2025 Infiniti QX80 to Receive Enhanced V6 Engine from Nissan GT-R Lineup

Switching to Turbocharged Power: A Farewell to the V8 Engine

Infiniti recently released the second teaser for the upcoming QX80, revealing that the large SUV will no longer be powered by a V8 engine. Instead, it will feature a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, similar to its main competitor, the Lexus LX. This engine is part of Nissan’s VR engine series, which also includes the powerful VR38DETT found in the Nissan GT-R and the VR30DDTT used in the Nissan Z.

Infiniti has officially announced that the V6 engine will offer an impressive 450 horsepower and 515 pound-feet of torque. These numbers represent a significant increase of 50 horsepower and 102 pound-feet compared to the previous generation QX80’s 5.7-liter V8 engine. Power from the V6 will be distributed to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, which boasts a 40% wider gear ratio range. This, paired with the turbocharged engine, promises not only improved fuel efficiency but also better overall performance. However, the exact details on these improvements are still unknown.

The All-New INFINITI QX80 | Artistry in Motion | Episode 2

Increasing efficiency is also facilitated by a sleek and glossy appearance, highlighted in the Infiniti QX Monograph Concept (refer to the end of the article). This concept will bring about dynamic aerodynamic features such as active grille shutters that decrease air resistance during periods of minimal cooling needs and extensive airflow, such as highway driving.

A significant addition to the X90 family is the introduction of electronic air suspension and Dynamic Digital Suspension. This feature enables adjustments to the ride height, making it easier to enter and exit when stationary, promoting efficiency while driving, and enhancing off-road capabilities. Additionally, it provides a cushioning effect for bumps in the road. The Dynamic Digital Suspension complements this system by constantly monitoring the movements of the QX80 and actively compensating to minimize body movement.

Several more preview photos have also given us a glimpse of the design of the upcoming QX80, which will initially be released in the luxurious Monograph trim. The sleek door handles, integrated head and taillights, and distinct LED lighting, including the new Infiniti logo on the vertical grille, are all standout features of the updated exterior. It seems that the impressive wheels, although their size has not been revealed yet, will feature self-leveling center caps adorned with the Infiniti emblem.

At present, the exterior design is concealed, as digital illustrator Kaoru Tanaka crafted the disguised pattern shown in the above and below teaser pictures.

According to Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for Global Design, “Before new models are revealed, they are typically hidden behind camouflage that aims to obscure.” However, in the case of the all-new QX80, Albaisa believes that it is too exceptional to be completely concealed.

According to Ivan Espinosa, senior vice president of Global Product Strategy and Product Planning, the QX80’s latest powertrain provides drivers with a constant sense of reserve power, even when accelerating. There is no need to be concerned about lag, as the vehicle is always in the appropriate gear, resulting in a dynamic and forceful driving experience.

The unveiling is scheduled for March 20 through a live-streamed presentation, followed by the showcase of the QX80 at the New York International Auto Show.

Infiniti has exciting plans in store for their upcoming SUV, with even more tantalizing previews to come. These include glimpses of the illuminated front exterior and confirmation that it will boast a top-of-the-line 24-speaker Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system.

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