The Lincoln Navigator was treated to a refresh for the 2022 model year, giving it some updated exterior styling, along with a few interior upgrades and new tech features. Regardless, it won’t be too much longer before the big, luxurious SUV gets a total redesign, which is expected to happen alongside its mainstream counterpart – the Ford Expedition – for the 2025 model year, as Ford Authority reported last October. However, it wont be alone in that regard, as one of the Navigator’s rivals is also set to receive some updates – the 2025 Infiniti QX80 – as we can see in these photos of a camouflaged prototype captured by Ford Authority recently.
Though it’s covered in heavy camo, this 2025 Infiniti QX80 prototype looks more like a refresh than a total redesign, but given the fact that the current-gen model has been around since 2010 with a pair of facelifts along the way, it should bring about some much-needed changes, regardless. Up front, the large luxurious SUV features very similar styling compared to the existing model, albeit with thinner headlights and a larger trapezoid grille design.
Moving down the side, we can see the SUV’s familiar overall profile that has perpetuated over the past decade-plus, with slab-like sides and a tall greenhouse, so it seems as if Infiniti isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel here. The prototype does look to have flush door handles, while the taillight design is new as well.
As far as what to expect in terms of interior design and powertrains, that much is unclear at the moment, though the 2025 Infiniti QX80 does appear set to continue to be sold with ICE engine options, at least. It’s also quite likely that the SUV will receive a new infotainment screen and updated software to keep pace with the competition, too.
In terms of sales, the current Infiniti QX80 suffered a large, 42 percent drop in 2022 as Nissan’s luxury arm moved just 7,206 total units for a nine percent market share. That ranked it behind the segment-leading Cadillac Escalade, as well as the Navigator, which sold 13,206 units for a 17 percent share.