2018 Infiniti QX80 Walkaround, Interior, Drive – Video
Further advancing INFINITI’s presence in the full-size luxury SUV segment, the 2018 QX80 takes INFINITI’s “Powerful Elegance” design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.
The 2018 QX80 stands apart with a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish, and advanced drive-assist technologies – all combining to promote a sense of inclusive, modern luxury and set new standards for upscale sophistication.
With a taut yet comfort-oriented suspension and ample performance from its 5.6-liter V8 engine, the new QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel.
Production of the new QX80 is underway at INFINITI’s Kyushu production facility in Japan, and it will go on sale in select INFINITI markets across North America, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East at the end of 2017.
The cabin of the new QX80 is one of the most luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartments created by INFINITI to date. Finely tailored and crafted by hand, there is an enhanced human artistry throughout the interior.
INFINITI’s designers have created a cabin with a more contemporary execution, both in terms of how it looks and how it feels to the touch. The high-quality tailoring is matched by contrasting colors, new materials for seats and paneling, and more precise attention given to the details.
The cabin is finished in a range of rich, new materials, with seats, door panels and armrests wrapped in perforated and quilted leather. Depending on specification, the backs of each seat are also skinned in quilted leather, harmonizing the effect throughout the cabin, with the upholstery sewn together with contrast double-stitching. INFINITI’s interior designers have turned to the milieu of haute couture for inspiration, using leather piping to create sharper, more angular edges to seats and headrests.
The cabin of the new QX80 can be trimmed in either leather (as standard) or semi-aniline leather with color-contrast piping (optional). For the latest incarnation of INFINITI’s luxury SUV, the new, premium Saddle Brown leather option is coupled with black contrast stitching and piping. The new model is also offered with Wheat or Graphite upholstery, available in standard leather or premium semi-aniline leather. Wheat semi-aniline leather is finished with dark gray stitching and piping; Graphite models are contrasted with medium gray stitching and piping.
The 2018 QX80’s powertrain ensures effortless and refined progress. With a powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine driving the rear or both axles, the new QX80 remains the consummate performer in even the worst driving conditions.
The 2018 QX80 is available with two-wheel drive or INFINITI All-Mode 4WD, the latter enabling four-wheel traction when conditions require it, and off-road capability when the driver demands it. With optimal all-season power delivery, the rear-biased drivetrain defaults to rear-wheel drive, continually adjusting power distribution between front and rear axles.
Drivers can customize the four-wheel drive system via a dial in the center console. The system sits in “auto” mode by default, using a computer-controlled transfer case to instantly redistribute engine torque to the wheels with the most traction. Permanent high- and low-range four-wheel drive settings are also available. The high-range setting is designed to take on moderate off-road driving and snow; the low-range function empowers drivers to tackle more demanding off-road conditions, with steeper inclines and declines, when more traction is needed.
The four-wheel drive system is backed up by the 2018 QX80’s four-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) system, which responds to wheel-spin by automatically applying brakes to each spinning wheel, and redistributing torque to other wheels to maximize traction and control.
Both two- and four-wheel drivetrains are paired with an advanced 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine, delivering ample on-road performance. Combining the combustion efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline, and the responsive acceleration of VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology, the V8 engine produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb ft of torque. The smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission, fitted as standard to every model, allows the driver to access the engine’s power and torque reserves at any time. The automatic transmission features Adaptive Shift Control, and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching.
In two-wheel drive configuration, the 2018 QX80’s fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. Four-wheel drive variants are capable of 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.