefore, keep the following paragraphs with a reserve.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Redesign
Considering that the current model has been around since 2010, we count on pretty big changes for this redesign. Once again, the luxury SUV will be in a close relationship with models like Patrol and Armada. Considering that these two SUVs are about to come completely redesigned, so the 2021 Infiniti QX80 should arrive soon after. The first thing about this redesign that comes to mind is the platform. According to the latest reports, the Japanese manufacturer won’t introduce a completely new one, but rather a new version of the current F-Alpha architecture. First of all, this means no hybrid models in the future. Also, we expect notable improvements in aspects like weight reduction and overall ride quality.
When it comes to the exterior design, we probably won’t see bigger changes in terms of dimensions. The current model features around 121.5 inches in the wheelbase, which seems pretty typical for the class. More importantly, this size ensures enough space in all three rows of seats, as well as a quite respectable cargo volume. Therefore, we don’t expect more important changes in this aspect.
On the other side, we count on a completely new styling. The 2021 Infiniti QX80 will utilize a completely new design language, which would make it far more competitive. It’s still early to talk about details, but this would probably mean further development of the styling approach that was introduced with the Monograph concept. We don’t expect to see any radical change in this aspect.
The current generation of this luxury crossover is a kind of mixed bag. On one side, it features a quite functional cabin, which offers a lot of space. Under the right circumstances, it can comfortably accommodate adult passengers in all three rows of seats, which isn’t a common thing even among full-size SUVs. The cargo area is also quite spacious.
On the other side, the current model has been around for almost a decade and it definitely shows signs of aging. The dashboard looks a little bit outdated, although the overall quality of materials is on a decent level for the class. Still, the QX80 definitely can’t keep pace with the competition in terms of the infotainment system and other technologies, so we may presume in which direction the new cabin will go.
We expect to see a modern layout, with a higher quality of materials and more attractive aesthetics. Still, the focus will probably be on new technologies and we expect a lot from the new model in this aspect.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Engine
As we already mentioned, the 2021 Infiniti QX80 is about to stick to a familiar F-Alpha platform, which means we won’t see any kind of electrified powertrain. Most likely, the large 5.6-liter V8 will remain in the offer. Still, we count on a couple of modifications, which would provide more power and better fuel economy. The current version of the engine is good for about horsepower and returns around 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
Also, there is a big chance to see another engine option in the offer. Many reports are suggesting a turbo V6 option in the offer, which would feature a much better fuel economy compared to the V8, which delivers a respectable amount of power at the same time. We presume it would be a 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit, which already powers several models under the Infiniti badge.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
According to most reports, the new generation of this full SUV will hit the market in a year or two. The current model is characterized by a quite attractive price but we could expect that the new 2021 Infiniti QX80 would cost a little bit more. Still, keep in mind that official reports are yet to come, so take this article with a reserve.