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2025 Infiniti QX80 Debuts As All-New Lincoln Navigator Rival

Ford Authority spotted a 2025 Infiniti QX80 prototype out testing nearly one year ago, giving us an early look at the soon-to-be-updated Lincoln Navigator rival. Coincidentally, the Navigator is in line for a mid-cycle refresh of its own in the 2025 model year, one that will include changes such as the addition of some Nautilus-like styling cues – confirmed by another prototype sighting last November – as well as a coast-to-coast display inside the cabin. Now, the 2025 Infiniti QX80 has been fully revealed, giving us a complete look at this brand new Navigator rival.

On the outside, the 2025 Infiniti QX80 introduces the brand’s new design language known as “Artistry in Motion,” which is a bit of an evolution compared to its current styling. Notable features there include new LED headlights and a full-width taillight bar, flush door handles, and welcome animation lighting.

Inside the cabin, the 2025 Infiniti QX80 features materials such as open pore ash wood trim with laser-etched metal inlays, optional semi-aniline leather seats, ambient lighting with 64 color options, and a pair of dash-mounted 14.3-inch displays – one that serves as the infotainment system running Google Built-In technology, and the other as a configurable meter display. Customers can also opt for an an available Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system with 24 speakers.

As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2025 Infiniti QX80 will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 rated to produce 450 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – increases of 50 horsepower and 103 pound-feet compared to the current model – and it’s mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission as well. Electronic air suspension is available as an option, as is Dynamic Digital
Suspension that constantly makes changes to optimize ride quality and handling performance. The 2025 Infiniti QX80 is slated to launch later this summer, with an MSRP starting at $82,450.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Luxury SUVs - Q4 2023 - USA

MODEL Q4 23 / Q4 22 Q4 23 Q4 22 Q4 23 SHARE Q4 22 SHARE YTD 23 / YTD 22 YTD 23 YTD 22
CADILLAC ESCALADE +4.66% 6,648 6,352 30% 31% +8.10% 26,257 24,290
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR +2.66% 4,164 4,056 19% 20% +32.89% 17,549 13,206
CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV -15.61% 3,558 4,216 16% 21% -3.29% 15,432 15,957
INFINITI QX80 +35.96% 3,471 2,553 16% 13% +76.19% 12,696 7,206
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER +8.81% 2,483 2,282 11% 11% -9.53% 10,618 11,736
LEXUS LX +80.60% 1,685 933 8% 5% +91.08% 6,959 3,642
TOTAL +7.93% 22,009 20,392 +17.72% 89,511 76,037

It will certainly be interesting to see how these changes – as well as the debut of the forthcoming, refreshed Navigator – impact sales in the full-size luxury SUV space. At the moment, the Cadillac Escalade dominates that particular segment after closing out 2023 with a substantial 30 percent share (not including the long-wheelbase ESV), followed by the Navigator at 19 percent, while the QX80 accounted for 16 percent of sales in that same space.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Drew Ford Retiree

    The Escalade comes in 2 different wheelbases, just like the Navigator… so it makes a lot more sense to combine the Escalade sales data into one line, just like you combined the Navigator into one line.


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