Infiniti reveals new QX80 three-row luxury SUV

New flagship QX80 is the first of the four new models that are part of a comprehensive range refresh, signalling a product renaissance for the Japanese luxury carmaker.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 21 Mar 2024 Views icon3898 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Nissan Motor Co’s luxury vehicle division Infiniti has revealed the all-new, three-row, 2025 Infiniti QX80, aiming to reset the full-size luxury SUV benchmark. The QX80 is the first of the four new models announced in October 2023, as part of a comprehensive range refresh, signalling a product renaissance for the company.

As the flagship of the lineup and first new model, the QX80’s USPs are extraordinary comfort, convenience and technology for all three rows. In front, the QX80 wears the newest iteration of the signature Infiniti double-arch grille complementing the illuminated Infiniti emblem which now has a more three-dimensional appearance.

In a nod to the Japanese principle of thoughtful hospitality, the QX80 features a dramatic welcome sequence that includes activation of the available Infiniti Light Path, and flush door handles that automatically extend when approaching the vehicle with the key fob.

In the interior, the dashboard concept uses two 14.3-inch displays. The latest Infiniti in Touch system comes with Google built in so that Google Maps, Google Play, and Google Assistant are the latest available.

A separate, 9-inch touchscreen mounted below provides convenient control of all climate functions, as well as front seat heating or cooling operations and a selection of QX80’s drive modes.

A segment-first technology, available Biometric Cooling, helps keep the second row at a comfortable temperature. An infrared sensor integrated into the vehicle’s headliner detects when a passenger is hot and near-instantly adjusts the temperature and air flow to send cool air to the second row.

In addition, Front Wide View, a world-first technology, uses cameras to provide a wide view to the sides of the vehicle across both 14.3-inch displays. Similarly, innovative functions include Invisible Hood View, which uses advanced image processing to take footage from the vehicle’s exterior cameras to project an image of what’s directly in front of the vehicle onto the in-car displays, and the Journey Diary function that can capture photos or videos from the forward-facing camera to share on social platforms. The Klipsch premium audio system, another segment-first technology, are on the QX80. Lighting can also help set the mood with 64-color Personalized Ambient Lighting, incorporated within the dashboard and doors.

All models feature a standard VR35DDTT 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged engine, rated for 450 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Complementing the new engine is a 9-speed automatic transmission with a 40% wider gear-ratio range, allowing for both responsive acceleration and efficient highway cruising.

While Electronic Air Suspension and Dynamic Digital Suspension further refine the ride and handling of the QX80, the air suspension lowers by 1.2 inches at speed for aerodynamic improvements. When parked, it can lower by 2.8 inches from normal to an Easy Access level – significantly easing ingress and egress of passengers or loading or unloading baggage. For use in more rugged terrain, an off-road setting raises the air suspension 2.4 inches above the QX80’s normal ride height. The Dynamic Digital Suspension allows constant measuring of the vehicle’s motion, helping automatically regulate damping force with electronically controlled capability.

Additional ride and handling enhancements include a frame with 58% greater lateral stiffness versus the preceding QX80 and the adoption of an electric power steering rack, which has 300% increased torsional stiffness and facilitates advanced driver assistance features.

As standard, the QX80 includes an extensive list of advanced driver-assistance technologies, including ProPILOT Assist 2.1, applied to Infiniti models for the first time, that elevates the experience by allowing attentive drivers to take their hands off the wheel in certain freeway driving scenarios.

The all-new 2025 Infiniti QX80 will reach dealer showrooms in the US later this year with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices starting at $82,450.

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