Infiniti unveiled a refreshed 2018 version of its flagship QX80 three-row SUV at the Dubai International Motor Show today. The QX80's update includes modest styling and interior upgrades, and a small price bump for the U.S.
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The 2018 QX80 will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year, starting at $65,745 (including a $995 destination charge) for the rear-wheel-drive model, and $68,845 for all-wheel drive. Each is up $900 from the 2017 price, but the new QX80 remains a relative bargain among big luxury SUVs.
The new QX80 evokes Infiniti 's Monograph concept shown at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The imposing new front end is more upright and squared-off — and less eccentric — than the 2017 model, and the 2018 picks up design cues from the concept: headlights that stretch around the corners and thinner LED taillights. What looks familiar is the roofline and crescent-shaped rear pillar from the 2017 QX80, shared with the Nissan Armada.
The 2018 has about the same extra-large dimensions as the outgoing model. It's 210.2 inches long, 79.9 inches wide and has the same 121.1-inch wheelbase. The QX80 continues to offer seating for up to eight, or seven with second-row captain's chairs. The interior gets upgraded materials for the seats and panels, new colors and available quilted leather, a bigger console bin and phone cubby, and more sound insulation.
A revised dashboard is still busy with buttons and knobs and includes an 8-inch touchscreen for Infiniti 's InTouch multimedia system. The second-row entertainment system screens are now 8 inches, up from 7 inches, and can display different content on each screen. The system also adds a new HDMI input while the backseats get a pair of new USB ports. Newly available is a camera-based video rearview mirror for better visibility.
The 2018 carries over the 5.6-liter V-8 that puts out 400 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed automatic, that Infiniti says can move the heavy (about three tons) QX80 from zero-to-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. The available all-wheel-drive system operates automatically, but it offers high and low settings for specific conditions.
The QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds and has auto-leveling suspension. The QX80 has been one of the better-handling big SUVs, and a hydraulic suspension system that provides more control of body roll is available. Maximum cargo space is a cavernous 95.1 cubic feet. It's a thirsty hauler, though: Infiniti expects the 2018 to keep the same EPA ratings of 14/20/16 mpg city/highway/combined with rear-wheel drive and 13/19/15 mpg with all-wheel drive on premium fuel.
Editor's note: This story was updated on Nov. 14, 2017, to include newly available pricing information.
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