2021 Infiniti QX80 Gets $2,300 Starting Price Increase, New Trims

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The current, second-gen Infiniti QX80 hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2010, making it one of the oldest options in the full-size SUV class. While not a complete overhaul, Infiniti announced that the 2021 model year will receive a few updates, including two new trim levels and a whole bunch of standard driver-assist features. With the changes, pricing for the QX80 goes up by $2,300.

The 2021 QX80 Luxe starts at $70,445 (including destination) and tops out at $81,595 for the new, range-topping Sensory trim. Over last year, the Luxe adds blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a rear seat belt reminder as standard equipment. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a surround-view monitor were standard last year and will continue to be standard for 2021.

Sitting above the Luxe is a new Premium Select trim that costs $74,745. The trim comes with a lot of the same exterior touches as the limited-edition QX80 Edition 30 that was introduced last year. That means the Premium Select features dark chrome and black door mirror caps, front grille, fender vents, door mirror caps, rear tailgate strip, and 22-inch alloy wheels. While not exactly a value option, the Premium Select does bring a blacked-out package to the SUV, which is something a lot of consumers are interested in.

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Sitting at the top of the range is the new Sensory trim. It starts at $81,595, making it $11,250 more affordable than last year’s Limited trim. The Sensory trim features semi-aniline leather upholstery, a graphite tricot headliner, Charcoal Burl trim, 22-inch alloy wheels, and chrome mirror caps. The QX80 also Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control System, which helps reduce lean when cornering for a more comfortable ride. The new Sensory trim seems to be a direct replacement to the Limited trim from last year and, with the massive price cut, is a much better value option.

Every QX80 trim now comes with the second generation of the automaker’s Smart Rearview Mirror (SRVM). Compared to the SRVM that was launched on the 2018 QX80, the new unit has new flicker mitigation technology that reduces flickering from LED headlights, a new rearward-facing camera for a wider field of view, and has a larger mirror-integrated display that measures in at 9.6 inches. The SRVM also incorporates a higher definition display for a clearer view. Out of its main competitors, only the Cadillac Escalade offers a rearview mirror camera.

The QX80’s powertrain remains the same for 2021. Every trim comes with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque is standard. A seven-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox offered, while all-wheel drive is available for an additional $3,100.

The 2021 QX80 will arrive at dealerships later this fall.

Learn more about the current QX80 on sale now »

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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