The 2025 Infiniti QX80 is presented at the New York Auto Show |  Car news

The 2025 Infiniti QX80 is presented at the New York Auto Show | Car news

• The new 2025 Infiniti QX80 was officially presented at the 2024 New York Auto Show.

New York, New York – It is often said that you don’t get two chances to make a good “first impression”. This is true in the context of our interpersonal relationships. However, in the world of cars, it sometimes gets second place.

However, when you get a third chance, something has to happen. Otherwise, we are stuck.

These are a few thoughts that came to our mind during the official presentation of the new Infiniti QX80, which improves the shape for 2025. Let’s say that the margin of error is smaller than it was for the luxury brand Nissan.

Infiniti QX80 2025, headlights | Photo: D. Rufiange

New from Q… to Z
The current generation of the QX80 was presented to us in 2011. The mid-term update took place in 2017. The current crop, despite several improvements made over the years, showed its absence, in terms of design, as well. interior layout and motorization. It was time for something to change.

In terms of size, surprisingly, this new QX80 is inches longer than its predecessor, when it stretches to 211.2 inches. It is also slightly wider and taller. The wheel is the same, while the chassis is very modern.

As for the design, it definitely has a very refreshed look. What’s surprising are these very smooth sides, a feeling enhanced by the fact that the door handles are retractable. The model’s lighting signature is also impossible to miss, with these LED lights producing piano keys. In the background, the light takes the form of a horizontal band running wide. It has 300 LEDs.

Good, but we don’t even dare to think about the repair costs in the event of an incident.

At the front, the grille stands out with these vertical slats, inspired by the bamboo forest, along with this renewed symbol, which is now three-dimensional.

Infiniti QX80 2025, in profile

Infiniti QX80 2025, profile | Photo: D.Boshouwers

2025 Infiniti QX80 engine

Under the hood, another big change as the 5.6-liter V8 is replaced by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 450 horsepower and 515 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is mated to it, and all-wheel drive without doubt is standard.

Infiniti promises us an energy-efficient unit, but we shouldn’t expect miracles. This animal is not fast. It will have a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, however, which satisfies a need among certain customers.

Infiniti QX80 2025, interior

Infiniti QX80 2025, interior | Photo: D. Rufiange

Passenger compartment
If, despite the new design, we still recognize the QX80 at first glance, we cannot say the same about the interior. There, we do not find any memory and example of the old generation. The presentation is dominated by the screen, whether in front of the driver, on the central console of the multimedia system and climate controls, or at the back where passengers have a face that gives them access to a number of settings.

Remember that on the console, there are buttons, but connected to the surface that gives the impression that everything is tactile. A type of hybrid that represents a good compromise.

Of course you will need to take some time to analyze the interface of the multimedia system according to the world of Android, but it looks perfect.

With the Autograph variant, examined at the show, we even notice a central console with a refrigerator.

Infiniti QX80 2025, seats

Infiniti QX80 2025, seats | Photo: D. Rufiange

What? do we need to say that the seats compress the front and second rows with this variant, and that it offers heated seats on the third bench? The car will even offer a biometric climate system in the second row. Basically, thanks to the infrared camera, the QX80 will detect if the occupants are hot and, if so, will direct cool air to them. Infiniti promises to reach the comfort zone 50% faster.

Interior lighting is also a symbol of sound and light; owners will be able to have fun customizing everything.

A Klipsch sound system offering 24 speakers and 1,200 watts of power will also be available. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps will be accessed wirelessly, and there are eight USB-C ports throughout the cabin.

Regarding the luggage space, even if the correct data has not yet been published, it is mentioned that the volume is 18% more behind the second row, while it is 30% more generous behind the third. It was 1405 and 470 liters, respectively. Adding percentages, it gives us 1658 liters and 611. Statistics to be verified, of course.

In short, you can see the picture. We spared no expense to deliver what we believe is a new benchmark in the luxury full-size SUV category.

Infiniti QX80 2025, front three quarters

Infiniti QX80 2025, three-quarter front | Photo: D. Rufiange

2025 Infiniti QX80 prices and offers

On the menu, three versions; Luxury, Sensory and Autograph. The respective prices are $104,995, $113,995 and $124,995. To this must be added shipping and handling costs of $2,495.

The increase is significant compared to the outgoing model, which had a range between $88,000 and $96,000, basically.

The last word
It goes without saying that Infiniti is reaching a crossroads, let’s say that the next few years will be decisive for the brand. It has to get some kind of revival if it doesn’t want to be a Japanese Lincoln.

There was a lot of talk about electrification when the future of the brand was discussed, and although the matter is still up in the air, we sense a strategy adjustment for the rest of the decade when we also talk about hybridization and plug-in hybridization. cars.

In short, things will change at Infiniti in the next few years. If we apply the recipe adopted by this QX80 to other products of the brand, it can be interesting. However, we should not look at the sales side of this QX80, because it remains a good product.

We just decided to start a new chapter with it, because it is a great example of the brand. The future will tell us if the strategy was correct.

Infiniti QX80 2025, Infiniti logo

Infiniti QX80 2025, logo Infiniti | Photo : D.Boshouwers