Infiniti, despite recent challenges, is undergoing a revitalization process that involves fresh store designs and a lineup of new products.
During a dealer meeting held in Beverly Hills, Infiniti offered a sneak peek at its plans, showcasing a redesigned QX80, a new QX65, and two electric vehicles.
Redesigned QX80 Overview
According to reports from dealers present at the event, the new QX80 is set to debut next summer with a price tag exceeding $100,000. It will feature a turbocharged V-6 engine generating 450 horsepower. In comparison, the current Q80 starts at $74,395, inclusive of a $1,695 destination charge, and is equipped with a 400-hp V-8.
To justify the higher starting price and differentiate the QX80 from the upcoming revamped versions of the Nissan Amarda and Patrol models, Infiniti plans to enhance the three-row SUV with added features and technology. These include active air suspension, a 24-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, as well as the latest connectivity and electronic driver-assist systems.
Revamped Infiniti store design (Artist’s impression)
Following the redesigned QX80, Infiniti is expected to introduce the QX65 in mid-2025. This two-row SUV will adopt a coupe-like design, similar to the mid-size QX60, and serve as a larger version of the QX55, which is the coupe-like variant of the compact QX50.
Infiniti also has plans to launch a pair of electric vehicles. According to Automotive News, the first EV, which shares proportions and design cues with the Tesla Model S, is slated for a late 2026 release. The second EV, a crossover model, is scheduled to arrive in mid-2027. Both electric vehicles were previously teased by Infiniti in 2021 and are set to be manufactured at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi.
Infiniti experienced a decline in U.S. sales, reaching its lowest point since 1992, with 46,619 units sold in 2022. To achieve a target of doubling annual sales to approximately 100,000 units later in the decade, Infiniti will introduce a more contemporary design for its retail outlets. Additionally, the Infiniti logo featured on vehicle front grilles will undergo a three-dimensional transformation, serving as a focal point and reflecting a sense of motion and dynamism, as stated by the automaker.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Infiniti revamp
What new vehicles did Infiniti showcase at the dealer meeting?
Infiniti showcased a redesigned QX80, a new QX65, and two electric vehicles at the dealer meeting.
What are the key features of the redesigned QX80?
The redesigned QX80 will come with a turbocharged V-6 engine generating 450 horsepower. It will feature active air suspension, a 24-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, and the latest connectivity and electronic driver-assist systems.
When will the new QX80 be available and what is its expected price?
The new QX80 is set to debut next summer with a price tag exceeding $100,000.
What is the timeline for the release of Infiniti’s electric vehicles?
Infiniti plans to launch the first electric vehicle, which resembles the Tesla Model S, in late 2026. The second electric vehicle, a crossover model, is expected to arrive in mid-2027.
How does Infiniti plan to revive its sales?
Infiniti aims to revive its sales by introducing a more modern design for its retail outlets, enhancing its vehicle lineup, and implementing a three-dimensional transformation of the Infiniti logo. The goal is to double annual sales to around 100,000 units later this decade.