The 2025 Infiniti QX80 Luxury SUV Is a Serious Cadillac Escalade Rival
A new 2025 Infiniti QX80 luxury SUV has been seen on the road wearing testing mule camouflage. Should the Cadillac Escalade fear this full-size luxury SUV rival from Infiniti? Will this new Infiniti SUV bring new power and modern styling to the market? Not much is known yet, but we can make a few educated guesses.
A generational upgrade is due for the 2025 Infiniti QX80 luxury SUV
Although the testing prototype hit the roads covered in camouflage cladding, it still is upright, large, and ready to take a family of seven or eight for a night on the town. Only a few things we’ve seen under all that camo, including revised lighting, restyled front and rear fascias, flush door handles, and thinner D-pillars.
It’s still early in the development process, and much of what we learn now about this Infiniti SUV could change before it hits the market for 2025. Thankfully, more information will be offered in June when Infiniti should offer a preview of a QX80 Monograph Concept.
Is the Infiniti QX80 luxury SUV a staple in our auto market?
The QX80 first arrived as the QX56 in 2004, and that name lasted into the second generation, which arrived in 2011. The change to the QX80 name came in 2014 with the full model refresh that happened in 2015. The next upgrade took place in 2018 with the introduction of the new QX80 Monograph Concept, which provides the styling for the second upgrade for this luxury SUV.
Will the QX80 continue to challenge the Cadillac Escalade?
Much remains unknown about the upcoming 2025 Infiniti QX80, but MotorTrend suggests this SUV could move away from its current class. This full-size Luxury SUV currently competes with the Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and Lexus LX.
We might see the next generation of this Infiniti SUV transition from a body-on-frame SUV to a crossover platform. This would put it in competition with other luxury models. Regardless of size, this new QX80 should utilize a V6 engine boosted by turbocharges and a hybrid system. Of course, a fully electric Infiniti QX80 could be in the near future.
A change could make a huge difference for this Infiniti SUV
Currently, the Cadillac Escalade is the sales leader in the full-size luxury SUV class, with 40,247 models sold last year. The QX80 only sold 7,206 models for 2022, which doesn’t bode well for most vehicles. Could a new classification change the success of this top-end Infiniti SUV? It’s certainly something to consider.
What do we know for certain about the new 2025 Infiniti QX80 luxury SUV?
It’s not a stretch to say the current QX80 powertrain will be gone from the market with the new generation. Currently, the Infiniti QX80 utilizes a naturally aspirated 5.6-liter V8 engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain returns 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque while returning 14 city/20 hwy mpg. These gas-guzzling powertrains are quickly losing ground and being replaced with more powerful and efficient smaller systems.
Keep your eyes open for more information about this new QX80 generation when the Monograph Concept model appears in June.