2018 INFINITI QX80 Freshened Up Just In Time For The Big Suv Boom
“The next generation” 2018 Infiniti QX80 will retain the current body-on-frame architecture and the 5.6 liter V8 petrol engine, according to company president.
2018 QX80 is just an extensive update of the current QX80, which arrived in place in 2011 as QX56. That’s why the 2018 model still has a split proportion and low chandelier from its predecessor. At least the lights, which accentuate the new design, sit a little higher now.
Speaking with US Motor Trend, Roland Krueger, Nissan’s senior vice president and president of Infiniti Motor Company, said that the base of the current car – which originated in 2011 – will be brought along with a 298kW / 560Nm V8 petrol engine.
“This will be the same powertrain,” he said in the publication. “This is a very successful car and the architecture is very successful, and very in line with the market.”
“When you see the powertrain, the capacity of seven seats, perfect.”
The Infiniti boss apparently also hinted at the addition of a smaller powertrain, which can be predicted by the Motor Trend to be a turbocharged V6 – perhaps a 298kW twin-turbo unit used on the Q50 and Q60 Red Sport variants.
2018 Infiniti QX80 Price Release Date
2018 Infiniti QX80 Styling
The good news is the QX80 platform is hard to misinterpret as the same sturdy body-on-frame design is found in Nissan Armada. And the Armada is basically a Nissan Patrol, considered the most capable off-roader vehicle.
The biggest changes happen in front, where the redesigned four-wheel drive sports bonnet, bumper, and new front wing. This new look is more aesthetically pleasing, as large bonnet steps have been put into the dustbin of history.
In addition to a slimmer front-end design, there is also a new light-tailed graphics, a revised lightweight tailgate with wider and more conventional chrome strips, an updated rear bumper, and a different look for side vents.
On the inside, the QX80 benefits from new wood trims, leather stitching options, larger rear entertainment screens, and better storage areas. New tires, and more insulation on the doors and behind the dashboard, should produce a quieter cabin.
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2018 Infiniti QX80 Powertrain
No mechanical updates to report. The 2018 QX80 comes with its excellent 5.6-liter V-8 predecessor for 400 horsepower, 413 pound-feet and a tensile capacity of 8,500 pounds. The single transmission is a 7-speed automatic, mated to a standard rear-wheel drive system or all-wheel drive available. The standard wheel is a 20-inch set but 22-inch alloy wheels are available.
Where engineers have been working to improve this 2018 QX80 in perfection. In particular, additional sound-proofing materials are added to reduce the outside noise coming into the cabin. The cabin is almost identical to the design of its predecessor.
This latest development seems to confirm that both the QX80 and the associated Nissan Patrol will become warriors with their current base and powertrains, although Infiniti is dubbed the “next generation” vehicle.
Generally, the new generation model gets new architecture, engine and technology (if not always at the same time), though it looks like a big SUV really only offers the latter.
Earlier this year, the company presented the concept of the QX80 Monograph, which previews the design for a new luxury off-roader, away from the opaque Moby Dicky staircase that supports a clean look similar to other recent Infiniti concepts such as the QX50.
2018 Infiniti QX80 Price
Pricing on 2018 QX80 starts at $ 65,745 for QX80 with rear-wheel drive. Choose an all-wheel drive and you have to pay $ 68,845. Both figures include a $ 995 destination fee.