The QX80 remains truck-like in its look and feel, being body-on-frame, it feels like you’re sitting on top of it rather than in it and the side steps are definitely not there just for aesthetics

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Infiniti QX80


Infiniti and its new QX80 is a classic example of how the automotive industry is at a crossroads, on the one hand telling us to go green and electric and on the other, releasing this 5.6-litre, V8 SUV because it will undoubtedly sell well.


The United States remains a powerhouse in terms of global car sales and what the consumer wants, the consumer gets and they want big, bold luxury SUVs with V8 engines. So Infiniti delivers with the restyled, 2018 QX80.


Infiniti is one of the most forward thinking operators in the business, not afraid to take risks with its styling and recent mechanical technology developments like the world’s first variable compression ratio engine coming soon.


Last year it debuted a wild, retro-inspired concept car that looked like a 1930’s Grand Prix racer, but powered entirely by electricity and announced that EVs would comprise a big part of the company’s future. Then in the same breath, it released the QX80 super-sized SUV to go against the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.


Like the model it replaces, the QX80 offers three rows of seating, sits above the QX70 and still rides on a body-on-frame chassis, however the most obvious change to the new model is in the styling. [To be continued...]

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