2025 INFINITI QX80: 1st-Class Hospitality Awaits Supreme Clientele

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s been a very long while since INFINITI’s full-size QX80 SUV received a makeover from the ground up as competitors such as the Range Rover, Escalade, and Navigator have each transitioned to the next stage. Yet, this is not an indictment on INFINITI alone since Japanese automakers generally are calculated, patient, and reserved with design strategies. Historically, the focus has been on facilitating driver ergonomics and ride quality. But the wait is over since the 2025 QX80 is delivering first-class hospitality — dubbed omotenashi in Japan — from every perspective.

I was on hand at Milk Studios in Hollywood, CA for a sneak preview of the immaculate and opulent third-gen QX80 (the first-gen arrived in 2004) to explore its newfangled depth, proliferated interior amenities, impressive innovations, creative craftsmanship, and sleeker styling philosophies that have cleaned up the bulky and aging physique of the prior model. The new lines are sharper, the hips are streamlined, and the alluring, signature INFINITI double-arch grille is as interesting as it is exquisite since it represents the naturalistic behavior of a bamboo forest extending, bending, and disappearing over the horizon.

“INFINITI has always sought to raise the bar in automotive luxury, going beyond the vehicles themselves to provide a truly satisfying, total ownership experience,” said Craig Keeys, group vice president, INFINITI Americas. “The all-new 2025 INFINITI QX80 is the ultimate expression of bold design, first-ever technologies, and detailed craftsmanship, and we believe it reestablishes the standard for full-size luxury SUVs.”

Themed “Artistry in Motion” by company executives, a few key elements include 300 LEDs to comprise the rear taillights and brake light bar, an updated 3D Around View Monitor, flush door handles that release upon vehicle approach, a two-tone roof, dark chrome exterior trim, 22” premium wheel package, and seven exterior hues led by Dynamic Metal (referencing liquid metal) that took six years to manifest. Moreover, the artistry formula continues inside with 64-color Personalized Ambient Lighting and a pristine 24-speaker, 24-channel Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system powered by 1,200 watts and featuring noise-canceling headrest speakers. It comes standard on the top two QX80 trim levels (SENSORY and AUTOGRAPH).

The stately Japanese SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 450-horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The smaller, more powerful, and 20% more efficient engine pairs with a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters. All models can be upgraded to or already come with INFINITI All-mode 4WD. An Electronic Air Suspension and a Dynamic Digital Suspension are available for your QX80.

Invite yourself inside the mobile haven to discover a unique, refreshing interior. The package features soft, genuine open-pore ash wood trims with metal inlays encouraged by bamboo trees, two 14.3” high-resolution displays, one of which is INFINITI InTouch touchscreen infotainment with Google Built-in (Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Play), Front Wide View for monitoring the surroundings ahead, power-folding second-row captain chairs, 8 USB-c ports, climate-controlled first and second-row seats, massaging front and second-row seats, a second-row console with touchscreen HVAC, semi-aniline leather-appointed seats, a cool box, and an In-Car Camera.

We will analyze the all-new QX80 in detail during the media drive in early summer, and retailers will receive the SUV in showrooms in late summer. MSRP excluding the $1,995 destination and handling charge is $82,450 for a QX80 PURE RWD, $89,550 for a QX80 LUXE RWD, $100,645 for the QX80 SENSORY 4WD, and $110,595 for the exclusive QX80 AUTOGRAPH 4WD. The radiant SUV from the Land of the Rising Sun is sure to take back sales from core competitors as purveyors of sumptuousness seek elegant new metal and refreshing technologies to consume.

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