Infiniti has finally unwrapped the 2018 QX80 SUV at the 2017 Dubai Auto Show and announced that it will bring it at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. While not entirely a new model, the QX80 just got bolder, better and more spacious after having gone through a well-deserved facelift.
With a starting price of $64,750, the 2WD base model is packed with the same 400hp (298kW) 5.6-liter V8 engine but is offered with a fresh new look. For starters, the latest improvements could be seen at the vehicle’s lower fascia, headlights and front grille.
Infiniti’s QX80 AWD, which has a steeper price tag of $67,850, comes packed with more features such as three different driving modes (Auto/ 4H/ 4L) and a computer control module. A choice between a seven seat and an eight-seat configuration will also be added as an option.
Since both variants use the same type of engine including the same body-on-frame architecture as those on the 2010 QX80 models, the subtle changes on the exterior and interior will only help Infiniti’s flagship SUV to keep up with the latest trends.
In addition to the exterior enhancements, Infiniti offers the latest SUV with tons of new technologies for improved safety. These include lane departure prevention, lane departure warning, blind spot intervention and predictive forward collision warning. Not to mention, there is also the integration of forward emergency braking with pedestrian alert, intelligent cruise control, blind spot warning and several other driver assistance features.
If you go through the details, you will notice that the headlights are now placed higher on the front fenders which also look narrower than the previous headlamps. We notice the same thing at the lower fascia’s horizontal running lights with its new slimmer appearance. As for the front grille, we can now say that it appears wider at the base, unlike the ongoing SUV that seems to look wider at the top. And lastly, there are some new tail lamps with a new shape to highlight the vehicle’s rear end.
Another highlight is the interior’s storage space which has been expanded to offer 5.4 liters in total volume. Everything in it was made even bigger including the smartphone bin (for larger phones and tablets), larger cup holders (for cups with handles), and wider rear seat infotainment screens (for superior viewing experience and entertainment).
In all, we barely notice any major changes outside as the 2018 QX80 is still basically the same big SUV with the same windows, same doors, same roof, except maybe for the new tail lights and new license plate surrounds which are now wrapped in chrome.
But knowing that the Infiniti QX80 has always been a top choice when purchasing luxury SUVs in the Middle East and North America, we believe that there surely are more reasons to choose the 2018 QX80 over any other big SUVs following this new update. So much so that both Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have found a new rival in the large SUV segment.