Infiniti is refraining from heavy investment in the current aging QX80 model. The automaker has unveiled pricing and changes for the 2024 model year of its flagship SUV, the QX80. Despite the glimpse we’ve had of the all-new QX80 thanks to the QX Monograph concept revealed at Pebble Beach recently, the current version, a sibling to the Nissan Armada, will remain in production for at least another year.
For 2024, the QX80 will introduce a new Dark Chrome Appearance Package exclusively for the top-tier Sensory trim level. Opting for this package enhances the SUV’s appearance with black-painted mirror caps and a Dark Chrome finish on the front fascia, grille surround, fender vents, and liftgate trim. This package comes at a price of $750, making it the costliest upgrade for the QX80.
The 2024 QX80 lineup maintains three trims: Luxe, Premium Select, and Sensory. The Luxe model starts at $74,150, representing a $1,450 increase from the 2023 version. The Premium Select is priced at $78,300, while the Sensory trim is available for $85,350; both of these upper trims are $1,000 more expensive than their previous iterations. Adding four-wheel-drive to the Sensory model costs an extra $3,150, while the same addition to the Premium Select or Sensory comes at a cost of $3,100.
Under the hood, the QX80 retains its reliable yet fuel-thirsty 5.6-liter V8 engine, generating 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, paired with an outdated seven-speed automatic transmission. With 4WD, the QX80 manages only 15 mpg combined fuel efficiency. The upcoming QX80 generation is expected to adopt a turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 450 hp, aligning with the shift away from gas-guzzling V8s.
Despite the introduction of a new appearance package, the QX80 still reveals its age. While it offers a plush interior, including features like semi-aniline quilted leather and a 17-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system in the top model, the outdated body-on-frame platform exposes its unrefined driving dynamics. Safety ratings lag behind other full-size SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, and the third-row seating is cramped. Adding to the challenges, the base QX80 is priced higher than the fully equipped Nissan Armada.
The forthcoming QX80 will be part of Infiniti’s strategy to introduce four new models by 2027, aiming to boost its declining sales. A dealer for the brand recently hinted that the next QX80’s interior will rival the luxury of a Mercedes-Maybach GLS, complete with a 24-inch digital display. This is a bold claim, but the arrival of the new QX80 is eagerly anticipated.