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Next Infiniti QX80 Will Use Carryover Powertrain, Platform

Next Infiniti QX80 Will Use Carryover Powertrain, Platform

Those hoping for an all-new Infiniti QX80 SUV shall hope no more. In a recent interview with Infiniti’s CEO Roland Krueger, MotorTrend has confirmed the next QX80 will feature the same platform and powertrain as today’s version of the QX80. The news comes just weeks after the brand showcased the QX80 Monograph Concept, which is a design study of the next QX80.

Krueger certainly did not mince his words regarding the next QX80. “It will be the same powertrain,” he stated to MotorTrend. This means the next QX80 will be powered by the same 5.6-liter V-8 engine, which produces 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Of course, it is unclear if Infiniti will give the engine a power boost for the new model.

Along with the carryover powertrain, the QX80 will continue to be build on the Nissan Patrol platform. This body-on-frame structure, Krueger claims, allows the QX80 to fit right in with the rest of the segment. Both the QX80 and Nissan Armada have been build on the Patrol platform since 2011 after switching away from the Nissan Titan truck platform.

The news isn’t remarkably shocking. Most automakers maintain existing platforms for extended periods of time on their framed trucks and SUVs. The only problem here is that nearly all of the QX80’s competitors are undergoing radical redesigns right now, such as the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, that may make for competitive issues for the Infiniti.

Nonetheless, expect a very new design inside and out of the QX80 when it rolls of the assembly line later in 2017 as a 2018 model. Perhaps design and feature changes will be enough to keep it on its current sales climb.


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    As long as it looks like I gots the monies,who needs an updated drivetrain and platform?!.
    The Navigator did the same thing with the 2nd and 3rd gen and it backfired. Sure styling of the 3rd gen wasn't great but a stronger engine would have done wonders for it. I can't see this working for Infiniti
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