In a nutshell, it is. Inspired by the Monograph Concept, the redesigned QX80 features reimagined 20- and 22-inch wheels, hood, lighting, LED fog lamps and side indicators, hood, and front/rear bumpers. The grille aligns with the automaker’s latest design language, though the interior leaves much to be desired in the way of new stuff. Then again, Infiniti made sure the cockpit features that desirable hand-crafted feel.
“The new 2018 QX80 commands a heightened flagship presence within the Infiniti portfolio,” declared Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. Randy goes on, adding that the QX80 “provides upscale luxury for all passengers, as well as a suite of advanced technologies that elevate confidence and control on any road.” What tech stuff is he talking about?
From the point of view of safety, these are Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, plus Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. Customers who opt for the Deluxe Technology Package get the Infiniti Smart Rear View Mirror, while the Theater Package also welcomes a small update.
The comfort-oriented sport utility vehicle soldiers on with the Endurance V8 that’s also available in the Titan pickup truck. In this application, the 5.6-liter engine offers 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet (560 Nm). The range-topping variant of the QX80 sweetens the deal with Infiniti All-Mode 4WD, bringing together a computer-controlled transfer case and three modes: Auto, 4H, and 4L.