Our major criticism of the QX80 has been rectified.
Value conscious yet tech-challenged - that's how we described the Infiniti QX80 in our 2021 review of this luxury SUV. The technology and ergonomics inside this powerful vehicle had simply fallen behind with the times but Infiniti has worked hard to remedy this with the 2022 QX80.
The vehicle was shown a few weeks ago at the Oculus Transportation Hub Display in New York City along with other Infiniti models like the 2022 QX55, but the brand has now shared all the details and new pictures of the latest QX80. The biggest change is the new widescreen touch interface in the cabin, something the QX80 desperately needed to make it more competitive with newer rivals like the Cadillac Escalade, although the Caddy remains a more advanced SUV.
Known as the Infiniti InTouch display, the screen measures 12.3 inches in size and is standard on all trims in the lineup. The much tidier layout replaces the dual-screen layout in last year's model, which also had too many buttons scattered on the center console. Infiniti has redesigned the interface and climate controls are now positioned in a neat horizontal panel below the new screen. The central air vents were also redesigned to accommodate the more user-friendly controls.
As standard, the infotainment package includes wireless Apple CarPlay, USB-based Android Auto, navigation with lane guidance and 3D graphics, and a new wireless charger for your smartphone.
The navigation system boasts complimentary access to MapCare and premium traffic info for five years. A Wi-Fi hotspot is included but only with a 30-day trial, after which a subscription will be sold separately.
Other advanced features include intelligent cruise control, blind-spot intervention, and a surround-view camera system. A Bose Performance Series Audio system with 17 speakers and a rear-seat entertainment system are available, but even the entry-level version gets a 13-speaker Bose sound system. As before, the cabin offers sumptuous seating with Nappa leather upholstery standard on even the base trim. The top-spec model gets semi-aniline leather, climate-controlled front seats, and Hydraulic Body Motion Control.
Infiniti has retained its trusty 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. It's paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and while rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available.
"The new 2022 Infiniti QX80 has even more technology inside, adding to the luxury and remarkable strength it's known for," said group vice president of Infiniti Americas, Jeff Pope.
Arriving in US showrooms in late summer 2021, the 2022 QX80 begins at $70,600 for the Luxe, just over $1,500 more than last year's base model. Pricing increased to $75,385 for the mid-range Premium Select and goes up to $82,235 for the Sensory. Adding 4WD costs $3,100 on all trims. These prices exclude a destination and handling charge of $1,395.