Nissan is set to release an upgraded model of their luxury SUV for the 2017 model year. Last upgraded in 2012, the Infiniti QX80 had started to look a bit rusty. The model which used to go by the name QX56 will offer customers a good mix of all things they look for in a SUV.
The previous model was quite impressive in the market and the automaker expects the new model to reach and exceed the previous model’s success.
2017 Infiniti QX80 Exterior
The 2017 Infiniti QX80 exterior profile will be largely a carryover of the outgoing model. However, there are several changes and upgrades. At the front, the grille has been widened, the front bumper has also been redesigned and is integrated with sharper looking fog lights to offer more visibility. The headlights have also been redesigned and look more elegant, they have also been equipped with LED technology.
At the rear, the vehicle features a redesigned bumper. The taillights have also been modified and hooked up with LED technology. The SUV’s new profile looks more aggressive and muscular than that of the outgoing model. The Infiniti QX80 will have a higher ground clearance level compared to that of the predecessor model; it will also ride on huge, 22-inch alloy wheels.
2017 Infiniti QX80 Interior
The interior of the 2017 Infiniti QX80 bespeaks of a good mix of luxury, comfort and safety. The seats are upholstered in leather and feature unique seat quilting and are also ventilated and power adjustable. The seats also feature power lumbar support as an option.
At the front, the dashboard features an interactive, large LCD screen which displays navigation information. The screen is also integrated with Bluetooth, Smartphone connectivity, satellite navigation, USB ports and wireless charging. The convenience and entertainment package adds an upgraded NavWeather system, 4G LTE, ambient cabin lighting, a welcome light, a telematics system, a Bose premium audio system with 12 speakers and a programmable gauge cluster among others.
Designers of the Infiniti QX80 always pay a great deal of attention to safety. The new model will feature a collision alert system, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, parking sensors, a rear view camera and an enhanced package of airbags and safety belts. The cabin will accommodate seven or eight passengers comfortably. Its huge profile ensures plenty of leg, hip and headroom.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the 2017 Infiniti QX80 will feature a powerful engine. The SUV will be powered by a 5.6 L, V8 engine capable of producing 400 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to all wheels.
The engine has an estimated fuel economy of 14 mpg in city and 21 mpg on highway drives. The engine propels the SUV to make the 0-60 mph run in 7 seconds which is not bad for a car its size. A well equipped model will be capable of towing around 9,000 lbs.
Price and release date
We expect the automaker to release official prices close to the release date of the model which might be either in the second half of 2016 or early 2017. According to rumors, the base model will have a starting MSRP price of around $ 70,000.
The 2017 Infiniti QX80 will face competition from the more established Chevrolet Tahoe , Lexus LX and Cadillac Escalade among other models.
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