Infiniti released the current QX80 back in 2010 and while it isn’t exactly new, they did update it a few times by now. The car looks better than ever before and it feels quite a bit more upmarket as well. Unfortunately it is still missing some essential features which makes it less impressive than some of its rivals. Even so, it looks like things are going to change once more with the future 2018 Infiniti QX80. So far the manufacturer didn’t release all that much information about this future SUV. Even so, it looks like the car is not going to be an all new model like some of the rumors suggested. Instead, the upcoming QX80 will be a rather extensive facelift which is expected to include plenty of upgrades, inside and out. The end result should be a car that will be more efficient, will drive better and hopefully will be more modern in feel.
Like before, the upcoming QX80 is still going to share its ladder frame chassis with the older Patrol. This is not that bad as the Patrol is still a rather good car. However, it looks like the manufacturer will tweak the car’s suspension system and they might work on its brakes.
The end result should be a slightly more comfortable and also more composed ride than before. The NVH levels will also likely improve by a good margin. Infiniti would be able to do this by changing some of the materials on the body and also installing more sound insulation. The running gear will likely be the same as before but the air-shocks might receive a tweak while the brakes could be revamped.
Release and price
So far Infiniti didn’t say when exactly they will release the upcoming QX80 on the market. Even so, considering they showcased the concept, it is safe to assume the car is not far away from release. Its price is likely going to change from what the current version costs. We can expect an entry level price of around $65,000 while the higher end models could end up costing a lot more than that.
2018 Infiniti QX80 Specs
When Infiniti announced they were going to release a new QX80, most of us hoped the car was going to get a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Unfortunately this is not really the case. The 2018 Infiniti QX80 will hit the market with a 5.6 liter naturally aspirated V8. This is basically the same engine that has been around for the past decade. While it isn’t exactly high-tech, it still is a relatively capable mill. This will provide a rather impressive 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. All of this power will be routed to all four wheels via a 7 speed automatic gearbox which is not exactly the smoothest out there. Even so, the driving experience the combo manages to provide is still quite good. This is mostly thanks to the massive amount of torque the engine can provide low down the rev-range. It looks like a rear wheel drive system will also be available for some markets. Even so, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 will only offer around 20 MPG on average which is definitely worse than most other cars on the road.
|2018 Infiniti QX80
|Dimensions And Weight
|Engine And Transmission
|400 hp/413 lb-ft
|7 speed automatic
|PRICE RANGE:$65,000 -$67,850
|Competitors:Cadillac Escalade,Lexus LX570
The design – inside and out
There is no denial about the fact the previous car looked great. Well, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 is not all that different. Infiniti decided to base its design on the concept they showcased earlier this year and it looks like they got it just right. In the front the car features a brand new set of swept-back headlights, the grille is more imposing than before while the new bumper intakes elevate the wayy the car looks.
The glasshouse is a bit more stylish than before while the new chrome inserts make the car look even more upmarket than before. As standard the QX80 will come with 20 inch rims with 22 inch rims being available as optional extras.
The interior of the car didn’t change all that much. Design wise, it still is pretty similar to the car released more than half a decade ago. However, the features are quite a bit better than before. Also, the materials have improved while the new infotainment system is a massive step-up over the original.