2025 Infiniti QX80 Debuts with New Engine, New Look, Updated Tech

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

After a series of teasers, Infiniti has finally taken the cover off the all-new 2025 QX80 SUV. The vehicle remains the brand’s flagship and incorporates a lot of firsts for the manufacturer. Most noticeable is the newest version of Infiniti’s double-arch grille, which the brand claims mimic a bamboo forest.

It’s Big, It’s Square

The new QX80 is a larger SUV. In fact, it’s even a bit bigger than the current model. Overall length gains an inch, while width increases 3.3-inches and height grows 1.1-inches. The body style follows the trend of a more squared-off look, giving the QX80 a much more modern appearance.

The front fascia incorporates thin-strip LED daytime running lights (DRL) along the hood line with stacked headlamps further down. At the rear of the vehicle resides a full-width LED light bar. There are various other lighting elements that put on a light show when a driver unlocks the vehicle. The Infiniti logo lights up, the LED DRLS perform a dance, and a massive puddle light projects on the ground.

At the side, the new QX80 features recessed door handles that pop-out to greet passengers, much like many modern electric vehicles. The SUV will be available in 7 colors and come standard with 20-inch wheels, while 22-inch wheels are available on higher trim levels.

Taking Care of Passengers

The 2025 Infiniti QX80 comes standard with seven passenger seating while an eight-seat configuration is available. All three rows can include heated seats, while the first two rows are available with ventilation and a massage feature. A cool bit of tech is the available Biometric Cooling2. It uses an infrared sensor housed on the vehicle's headliner that detects if a passenger is too hot. It then near-instantly adjusts the temperature and air flow to cool them down.

For those that need a lot of cargo space, compared to the 2024 model, Infiniti claims the new QX80 has 18% more cargo space behind the third-row seats and 30% more behind the second row. Audio lovers have also been taken care with a choice of two Klipsch audio systems. The larger unit incorporates 24 speakers and 1,200 watts of power. To get the most out of these systems, Infiniti states the new vehicle allows less road and wind noise to penetrate the cabin.

More Technology

Inside, the most noticeable difference is the inclusion of two 14.3-inch displays on the dashboard. One is a driver information center, while the other is an infotainment touchscreen. A neat new feature is a front wide view display that shows 170 degrees of forward vision, stretched across both 14.3-inch screens.

A little lower on the dash is a third touchscreen, measuring 9-inches, that controls the front HVAC and various seat functions. The top-of-the-line Autograph has a fourth touchscreen for middle row passengers, similar in function to the 9-inch screen mentioned above.

Other technology highlights include a color head-up display, Google built-in, 64-ambient color choices, an available center console ‘cool box’, and a hands-free lift-gate. All the safety technologies one should expect in this class are included, plus a trailer blind-spot warning system that works with trailers up to 33-feet long. Standard on the 2025 QX80 is Infiniti’s ProPILOT Assist 1.1, while ProPILOT Assist 2.1 is available on higher trims.

Goodbye V8, Hello More Power

Another radical change for the 2025 Infiniti QX80 occurs under the hood. Gone is the 5.6-liter V8, replaced by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The new engine makes 450 horsepower and 516-pound-feet of torque on premium fuel. That’s an increase of 50 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque over out-going V8.

Attached to the new engine is a nine-speed automatic that is controlled via a push button gear selector. In lower trims, it can send power to either just the rear wheels or all four wheels. The upper two trims only come with all-wheel drive.

Controlling the Big People Hauler

At all four corners the new QX80 houses 13.78-inch front and rear brakes rotors. Standard on the SUV are 275/60R20 tires with 275/50R22 tires included when opting for the larger 22-inch wheels. The electric power steering rack is up 300% in torsional stiffness, according to the manufacturer.

Included on all but the entry level trim are an Electronic Air Suspension and Dynamic Digital Suspension. The air suspension can lower the QX80 1.2-inches while driving, and 2.8-inches when parked. The off-road mode has the air suspension rise 2.4-inches, which is a good amount considering the vehicle already comes standard with 9.8-10.0 inches of ground clearance. To help keep the body from flexing, the frame has a 57% increase in lateral stiffness.

So, What Does It Cost?

The new 2025 Infiniti QX80 will be available in four trims, using Infiniti’s usual naming convention. That means it opens with Pure, followed by Luxe and Sensory, then tops off at Autograph. Pricing ranges from $82,450 up to $110,595, plus $1,995 in destination charges.

In Canada, the 2025 Infiniti QX80 will come in three trim levels, the Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph. All three trims will have standard all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $104,995 and goes up to $124,995, plus a $2,495 destination charge.

The QX80 will make its first public appearance at the 2024 New York International Auto Show. Infiniti plans to have it on sale later this summer.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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