Infiniti Details 2018 QX80 Full-Size SUV, Priced From $64,750

Infiniti’s redesigned QX80 has finally been unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, boasting a high-quality cabin, advanced drive-assist technologies and a 400HP 5.6-liter V8.

The QX80 will begin production at the automaker’s Kyushu factory in Japan, and is expected to go on sale in select Infiniti markets across North America, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East at the end of this year.

“The new Infiniti QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury. Our flagship SUV features a high-quality, hand-crafted interior, creating a driver-centric, passenger-minded space for inclusive, modern luxury travel,” said company VP, Christian Meunier.

Measuring 210.2 inches (5,339 mm) in length, 75.8 inches (1,925 mm) tall with roof rails and 79.9 inches (2,029 mm) wide, the new QX80 should offer a commanding road-presence, not to mention enough space to seat either 7 or 8 passengers.

Visually, the SUV now appears longer, with a more purposeful front end, featuring functional fenders that maximize air delivery to the engine. The headlights were designed to wrap around the corners of the hood and into the fenders, allowing for a straight shoulder line design that runs from the grille all the way to the rear of the car.

Speaking of the rear, it features sharper and thinner lights and a raised lower bumper section, helping the car appear wider, taller and “more athletic” than its predecessor.

“Infiniti’s design DNA has been scaled up for our largest SUV. The 2018 QX80 combines its commanding new presence with powerful muscularity and enhanced horizontal movement. Our designers raised the visual height of our iconic ‘double-arch’ grille and signature headlamps, striking an unrivaled on-road premium tonality,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior VP of global design.

Step inside the 2018 QX80 and you might agree that it’s one of the most “luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartments created by Infiniti to date,” – or at least that’s how the automaker views it.

The interior is finished in a range of rich new materials, as quilted leather has been used on not just the seats, but also the door panels and armrests. As for the different interior trims available, aside from the standard Stratford Burl gloss wood trim, QX80 models with Graphite leather are also offered with a dark brown Espresso Burl. Meanwhile, models with Wheat or Saddle Brown upholstery are available with an even darker Charcoal Burl trim.

Moving past all the soft materials and cabin aesthetics, the QX80 also offers a suite of advanced driver assistance features such as Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.

The 2018 QX80 is available in both 2WD as well as 4WD, both versions using a 400 HP 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine. Models with 4WD also feature’s Infiniti’s All-Mode system with computer-controlled transfer case and three settings (Auto, 4H and 4L), and are priced from $67,850, whereas the 2WD version starts at $64,750.

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  • gor134

    Why would anyone get this over an Armada?

    • BGM

      Because of the Armada’s Kardashian butt rear bumper. No, I’m not gonna be seen on that thing either.

  • Nordschleife

    This is personally a let down for me. I love the concept to production color and it looks much better than what it was previously but unfortunately it’s not enough for me.

    • Carmaker1

      I already knew the actual update wasn’t going to be like that wasteful concept and had subtly leaked a hidden sketch of the real deal, but it fell on deaf ears anyway. About a year ago, management had seriously contemplated not showing the “concept” at NYIAS at all.

      I knew to expect this exterior wise, but was mislead by insiders twice about the interior.

      • Nordschleife

        I remember you leaking that sketch. I mean you are right no surprises as far as the exterior is concerned but the interior is the biggest let down. It just screams 2005.

        • Carmaker1

          Funny enough, they were already sketching this very interior back in 2005. The end result might have been completed in early 2007, but its roots start with the mid-2000s sketches and etc. 2018 is too identical, that it really does have roots in 2005-07.

          The highlight of the original 2010 redesign was the improvement in material quality and the expectation that the interior until would receive more needed attention in the center stack by middle of the decade with a proper facelift.

          However, they failed to do so with the 2015 model year refresh and now this. Shocking how the previous refresh was designed/finalised in 2012, yet nothing came of those extra 2/2.5 development years before introduction.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’m disappointed.

  • diego

    LOL, is this a car 10 years old?

    • Carmaker1

      The original design (MY2011) was locked-in by the end of 2007, so that isn’t so far fetched. The next generation Patrol/QX80 are completing the design freeze, so this will hold things over for now.

  • PK

    it is totally outdated….

  • roy

    The thing with acura, infinti … Just get your interiors right. They are horrible

  • Silverwing

    Is this 2007 Model Year? The interior and that small screen.. speechless..

    • MarketAndChurch

      The same could be said about large Lexus SUV’s too.

  • SteersUright

    $65k + tax, tag, and options…you can keep it. Or, more accurately, we can expect his slow selling Infiniti (which Infiniti isn’t a slow seller?) to be heavily discounted soon.

  • Dirtdogger

    Meh

  • Deckard_Cain

    This is not a facelift?

  • MarketAndChurch

    I love it. And by select North American markets, I’m sure they’re talking exclusively about California where this thing has been an absolute beast in sales.

  • Emoto

    I think these, and their downmarket counterpart, are almost stunningly hideous.

  • THE INTERIOR LOOKS LIKE A NICE PLACE TO SPEND TIME BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT THE EXTERIOR TO GET INSIDE.

  • eb110americana

    The QX80, now 20% less hideous!™

    • Bash

      And 100% disappointing.

  • Carmaker1

    Now that Ford has resuscitated their own line-up, they are doomed this time around. My parents owned the QX, dating back to the original. At this point, I cannot recommend it to them, as the improvements are too few. The interior aspect is where the real letdown is. Twice already I have gotten misinformation on QX80 refreshes. Both in 2013 for MY2015 and 2016-17 for MY2018.

    I myself have to question if the internally-sourced whispers I’m hearing about the next generation model wrapping up design work and entering production development soon really mean anything. They are planned for 2021, along with the next Mitsubishi Montero.

    As a shareholder, my father’s ROI is hardly impressive anyway so I don’t know where the hell all this money is going at Renault-Nissan. I am tired of Infiniti at this point, as they keep bungling things so badly. Never can provide a sound business case for new products, when their competitors somehow manage to.

    • dn12005

      Depressing!

  • Knotmyrealname

    Gauche, oversized and tastless. Perfect for the middle east.