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2021 Infiniti QX80 adds tech, gets renamed trim levels and price hike

The 2021 QX80 has been enhanced for the new model year.

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The Infiniti QX80 is getting more expensive for the 2021 model year, but with that added cost comes a bevy of upgrades made over the last two model years.

For 2020, Infiniti added then-new ProPILOT Assist and Sensory package content, fresh IT system technology, and an available 17-speaker Bose Performance Series Audio system.

The three-row 2021 Infiniti QX80 has revised its trim levels to now include entry-level Luxe, mid-grade Premium Select, and top-tier Sennsory. It will continue to be available in two- and four-wheel drive configurations. The 2WD QX80 will start at $69,050 and the 4WD will be $72,150.

2021 Infiniti QX80

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The QX80 Luxe will offer sumptuous appointments and the SUV's signature beefy body style along with a long list of standard technologies including blind spot intervention, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, rear seat belt reminder, adaptive cruise control, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay,

Upgrading to the QX80 Premium Select delivers enhancements previously available in the QX80 Edition 30 including dark chrome and black highlights the QX80's front grille, fender vents, door mirror caps, and rear tailgate strip. The model rides on dark chrome 22-inch forged alloy wheels. Buyers can choose from three interior color schemes: Graphite, Truffle Brown, and Sahara Stone. The Matte Brown accent trim has been revised.

Moving to the QX80 Sensory grade gets buyers quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seats, Charcoal Burl trim and a new graphite tricot headliner. It too rides on 22-inch forged allow wheels, but this model's have chrome mirror caps. The company's Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is standard in this trim level.

In addition to the grade name and offerings changes, each model comes equipped with the second generation of Infiniti's Smart Rearview Mirror. It now has a wider 9.6-inch display, high resolution camera, and LED flicker mitigation technology.

The 2021 Infiniti QX80 will reach U.S. dealerships this autumn.

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Owners of 2020 and 2021 model year Infiniti vehicles will be eligible.

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Apple CarPlay is a great feature that can add maps, streaming audio, and voice controls to even base model vehicles that would otherwise lack such technology. It also offers a standardized interface that works similarly to a smartphone's built-in software, so there's no confusion about how to operate the system. Until recently, users had to have their phones physically tethered to the vehicle with a wired connection, but many automakers have begun offering wireless connectivity. Infiniti is one of them, but in an unusual step, the company says that it will upgrade older model year vehicles with the technology at no cost.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay The upgrades will be free for owners.Infiniti

This means that if you own a 2020 or 2021 Q50, Q60, QX50, or QX80, you are eligible for the upgrade. Wireless Apple CarPlay became available for Infiniti vehicles starting with the 2022 model year, so it's a new feature for the automaker. The first model to support the feature was the 2022 QX55 and the new 2022 QX80 will offer the tech with its 12.3-inch touchscreen system. The 2022 Q50 and Q60 will both leave the factory with the feature, as will the upcoming QX60.

It's unclear how or if the upgrade will affect other vehicle systems, but it's a worthy move for anyone who owns a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti vehicle, if only to boost resale value down the road. Cars such as the 2021 Q50 came standard with a dual-screen infotainment system and wired Apple CarPlay, so the ability to go wireless would be a big bonus for some drivers.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay Owners have until March 31, 2022 to complete the upgrade.Infiniti

If you own a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti model, you have until March 31, 2022, to complete the upgrade. Infiniti says its dealers will perform the update at no cost to owners, so make your appointments now. The automaker has not announced plans to offer wireless Android Auto.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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