The current generation of this full-size SUV may be around for a quite long time, but it looks like we won’t see a complete redesign soon. According to the latest reports, it looks like we are about to see another update. As you probably know, an update for a couple of years ago has brought a completely new styling, based on the Monograph concept. So, some other things will be in the focus this time, instead of the exterior design. This primarily refers to interior changes, as the current model looks a little bit outdated in this aspect. Therefore, the 2021 Infiniti QX80 is expected to bring notable revisions in this aspect, particularly in terms of the dashboard design and new tech features, including a new infotainment system.
Changes under the hood are also possible. There is a big chance to see some modest power boost, but various reports also suggest a completely new powertrain option. Given the possible update, there is a big chance to see 2021 Infiniti QX80 a little bit earlier than usual.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Will Get New Infotainment System
Despite the age, the current generation of this SUV is petty strong in many aspects, particularly in terms of driving characteristics, but there are also fields where this model obviously shows its age. This particularly refers to interior design. The dashboard features decent overall quality. Materials are fine, but the dashboard design definitely can’t keep the pace with the competition. The same thing goes for the infotainment system and other tech features, so we are about to see some pretty interesting novelties in the 2021 Infiniti QX80.
The first thing that comes to mind is the infotainment system. The current one is quite outdated. It isn’t the most functional software on the marker, graphics aren’t great, while there is no smartphone integration eighter. Therefore, we count on a significant update. As you may know, the internationally-offered Nissan Patrol received an update recently and now features a dual-screen setup, similar to ones we can see in other Infiniti models. Still, we expect something completely new in the 2021 Infiniti QX80. Most likely, we will see one but quite large screen, with superb graphics, goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay etc. Along with a new touchscreen, we count on other changes on the center stack, less physical buttons. Other than that, the interior could come with a couple of more revisions on the dashboard, while the overall cabin layout should remain the same.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Exterior
On the other side, we probably won’t see too many notable changes outside the cabin. Both styling and mechanics are expected to remain pretty much the same. The 2021 Infiniti QX80 will continue to ride on a good-old F-Alpha platform, which ensures pretty good handling and driving dynamics. The styling has been updated a couple of years ago, with a lot of inspiration taken from the Monograph concept. All in all, the best we could see in this aspect are new color options and similar things.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Engine
Changes are quite possible on the inside as well. The current model comes with a well-known 5.6-liter, which is good for about 400 horsepower. We count on a couple of revisions that would provide a little bit more power, an amount similar to Nissan Patrol Nismo, which is good for about 420 hp. Still, the main issue with this engine will probably remain, and that would be the fuel economy. The current model returns around 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
With minor modifications only, it is hard to believe that the 2021 Infiniti QX80 would be able to mark any better results. Therefore, we may expect to see additional engine options in the offer as well. Which one, it is still hard to tell, but a turbocharged V6 seems like the safest pick.
Besides a new engine, we should see a new transmission. Just like the new Titan, the new QX80 should replace the current 7-speed gearbox with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
Additions in terms of standard equipment are possible as well. Still, we have to say that the current model is already pretty decent in this aspect. All models come standard with things like 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, a navigation system, voice controls. Also, there are safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera. All in all, a couple of novelties is possible, but don’t count on too big changes.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Release Date and Price
Given the possible updates, the 2021 Infiniti QX80 should come a little bit earlier than usual, although details are still unavailable. The current model starts at around 65.500 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future.