The Infiniti QX80 is the Infiniti model formerly known as Infiniti QX56. And, while may possibly see many bits of marketing hype touting the all-new Infiniti QX80, the only thing all new about the model is its name. Going into the 2014 model year, all Infiniti nomenclatures will begin with the letter Q, because a simple alphanumeric nomenclature system wasn’t confusing enough for the Tennessee-based sub-brand of the Japanese car company owned by a French conglomerate.
Seriously though, why the nomenclature changes?
Thus saith Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti Motor Company Limited;
“We are embarking on a massive product offensive, and these new cars will need names. There are no suitable combinations of Alphanumeric naming options remaining, which are not already trademarked by another automaker. In order to expand our line up with the fascinating new models we are developing, we must create a more flexible nomenclature philosophy.
Further, our new advanced technology engines under development will be smaller, lighter, and more fuel efficient—yet more powerful. It would be a bit odd to have a powerful, luxurious and refined V8 powered Infiniti M56, then position a new high-tech 550+ horsepower performance flagship for the Infiniti M range above it, using a potent charged induction V6, but then call it Infiniti M30, which we would be obliged to do, following our current naming logic.”
So, long story short, Infiniti is developing new smaller, but more powerful engines. Because of this, positioning its models based on engine displacement will no longer make sense. It’s a bit confusing now, but eventually it will all be clearer.
That said, the Infiniti QX56 now known as the Infiniti QX80, is essentially a Nissan Pathfinder Armada all kitted out for luxo-duty. The QX80 is blessed (depending upon your perspective) with an extraordinarily spacious cabin and very generous exterior dimensions. It’s one of the largest models in its class. It also boasts a smooth and powerful V8 engine, and a supple suspension system capable of delivering both a comfortable ride and significant off road capability. Other hallmarks of the model are its luxurious interior treatments and loads of tech gear.
So, now that we have all of that straight, the Infiniti QX80 is an eight-passenger, rear- or four-wheel drive model powered by a 400-horsepower V8 engine displacing 5.6-liters and producing 413 ft-lbs of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.