INFINITI QX80 UPGRADED

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Infiniti’s large SUV, the QX80 has had a major facelift and a number of stylish interior updates.

Everything forward of the windscreen has been revised. The bonnet is 20 mm higher and has been extended forward by 90 mm, the grille is taller and broader. These changes have necessitated changes to the front guards. The front bumper has what Infiniti tells us is “a muscular design that elevates its athletic stance.” The tailgate, taillights, chrome bar and rear bumper have also been redesigned.

The large, imposing Japanese SUV sits on large 22-inch forged aluminium-alloy wheels that feature a new 18-spoke design.

It’s hardly a secret that very few people buy SUVs to go off-road into tough conditions. So the fact that the side steps have been extended out by 20 mm to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, side steps are often the first components to be damaged off-road…

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Inside, the Infiniti QX80 has updated the upper instrument panel as well as the centre and rear-centre consoles. The rear entertainment screens have also received a new treatment. Seat and door trim quilting, stitching and piping have been refreshed, and there is a now a contrasting coloured double-stitch design on the centre arm rest.

Infiniti QX80 is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine with 298 kW of power and a huge 560 Nm of torque. This passes power to all four wheels by way of a seven-speed automatic transmission and Infiniti’s All-Mode 4WD system.

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Infiniti with these extensive revisions is on sale now. We will borrow a test vehicle soon and report back to you with our impressions immediately afterwards.

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