For when left-of-field isn’t left enough.
Have you ever found yourself wanting a full-size SUV, but think that the Toyota Land Cruiser is just too common, the Range Rover too understated, and two of your neighbours already have a Lexus LX570? Neither have we. But specifically for that one person caught in that rather incredulous situation, there’s good news: Infiniti has updated its largest SUV, the QX80, and now it looks less like a whale and more like a luxury barge, while losing none of the size. Hurray!
Headlining the changes is the new face. Where it used to have headlights that sat about halfway down the grille (making it look dowdy and sleepy), the new car has redesigned headlights that sit right at the top edge of the fascia, with the rest of the look in keeping with Infiniti’s new ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language.
Down the side, precious little has changed, and the production QX80 has given the enormous alloys of the Monograph concept (which previewed the redesign) a miss. At the rear, there’s a redesigned bumper and taillights, with the whole treatment looking altogether more resolved and less out of place than the outgoing car.
The cabin of the QX80 has only seen a few changes. Internationally, the QX80 offers a wider range of wood veneers, and posher cross-stitched leather upholstery for all but the third row of seats. The same extends to our model too, and unfortunately that also means that we too get the small 7-inch infotainment screen with its dated operation and unergonomic placement, inset into the dash at the top of a very old-fashioned centre stack.
A colleague noted that due to the size and placement of the screen in relation to the enormity of the car, “you might need long gorilla arms and the fingertip accuracy of a calligraphist to properly operate it without frustration.” Just saying.
Under the bonnet, Infiniti has changed nothing at all. So beneath the more sculpted bodywork, expect to find the same naturally-aspirated 5.6-litre V8 mill that puts out an uninspiring 298kW and 560Nm. Power got to all four wheels through a 7-speed automatic, and fuel consumption is expected to be nothing short of shocking. Prices remain unchanged at $110,900 before on-road costs, but it’s worth mentioning that metallic paint will cost you an additional $1500 (likely down to just the amount of paint needed).