2018 INFINITI QX80 - Drive, Interior and Exterior.
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.
A flagship model for the brand, the QX80 has established itself as a major contributor to the image of INFINITI in many of its key global markets.
The new model has been created to meet the needs of today's luxury car buyers, and introduces a more modern interpretation of upscale luxury to the full-size SUV segment. It will appeal to a buyer that wants for nothing: affluent, high-achieving entrepreneurs and business leaders, often with families, who demand space and utility, hand-crafted quality and modern design, and effortless on-road performance. INFINITI customers enjoy using technology and innovations to make their lives more enjoyable and hassle-free.
The new QX80 provides all this for seven or eight passengers, bringing a confident, modern representation of luxury to the market. Combining supreme space and utility with advanced technologies and high sophistication, the changes to the car’s design – inside and out – more closely align the new model with the most recent INFINITI vehicles through the application of signature design cues.
The new QX80 therefore arrives at a moment of opportunity for INFINITI, and is designed to further enhance the brand’s profile. The new model will occupy a unique position in its class, boasting a truly modern exterior design, a cabin designed around the concept of inclusivity and engaged relaxation for all occupants, and technologies engineered to maximize safety, comfort and on-board entertainment.
The new QX80 offers a taut yet comfort-oriented ride, with the suspension engineered to filter out poor road conditions and keep occupants comfortable. Whether at cruising speeds, on busy urban roads, or on a winding highway, the 2018 QX80 remains composed and controlled at all times.
The new QX80 assures a calm, refined ride for all occupants and is focused, first and foremost, on comfort. Despite the comfort-biased brief for the fully-independent double-wishbone suspension, the 2018 QX80’s unique available Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) technology limits excess body-roll under more severe cornering.
HBMC monitors body lean and roll as the QX80 turns into a corner, and adjusts the suspension to create a smooth, flat ride. Hydraulic cylinders are connected to the shock absorber, and linked to one another with high-pressure hydraulic channels. Two accumulators monitor body roll and adjust suspension stiffness on each side of the car by transferring oil between the hydraulic cylinders. As the car corners and the body starts to lean, HBMC firms up the suspension on one side of the car to counter this effect. When equipped with HBMC, the 2018 QX80’s lean angle is around 35 percent flatter than that of the segment bestseller, without sacrificing the cruising comfort expected of a luxury SUV.
For the new model, the suspension’s damping force also has been reduced by 30 percent at every corner, isolating the cabin further by absorbing higher-frequency vibrations. This has been achieved by retuning the characteristics of the 2018 QX80’s shock absorber pistons.
Rear Auto-Leveling Suspension automatically adjusts suspension pressure to maintain the optimum ride height with cargo in the trunk or a trailer on tow. This allows the 2018 QX80 to tow up to 8,500 lbs, and carry up to 95.1 cu ft of interior cargo volume with third- and second-row seats folded. By keeping the vehicle at its optimal height, the 2018 QX80 remains stable and continues to offer responsible handling and braking, improving driver confidence when towing or carrying heavier loads.
Gathering feedback from existing QX80 customers, INFINITI has also changed the vertical angle of the radial steel belt in the tire walls. This reduces vertical deflection by 5 percent over the outgoing QX80, enabling the car to better absorb small vibrations and road impacts when driving over rough or broken surfaces.