Someone would say that this SUV is quite old, but there is no doubt it still has a lot of things to offer. After all, sales have been in constant increase in the past few years. Therefore, we have no doubt that the 2020 Infiniti QX80 will continue in the same way, without more important changes. The current generation has been around since 2010. That seems way too much for today’s standards, as most rivals are much younger. Still, the QX80 has a lot of trumps, such as excellent driving characteristics, affordable price, a long list of standard safety features and spacious cargo area.
All this leads us to the conclusion that the current model could easily carry on for a couple of more years. Most likely, a complete overhaul will happen in about two years, when we expect to see a completely new model, developed along with Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero. Until then, the 2020 Infiniti QX80 will come with familiar design characteristics and features. We expect to see it sometime late in the year.
2020 Infiniti QX80 Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, this SUV hasn’t changed too much since the initial launch in 2010. It rides on a well-known Y62 platform, the same one that underprints the legendary Nissan Patrol. Moreover, the two models share most of the mechanics, so its no wonder that the QX80 is also characterized by impressive driving characteristics. Younger rivals may be more opulent and with more tech features, but just a small number of them can keep up with amazing handling and driving dynamics that this model offers.
Visuall, we saw a major update a couple of years ago. This large SUV receive significant styling improvements, based on the Monograph concept. The styling is pretty much up-to-date and this aspect definitely doesn’t show the age of the QX80.
On the other side, the interior does show the age of this SUV. The overall quality is actually great. All materials feature high quality, while the dashboard still looks pretty stylish. However, younger rivals come with far more styling details, as well as with much more tech features, and that is the aspect where 2020 Infiniti QX80 will continue to lag behind the competition.
Still, the cabin is quite comfortable. The SUV comes standard with three rows of seats and all of them are pretty spacious and comfortable. Even the third row can accommodate adult passengers, which isn’t the case with many full-size SUVs. Also, the cargo area is pretty spacious. You can count on about 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes up to 95 cubic feet.
The trim level organization is about to remain the same. It is pretty simple and includes only two versions in the offer – Luxe and Limited.
The base Luxe already comes with loads of standard equipment. 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights and LED foglights are some of the exterior highlights. On the inside, you can count on things like tri-zone climate control, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated power front seats and driver memory settings. When it comes to tech goodies, some of the notable standard features are an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, four USB ports, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth etc.
The Limited trim comes with several upgrades. Some of the highlights are speed-sensitive steering, adaptive and auto-leveling headlights, upgraded seat belts, live rearview camera, upgraded leather upholstery, 15-speaker Bose audio system and many more things.
When it comes to safety features, all models come with systems like a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, and forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. You can also get optional ProAssist package, which adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention etc.
2020 Infiniti QX80 Engine
The 2020 Infiniti QX80 will continue with a well-known 5.6-liter V8 engine, which delivers around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The engine is coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission and ensures great driving dynamics, along with a very smooth and comfortable ride. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but you can also opt for AWD layout.
The downside of this engine is poor fuel economy, which goes around 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. A max towing capacity goes around 8.500 pounds.
2020 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
We don’t expect to see any notable changes for the 2020 Infiniti QX80. So, it should hit the market sometime late in the year. When it comes to the price, base models will go around 65.500 dollars. The next generation is expected to arrive in about two years. At this point, we don’t know too many details about it. Still, many reports are suggesting that the new model will be developed along with the new Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero.