What happens when you take a luxury SUV and pass it down to your luxury brand? Well, the end result may be quite similar to the 2016 Infiniti QX80 which is Nissan’s new flagship SUV for the North American region. Just as we said, it is actually based on the Patrol, but it does feature a lot of improvements to make it one of the most luxurious offerings on the market, not only in the SUV segment, but actually overall which is an impressive feat by any standards. While the car’s name is new and the design might fool some people, this luxury SUV has been around in the same basic form for more than 8 years, so it is quite old underneath. However, this didn’t stop Inifiniti to try and extend its life once again, with the new Infiniti QX80 2016. It will offer a slightly updated look, an even better interior than before which becomes increasingly difficult considering it might be considered as the perfect car in terms of comfort, and also an updated engine.
2016 Infiniti QX80 redesign
On the interior the new Infiniti QX80 2016 is more than comfortable. Because it is based on the Patrol, it means that there is a ton of space inside the cabin, so even despite its monstrous size, there are only 6 chair like seats arranged in three rows with a center console between them all. This allowed Infiniti to offer the same experience no matter where the passengers sit, so there is a quadruple-automatic air conditioning system offered as standard, a great infotainment system with five different LCD screens and a leather upholstery which can easily be mistaken to that of a Bentley.
The exterior of the 2016 Infiniti QX80 on the other hand didn’t receive that much work, so it is still quite similar to the original model. However, in the front there are new Xenon headlights with daylight running lights and a new grille while at the back it has a new exhaust. The wheels were also changed to 22 inch chromed light alloy rims with all season tires offered as standard.
Infiniti QX80 2016 specs
Engine wise, the new Infiniti QX80 2016 boasts the same old 5.6 liter naturally aspirated V8 which is capable of 400 horsepower and 416 lb-ft of torque. While it doesn’t lack in power, the fuel consumption is quite bad with an estimated of around 15 MPG for the two wheel drive model. This might change in the near future with the release of a hybrid model, but this hasn’t been officially announced just yet.
2016 Infiniti QX80 release date and price
The 2016 Infiniti QX80 release date is not set yet but it might come to the Nissan dealerships by the end of this year or early 2016. Its price should remain the same and it will be around $65,000 on the base trim and it should go up to $80,000 or even more in the special edition of the new Infiniti QX80 2016 luxury SUV.