2016 Infiniti QX80 – For 2016, the new and invigorated 2016 Infiniti QX80 will come with several features including a capable handling, a robust V8 powerplant, tons of standard and optional features, and easy-to-use electronics interface. Its release date details haven’t been released by Infiniti, but we expect the details to start streaming soon.
Some of the novelties to expect include an updated forward collision mitigation system, LED headlights, refreshed front and interior styling, a new Limited package, and a new in-black interior trim. The QX80 might be an unusual nameplate if you haven’t been following Infiniti’s new naming formula. The QX80 was initially known as QX50 and later on as QX, which was the Infiniti’s reference to its largest SUV.
And despite the changes to its nameplate, Infiniti’s QX80 continues to be one of the most sought after luxury SUV in the market. The 2016 QX80 returns almost unchanged from the previous model. Its V8 engine returns, as is its power output which provides a quicker acceleration and a desirable towing capacity. Additionally, the vehicle has a stout off-roading capability which outmatches most of its rivals.
Still, despite the top-notch features and technologies, the segment offers plenty of other alternatives worth considering. They include Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and the Lexus LX for 2017.
Exterior Changes & Interior New Colors – 2016 Infiniti QX80
The full-size luxury Sports Utility Vehicle will come with a comfortable seating arrangement for up to eight passengers. Just as other Infiniti SUVs, the vehicle will come in just one well-equipped model with a choice of either the four-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive system.
Some of the standard features to expect from the standard 2016 Infiniti QX80 include a sunroof, a power folding 60/40-split folding third-row seat, a power liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, LED headlights, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, satellite radio, LED foglights, 20” alloy wheels, 13-speaker Bose audio system, keyless entry and ignition, roof rails, a six-way power front passenger seat, an auxiliary audio jack, climate control, USB/iPod interface, roof rails, driver memory settings, 360-degree parking camera, auto-dimming rearview camera, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, satellite radio, 8” touchscreen interface, and automatic high-beam.
Several options are provided in terms of packages. Some of them include the Theater, Split Bench Seat, and the Wheel package. Some of the packages bundled by these packages include 120-V power outlet, 22” wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seats, heated second-row seats, and a rear entertainment screen.
Furthermore, more features are bundled in the Driver’s Assistance package which comes bundled with Infiniti’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control, special wood trim, an upgraded climate control, premium audio system, and perforated leather seats.
Lastly, the Limited package adds special exterior and interior trim, and lots of upscale standard features.
Interior wise, the vehicle comes with plenty of upscale technologies which make the vehicle desirable to use. The handsome cabin comes with a generous amount of high-quality materials and cutting edge bells and whistles. For instance, the vehicle comes equipped with Around View Monitor that offers full view of the vehicle’s environ. Additionally, it comes with an intuitive electronics interface that even technophobes won’t have anything to fear.
Engine Specs – 2016 Infiniti QX80
Motivating the redesigned 2016 Infiniti QX80 is a 5.6L V8 powerplant able to crank out 400 horsepower and 413 pounds of torque. The standard transmission system is the 7-speed auto transmission system, as is the RWD. The four-wheel-drive system is provided as an option.
When the 2016 Infiniti QX80 is properly equipped, buyers should expect the vehicle to tow up to 8,500 pounds. Also available as an option is the auto-levelling rear suspension system.
During our own QX80 test drive, the vehicle was able to accelerate to 60 mph from standstill in 6.8 seconds, which is impressive by conventional standards. According to EPA stats, the vehicle should be able to return 14/20/16 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Some of the safety features to expect from the invigorated 2016 Infiniti QX80 include remote door access, antilock brakes, automatic crash notification, geo-fencing, max speed notification, front seat side impact, and Infiniti Connection telematics.
Expect the changes made to the standard 2016 Infiniti QX80 on this review to cost you an MSRP starting from $63,250. We should anticipate the vehicle to go for sale sometime next year. There is no word yet about a hybrid trim, but we should speculation is rife though Infiniti hasn’t offered any clues.