A soft reset for the Infiniti brand and a replacement for the forgotten Q70, which was tossed mercilessly into battle with the Audi A6, BMW 5-series, and Mercedes-Benz E-class. The model includes another 10 to its name to keep up in the luxury-brand alphanumeric arms race.
Why It Matters
Since 2009, Infiniti has teased gorgeous halo-car concepts of every range– coupes, sedans, and mid-engined cars with hybrid powertrains– however failed to put any of them into showrooms. We’re told the Q Inspiration concept from this year’s Detroit auto show will live up to its name and inspire a production car. And while it won’t be a full-fledged, S-class– sized flagship, its designers and engineers will use the Q80 to set the instructions for the remainder of the lineup.
2022 Infiniti Q80 Platform
The Q80 will ride on a new architecture developed around Infiniti’s strategy to use an amazing powertrain in every new model beginning in 2021, either as a hybrid, pure electric, or range-extended electric vehicle.
2022 Infiniti Q80 Powertrain
We anticipate the Q80 to start life as a hybrid, with a compound powertrain built around the company’s variable-compression-ratio turbocharged inline-four. Eventually, it could also be provided as a plug-in hybrid or EV.
Competition: Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, BMW 530e iPerformance, Mercedes-Benz E-class hybrid.
What Might Go Wrong
Infiniti’s corporate minders are ruthlessly fixated on the bottom line. If the company designs and engineers the Q80 on a spreadsheet, there’s a possibility that the mid-sizer will do nothing to advance the brand name’s value.
Approximated Arrival and Price
The Q80 needs to get here in 2021 with a rate spanning approximately $55,000 to $75,000.