The new QX60 is going to be based on the new Monograph concept. The company presented this platform a few years ago, and now it is in use with the next-gen luxury SUVs on the way. The next one to get the same treatment is the full-size 2022 Infiniti QX80. Nissan, the owner of the premium brand, goes strong into a new season and the company is updating all the important vehicles. Rogue is already out, as well as the QX60. In 2022, we’ll see an updated Qashqai (Rogue Sport), Frontier truck, 400Z sports car (replacement for 370Z), and of course, the QX80.
The Monograph concept will underpin all the future large SUVs by the Japanese company. The platform was introduced in 2017 with a bold look and advanced interior. Five years later, the architecture will shine on the full-size 2022 Infiniti QX80, although the QX60 is going to use some solutions first. The current SUV is more than 10 years old. Although there were two revisits, this is still an old model. The latest update we saw in 2018. Now, the new generation is going to completely update the look, outside and inside, and make the QX80 competitive against Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.
The situation in the full-size luxury SUV class is not so bright. Not too many companies are involved. For example, Honda is not delivering such a model for the Acura brand, while Toyota could discontinue its legendary Land Cruiser for the US market. German carmakers are dominating the segment. Mercedes GLS is very popular, and you can expect the BMW X7 to shine in upcoming seasons. Audi Q9 is on the way as well. Land Rover Range Rover is one of the most expensive models and the general price of such vehicles is making them less attractive to buyers.
What is Monograph Architecture?
When Infiniti introduced the Monograph concept, the entire market was stunned. Not only the design, but also the interior drew a lot of interest. This was not one of the futuristic prototypes that are impossible to happen in the foreseeable future. The SUV should be spacious, with room for seven persons. The practicality of the cabin is unmatched. We are also expecting big things from the autonomous drive, since Nissan announced Level 4. Outside, the prototype was wearing 22-inch wheels. It might be available at the high-end trim levels, but the lower versions are going to use smaller rims.
Which Packages the 2022 Infiniti QX80 is Going to Use?
The Japanese company is reshuffling accessories across the lineup. The QX80 for the 2021 season dropped the Limited model and replaced it with two more editions and different features. The next-gen 2022 Infiniti QX80 might keep some of these options, for example, the Premium Select. Premium trim is already available for some other vehicles. On the other hand, Sensory is something new for Infiniti fans.
The Premium Select continues to use 22-inch wheels, like the discontinued Limited model. A lot of chromed details are notable, inside and outside. The company introduced new paintjobs for the cabin, Sahara Stone and Truffle Brown. These are definitely not going to be dropped after only a year. On the other hand, Sensory was an optional upgrade for the Limited Edition. Now, this trim level features uses the most advanced accessories Infiniti is offering. Semi-aniline leather seats, premium audio by Bose, and an entertaining system for occupants in the second row are the top-notch deals in the market. Plus, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 comes with advanced safety features, such as adaptive headlights, power steering with speed sensors, and parking aid.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Specifications
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Infiniti QX80, we expect more changes. The company is not unveiling any plans, but the full-size SUV might replace an old and thirsty V8 unit. A 5.6-liter displacement is great for an off-road drive. But, it consumes too much gasoline. Instead, a small V8, or even V6, with a help of the turbocharged system, might serve as the new unit for the QX80. Even if the SUV keeps an old and reliable engine that can produce 400 hp and 415 lb-ft.
Some say even a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 could be there for the SUV. Nissan’s fans know this drivetrain from the GTR sports car. But, 570 horsepower seems to be too much for the base version. Nevertheless, the QX80 and the special edition could take on the BMW X5M, Mercedes AMG GLS, and Range Rover SVAutobiography. These are some of the most powerful SUVs in the market.
Still, something else has to be available for the entry-level model. It won’t be a surprise if the company keeps a V8. When you pay $70,000 for the ride, fuel-friendly nature is definitely one of the priorities. A higher MPG rate usually means lack of power and towing capacity. So, the update of the current powerplant is more likely to happen.