The QX80 is finally all-new for the 2024 season. We can say this is the biggest update ever since Infiniti started producing full-size utility vehicles. It was known as the QX56. The new generation and renaming to QX80 are important, but the two SUVs shared the same platform. So, those were basically the same models. The new one was revisited twice since its introduction in 2014. The 2024 Infiniti QX80 will be completely redesigned, based on the Monograph architecture. The interior will also be new, and a V8 engine is most likely to be replaced with a turbocharged V6 mill that should improve both performance and efficiency. The first thought about the downsides is the off-road driving capability.
The Monograph concept is the new platform for big Infiniti SUVs. The prototype looked cool and futuristic, but still realistic for production (of course, with minor tweaks). The 2024 Infiniti QX80 needs to catch up with the competition, such as Lexus LX600 and Cadillac Escalade. The breaking point was disappointing sales in 2021 and 2022. The all-new vehicle will draw a lot more attention and improvements should make buyers confident when buying the QX80. The downside will be the price. As a big luxury SUV, we can’t expect a bargain. Higher-end versions will run into a six-digit price realm. The new V6 engine will save something, but not so much to cover the investment into a luxury class.
2024 Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept, Spy Shots
The Monograph concept draw a lot of interest when Infiniti introduced the new platform for big SUVs. Fans expected the all-new QX80 earlier, but the development was postponed due to the COVID outburst. Well, better late than never. The 2024 Infiniti QX80 will be based on the Monograph architecture, with small modifications. There are no spy shots to confirm the fresh look, but expect the production model to be very similar to the prototype. We already saw some details on the all-new QX60. But, the company uses just a small portion of the Monograph concept that will fully shine on the QX80.
Probably the bigger mystery is the cabin of the vehicle. It will be a three-row SUV with a lot of room for passengers. The base layout will be for 8 persons. The company will offer captain’s chairs in the middle row, and high-end trim levels might remove the rear bench to maximize comfort. The dashboard is going to feature big touchscreens. Designers are still working on the final look. We can only guess for now, but it is certain that the 2024 Infiniti QX80 is going to offer high-end technology and gadgets.
The previous version of the SUV featured a mighty V8 drivetrain. It is powerful and ready for any challenge. But, it is also very thirsty, returning 15 mpg combined in normal conditions. Taking the SUV off the road will drain the fuel tank pretty fast. Refueling will be very annoying, and costly if the prices keep going up.
So, what is the best replacement for a 5.6-l V8? A turbocharged V6 is the perfect fit and the 2024 Infiniti QX80 won’t be the first vehicle to get such a substitute. The last one we saw using this strategy is Lexus LX. Lincoln Navigator has been using a V6 for a long time, and it doesn’t underperform compared to rivals.
Nevertheless, there are no signs of what this plant could be. We assume that the new 3.8-liter mill for the Frontier could be turbocharged to deliver high outputs. Also, the Nissan Z sports car has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit under the hood with 400 hp. which is at the same level as the current V8. You will get a more efficient system, but the off-road performance is questionable.
When Will 2024 Infiniti QX80 Be Available?
The all-new SUV is already late. But, changes in this segment are not so frequent. Also, it is not a priority, since smaller crossovers sell better, especially non-premium Nissan models. With the Monograph concept drawing so much attention, sales going down, and competition growing stronger, the all-new 2024 Infiniti QX80 is an inescapable option for the company.
There are various sources confirming the work on the SUV, but the carmaker is not making it official. We’ll have the announcement when the QX80 enters final phases of development, but if Infiniti wants to have it as the 2024 YM, they’ll need to speed things up. So, the SUV must debut by the end of this year.
One thing is sure – the price of the new model will go up. But, everything depends on details, and there are still a lot to be learned about the QX80. The base price won’t be under $85,000 and options will definitely make the SUV enter a six-digit realm. If you spend so much, expect a higher level of the autonomous drive system and a super-luxurious interior with only a couple of chairs in the back.