It is just a matter of time when will the 2022 Infiniti QX80 become official. Its smaller sibling, QX60, a three-row mid-size luxury SUV appeared with shades of the Monograph concept. We expect this one as the 2021 YM. On the other hand, the Monograph platform was introduced as the base for all next big SUVs. All the fans want to see the QX80 with a new design and options. The fresh idea was introduced in 2017 and it rapidly became the underpinning of the future SUVs by the Japanese carmaker.
Infiniti is owned by Nissan, a company that announced big plans for the next few seasons. That will include a complete refresh of both lineups, standard, and premium. Priorities for Nissan are Rogue crossover and Frontier truck, which will be new for 2021. At the same time, Infiniti works on the updates for QX60. This model could show us what its larger sibling will look like. We don’t expect the 2022 Infiniti QX80 to be the same as the smaller brother, or the Monograph concept prototype.
Besides the full-size luxury SUV, there will be more new arrivals within the company. We believe the Japanese carmaker will also announce the new Pathfinder SUV and 400Z sports car.
What is Monograph Concept?
Back in 2017, the manufacturer introduced a new platform for future SUVs. Underpinned by the Monograph concept, big rigs were supposed to become even more luxurious. Ever since fans are waiting to see the idea of turning into production. Everyone expected the QX80 to adopt the solutions, but it will be the QX60 to use it first. Nevertheless, in 2022, the full-size model is arriving with a larger dose of the Monograph concept. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 will become a bolder, eye-catching, aggressive SUV with the latest infotainment and safety systems inside the cockpit. Well, we won’t see a minimalistic interior, which drew a lot of attention. Still, the carmaker will keep some ideas, such as the large screens and upscale materials to increase overall comfort and convenience.
What will Power the 2022 Infiniti QX80?
Another big question about the 2022 Infiniti QX80 is the powertrain. The current edition is relying on a V8 engine. But, even for the luxury SUV, 15 miles per gallon is a notable downside. On the other hand, 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft is a nice output that provides energy even for the toughest off-road tasks. But, the QX80 cannot be compared in this segment to Toyota Land Cruiser.
What’s more, other luxury SUVs in the same class are generating more power. We have Mercedes, Porsche, Range Rover, Lincoln, and other units that will beat 400 ponies coming from the QX80. One of the rumors is mentioning that Nissan is making a new twin-turbo V6 or even a smaller V8 displacement. In this case, the SUV is about to gain extra power. On the other hand, do not expect a huge leap in the gas mileage segment, since the 2022 Infiniti QX80 is going to be pretty heavy. A new Monograph concept is using a lot of lightweight materials, but it won’t save too much weight and fuel.
2022 Infiniti QX80 Hybrid
One of the possibilities is a hybrid drivetrain. Well, this seems like a far-fetched story, since we would have some kind of information about specs. Nissan and Infiniti wouldn’t miss bragging about it. However, the Japanese carmakers still owe the best-selling electric vehicle of all time (Nissan Leaf), but the impression is that they are slowing down and losing pace with new technologies. Nowadays, we have a lot of concepts and startup projects from different companies.
Still, the full-size segment is still without any electric vehicle in the offer. The biggest EV is Tesla Model X. There are no hybrid units since owners of luxury SUVs are not trying to get extra miles, but more power. So, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 hybrid, or PHEV, is going to have one goal – electric units will help the SUV achieve more than 500 hp. This vehicle will be one to watch if happens. Also, experts believe its production won’t start until 2023.
What to Expect from Full-Size Luxury Market in 2022?
The 2022 Infiniti QX80 is just one of the models that will offer a new styling in upcoming seasons. The arrival of the model by the rival companies will speed up the development of the SUV based on the Monograph concept. Cadillac Escalade is going to be all-new and BMW already introduced its full-size X7. Of course, Audi will respond and Mercedes is already out with the GLS class. Lincoln Aviator is still one of the best-selling models in the US. A lot of attention is caused by moves in Toyota. It seems that Lexus LX600 is replacing LX570, while the Land Cruiser is getting a whole new look and engine. Other sources are claiming the legendary SUV reached the end of production and it is just a matter of time when will Toyota discontinue it in the United States.