2018 Infinity QX80
INFINITI’S extra-large QX80 has had a major facelift and a number of stylish interior updates. Previously the shape had been a bit - dare we say - Japanese and wasn’t always to the taste of Australians or Americans. Most sales are to these two nationalities so the changes are likely to make it more appealing in this country, and perhaps increase sales, because they have been rather slow to date. STYLING This is more than your routine facelift, everything forward of the windscreen has been revised, not just the easy-to-reshape plastic bits.
The bonnet is 20 mm higher and has been extended forward by 90 mm, the grille is taller and broader. The tailgate, taillights, chrome bar and rear bumper have also been redesigned. The QX80 sits on large new-design 22-inch forged aluminiumalloy wheels, up from 20s on the old model.
Overall, the look is certainly different and not as challenging as previously. Those who commented on our test car all liked the new look. INSIDE The topline Infiniti has an updated instrument panel as well as the centre and rear-centre consoles. Seat and door trim quilting, stitching and piping have been refreshed, and there is now a contrasting coloured double-stitch design on the centre arm rest. INFOTAINMENT The Japanese SUV has Bluetooth connectivity. We loved the output from the Bose Surround audio system. The rear entertainment screens have been increased from 7.0 to 8.0 inches as part of the QX80’s makeover. The large symbols on the central screen minimise the time you have to take your eyes off the roads. POWERTRAIN Infiniti QX80 is powered by a large 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine. It has an impressive 298 kW of power and 560 Nm of torque. That’s good old fashioned grunt.
Power is sent to all four wheels by way of a seven-speed automatic transmission and Infiniti’s All-Mode 4WD system. Towing capacity is listed at 3500 kg. SAFETY The big Infiniti does not have an Australasian NCAP rating, but being aimed primarily at the market in the USA there’s a big emphasis on safety. Major items include Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning. All of which will intervene if the driver isn’t paying attention.
There are only two IsoFix points, on the outer seats of the second row. You would expect three, even four.
SUBTLE: Styling of the Infiniti QX has been toned down and is now admired by many.