As a next step in its efforts to re-organize its lineup, Infiniti has now brought its flagship SUV and compact premium crossover into the fold as the 2014 Infiniti QX80 and 2014 Infiniti QX50. And while content changes are pretty much limited to their new name badges, the brand is definitely adding more value to the vehicles. That's because pricing remains unchanged for the former, while the MSRP of the latter has been reduced by $2,500.
The 2014 Infiniti QX80 will start at $61,350 in its rear-wheel-drive configuration, with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that routes 400 hp and 413 lb.-ft. of torque through a seven-speed automatic transmission. With the brand's advanced All-Mode 4WD, the starting point for this rugged yet refined vehicle is $64,450.
Turning to the 2014 Infiniti QX50, it will be offered in four grades as follows:
- 2014 Infiniti QX50 with rear-wheel drive—$34,400
- 2014 Infiniti QX50 with intelligent all-wheel drive—$35,800 (ALSO out of order)
- 2014 Infiniti QX50 Journey with rear-wheel drive—$35,750
- 2014 Infiniti QX50 Journey with AWD—$38,150
Here, motivation is supplied by a 3.7-liter V6, capable of delivering 325 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque and also mated to a seven-speed automatic.
On the odd chance readers haven't memorized the new scoresheet for the Infiniti lineup, readers should know that the 2014 Infiniti QX80 was formerly called the Infiniti QX56, while the 2014 Infiniti QX50 takes the place of the EX portfolio. And recaps of both follow.
2014 Infiniti QX80: Where Comfort Meets Capability
Like many of its full-size luxury rivals, the 2014 Infiniti QX80 offers a full complement of premium goodies, including:
- LED exterior lighting
- Power rear liftgate and fold-flat third-row seating
- Nissan's Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
- Tri-zone climate control with rear-seat heat ducts
- Leather-appointed seats with a heated front row
- A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Premium audio with a 13-speaker setup from BOSE, USB ports, and steering-wheel-mounted controls
- High-tech features like navigation, an eight-inch color touchscreen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, numerous driver-safety measures, and the Infiniti Connection telematics system
But the true difference-maker is the vehicle's body-on-frame construction and "real truck" capabilities. The 2014 Infiniti QX80 can, for example, tow up to 8,500 lbs. and carry up to eight occupants, making it equally adept at work or at play. Also, there is one upgrade to the big Infiniti for the 2014 model year: An advanced Backup Collision Intervention system has been added to its Technology Package.
2014 Infiniti QX50: A New Start
The entry point to Infiniti's 2014 luxury crossover lineup will now be the repriced 2014 Infiniti QX50, and while it is significantly less expensive than its predecessor, it's no less well equipped. Right from the factory, the QX50 wears a chiseled and streamlined exterior set off by premium lighting, including front fog lights and LED brake lights, and that sophisticated sheet metal encases an equally upscale cabin environment.
There, owners can enjoy leather, heated seating, as well as premium audio from Bose, Infiniti's hard-drive navigation technology, an upgraded climate system with air purifier and filter, a power-sliding moonroof, an around-view monitor and other cutting-edge driver-assistance features, and voice-control of audio, nav and vehicle-info system.
Perhaps best of all, the price reduction to the 2014 Infiniti QX50—as compared to the 2013 EX—also creates a new value play in the segment, with the Infiniti now boasting an MSRP that’s thousands lower than its Cadillac and Lexus rivals, and even a little bit below the starting price of an Acura RDX.