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Infiniti is at the beginning of a brand revival, and it's starting at the top with a redesigned QX80. The full-size flagship SUV has been rebuilt from the ground up with a whole new design direction, and it makes for a very refreshing departure from its predecessor that has been on sale for 14 years. That model hit the market around 2010, though some notable updates came for the 2015 and 2018 model years. This clean sheet design that arrives for 2025 improves on the previous platform in nearly every way, offering new powertrains and more space inside.




The exterior is a spitting image of the QX Monograph concept that debuted last summer, with very few changes separating the design from prototype to production form. Infiniti's latest 'Artistry in Motion' design language brings on a bold new front end with a new take on its double-arch grille, and that's flanked by a pair of slim, blocky DRLs mounted high above the main headlight units. Other notable features include the brand's newly evolved illuminated logo, along with vertical air curtains to improve aerodynamics.


Moving past the front end, the QX80 keeps its familiar boxy profile, but streamlines it with a flatter hood, simpler lines, and cleaner intakes on the front fenders. The look is further modernized with flush door handles along the sides, as well as a reshaped greenhouse that wraps around to meet the rear windshield. A beveled trim element is positioned below the thinner D-pillar, and in range-topping Autograph form, it is adorned with a corresponding badge. At the rear of the vehicle, there's a new full-width light bar connecting the chunky taillights, with over 300 LEDs mimicking the blocky lighting signature on the front DRLs.



The QX80's new design is rounded out with a fancy new paint option called Dynamic Metal, which took Infiniti over six years to perfect. The automaker describes the new color as a sort of "liquid metal" with metallic flakes that are supposed to lay flat on the bodywork to ensure a "smooth texture." This color also features slight changes in hue from different viewing angles.


Finally, let's not forget Infiniti's trick new Light Path feature, which greets approaching owners with a welcome sequence that incorporates the illuminated logo and daytime running lights up front, while the flush door handles extend outward. That's followed by a wing-like design that is projected onto the ground below the doors.





Unlike last year's model, you won't be finding this interior in a Nissan. The tablet-style touchscreen tacked onto the decade-old dash just didn't cut it, especially when the mechanically-related Nissan Armada offered a similar layout for fewer dollars. This time around, Infiniti looks to avoid overlap with the QX80's cheaper sibling, and the result is a striking new cabin that fully justifies the luxury price tag. The whole thing is draped in soft-touch leather accentuated by bits of wood and metal. Curved lines flow around the screens and along the door panels, and occupants are bathed in color with an ambient lighting system offering 64 different hues.


It all starts with a completely redesigned steering wheel in front of the driver, which features a two-spoke design that incorporates an array of physical controls on either side. Perhaps more exciting is the new set of dual 14.3-inch displays, which are joined under a single panel and house a vastly modernized infotainment system with Google built-in. That's not all, as a smaller 9-inch display curves and seemingly melts into the wide center console, and it manages climate and front seat controls with haptic feedback. There's also a button-style drive mode selector just below it, and buyers can opt for a cooled box stored within the center console.


To keep passengers comfortable, the QX80 offers heated, ventilated, and massaging seats in the first and second rows, and the third row is heated as well. The SUV also adds a newly-optional biometric cooling system, which makes use of an infrared sensor within the headliner to "rapidly cool off" second-row passengers if they are detected as hot. According to Infiniti, this system cuts the time it takes to reach a comfortable temperature in half.



The QX80 continues its technology overhaul with an advanced new camera system. A new Front Wide View feature projects a 170-degree view of the SUV's surroundings directly onto the main interior displays, while a handy Invisible Hood tool displays the area in front of the vehicle "as if one could see right through the engine bay." These are joined by an updated version of the SUV's existing AroundView monitor and a new digital rearview mirror. The camera trickery continues inside, where a new in-car camera enables a better view of the second-row passengers, along with remote monitoring of the vehicle. The interior and front-facing exterior cameras can also be used for a new feature called Journey Diary, which allows users to capture photos and videos to upload to social media.


All models will also offer a high-end sound system from Klipsch, with the QX80 Pure and Luxe featuring a 14-speaker, 600-watt setup , while the Sensory and Autograph upgrade to a 24-speaker system with titanium tweeters, an 8-inch TriPower subwoofer, and a 24-channel amplifier. The latter version also integrates speakers on the front headrests, and there are four speakers mounted along the headliner.


While we're still talking trims, the Autograph is the new range-topper, and it gets all the bells and whistles. That includes some exclusive exterior design elements, along with semi-aniline quilted leather seats, open-pore ash wood trim with laser-cut aluminum inlays, and an additional touchscreen for rear passengers to control settings for the climate and seats.


While the 'luxury' in full-size luxury SUV has undoubtedly been covered, Infiniti has also addressed the 'full-size' part. The new QX80 boasts 30% more room in the cargo area behind the third row, and there's 18% more room behind the second row seats. This is thanks in part to a flatter floor, along with a small 1-inch increase in length. It's worth noting that the flagship Infiniti comes with either seven or eight seats––no extra spacious four-seat configurations are offered.




The QX80 also undergoes some big changes under the hood, where its 5.6 liter V8 engine has been swapped out for a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6. Despite the smaller displacement, this new powertrain actually makes more power. A total of 450 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque represent considerable increases of 50 hp and 103 lb-ft, and this extra punch is routed through a new nine-speed automatic that replaces the old seven-speed. The Pure and Luxe models send power to the rear wheels only, while the Sensory and Autograph feature four-wheel drive. The SUV is also assisted by an air suspension that can lower it by 2.8 inches or raise it by 2.4 inches.


The 2025 Infiniti QX80 will bring its fresh metal to showrooms this summer, ushering in a much-needed departure from the stale lineup that currently sits on the brand's lots. As a result of the huge upgrades, the redesigned QX80 jumps significantly from the old $74,150 starting price, as it now begins at $82,450 before destination. But it's not all that bad when rivals such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator cost a similar $81,895 and $82,765.


Image Credits: Infiniti
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2025 Infiniti QX80 Marks The Beginning Of A Brand Renaissance

The new QX80 is a vast departure from the 14-year old model it replaces.

Infiniti is at the beginning of a brand revival, and it's starting at the top with a redesigned QX80. The full-size flagship SUV has been rebuilt from the ground up with a whole new design direction, and it makes for a very refreshing departure from its predecessor that has been on sale for 14 years. That model hit the market around 2010, though some notable updates came for the 2015 and 2018 model years. This clean sheet design that arrives for 2025 improves on the previous platform in nearly every way, offering new powertrains and more space inside.




The exterior is a spitting image of the QX Monograph concept that debuted last summer, with very few changes separating the design from prototype to production form. Infiniti's latest 'Artistry in Motion' design language brings on a bold new front end with a new take on its double-arch grille, and that's flanked by a pair of slim, blocky DRLs mounted high above the main headlight units. Other notable features include the brand's newly evolved illuminated logo, along with vertical air curtains to improve aerodynamics.


Moving past the front end, the QX80 keeps its familiar boxy profile, but streamlines it with a flatter hood, simpler lines, and cleaner intakes on the front fenders. The look is further modernized with flush door handles along the sides, as well as a reshaped greenhouse that wraps around to meet the rear windshield. A beveled trim element is positioned below the thinner D-pillar, and in range-topping Autograph form, it is adorned with a corresponding badge. At the rear of the vehicle, there's a new full-width light bar connecting the chunky taillights, with over 300 LEDs mimicking the blocky lighting signature on the front DRLs.



The QX80's new design is rounded out with a fancy new paint option called Dynamic Metal, which took Infiniti over six years to perfect. The automaker describes the new color as a sort of "liquid metal" with metallic flakes that are supposed to lay flat on the bodywork to ensure a "smooth texture." This color also features slight changes in hue from different viewing angles.


Finally, let's not forget Infiniti's trick new Light Path feature, which greets approaching owners with a welcome sequence that incorporates the illuminated logo and daytime running lights up front, while the flush door handles extend outward. That's followed by a wing-like design that is projected onto the ground below the doors.





Unlike last year's model, you won't be finding this interior in a Nissan. The tablet-style touchscreen tacked onto the decade-old dash just didn't cut it, especially when the mechanically-related Nissan Armada offered a similar layout for fewer dollars. This time around, Infiniti looks to avoid overlap with the QX80's cheaper sibling, and the result is a striking new cabin that fully justifies the luxury price tag. The whole thing is draped in soft-touch leather accentuated by bits of wood and metal. Curved lines flow around the screens and along the door panels, and occupants are bathed in color with an ambient lighting system offering 64 different hues.


It all starts with a completely redesigned steering wheel in front of the driver, which features a two-spoke design that incorporates an array of physical controls on either side. Perhaps more exciting is the new set of dual 14.3-inch displays, which are joined under a single panel and house a vastly modernized infotainment system with Google built-in. That's not all, as a smaller 9-inch display curves and seemingly melts into the wide center console, and it manages climate and front seat controls with haptic feedback. There's also a button-style drive mode selector just below it, and buyers can opt for a cooled box stored within the center console.


To keep passengers comfortable, the QX80 offers heated, ventilated, and massaging seats in the first and second rows, and the third row is heated as well. The SUV also adds a newly-optional biometric cooling system, which makes use of an infrared sensor within the headliner to "rapidly cool off" second-row passengers if they are detected as hot. According to Infiniti, this system cuts the time it takes to reach a comfortable temperature in half.



The QX80 continues its technology overhaul with an advanced new camera system. A new Front Wide View feature projects a 170-degree view of the SUV's surroundings directly onto the main interior displays, while a handy Invisible Hood tool displays the area in front of the vehicle "as if one could see right through the engine bay." These are joined by an updated version of the SUV's existing AroundView monitor and a new digital rearview mirror. The camera trickery continues inside, where a new in-car camera enables a better view of the second-row passengers, along with remote monitoring of the vehicle. The interior and front-facing exterior cameras can also be used for a new feature called Journey Diary, which allows users to capture photos and videos to upload to social media.


All models will also offer a high-end sound system from Klipsch, with the QX80 Pure and Luxe featuring a 14-speaker, 600-watt setup , while the Sensory and Autograph upgrade to a 24-speaker system with titanium tweeters, an 8-inch TriPower subwoofer, and a 24-channel amplifier. The latter version also integrates speakers on the front headrests, and there are four speakers mounted along the headliner.


While we're still talking trims, the Autograph is the new range-topper, and it gets all the bells and whistles. That includes some exclusive exterior design elements, along with semi-aniline quilted leather seats, open-pore ash wood trim with laser-cut aluminum inlays, and an additional touchscreen for rear passengers to control settings for the climate and seats.


While the 'luxury' in full-size luxury SUV has undoubtedly been covered, Infiniti has also addressed the 'full-size' part. The new QX80 boasts 30% more room in the cargo area behind the third row, and there's 18% more room behind the second row seats. This is thanks in part to a flatter floor, along with a small 1-inch increase in length. It's worth noting that the flagship Infiniti comes with either seven or eight seats––no extra spacious four-seat configurations are offered.




The QX80 also undergoes some big changes under the hood, where its 5.6 liter V8 engine has been swapped out for a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6. Despite the smaller displacement, this new powertrain actually makes more power. A total of 450 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque represent considerable increases of 50 hp and 103 lb-ft, and this extra punch is routed through a new nine-speed automatic that replaces the old seven-speed. The Pure and Luxe models send power to the rear wheels only, while the Sensory and Autograph feature four-wheel drive. The SUV is also assisted by an air suspension that can lower it by 2.8 inches or raise it by 2.4 inches.


The 2025 Infiniti QX80 will bring its fresh metal to showrooms this summer, ushering in a much-needed departure from the stale lineup that currently sits on the brand's lots. As a result of the huge upgrades, the redesigned QX80 jumps significantly from the old $74,150 starting price, as it now begins at $82,450 before destination. But it's not all that bad when rivals such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator cost a similar $81,895 and $82,765.


Image Credits: Infiniti

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