Nearly every automaker in today’s market has a flagship product. A vehicle that helps to support the brand image and everything the company has built its philosophy upon. The flagship typically carries top-level technology, luxury, and provides the standard for equipment that the remainder of the portfolio offers as available. The flagship could also be represented as the largest vehicle produced in the portfolio— and so ladies and gentlemen, I like to introduce you to Infiniti’s flagship SUV, the QX80.
Now in its third generation, it’s possible you’ve noticed one on the road over the last several years. The QX80 has such a forceful presence that it prompts an instant glance upon its arrival. Drenched in chrome from front to rear, the bodylines translate to a bold expression of luxury while still delivering an understated vision. The design of the QX80 beholds the brand’s DNA of flowing, yet bold and aggressive lines.
This particular tester was painted with Dark Currant on the exterior, which underlined the level of class that the product inspired. The interior simply proposes the benchmark of quality and standard in luxury. The optional Limited Package offers Truffle Brown semi-aniline leather with diamond seat quilting and contrast stitching—it’s simply stunning. Mocha Burl trim covers each crevice and corners of the dash, arm space, and door trim throughout the whisper quiet cabin.
With technology as the brand’s centerpiece, the QX80 does not disappoint. Features like the Around View monitor system that uses a series of cameras and sensors to keep a safe watch of objects around the vehicle during parking and low speed maneuvers. A Blind Spot Warning system, Backup Collision Intervention, Lane Departure warning, and Intelligent Cruise Control all contribute to active safety measures to keep passengers secure and the driver aware.
Meanwhile under the hood, a brute, yet refined 5.6-liter V8 engine presents 400 horsepower with a towing capacity of 8500 pounds. The engine is then mated to an Adaptive Shift controlled 7-speed automatic transmission that is actually able to learn driving habits and shift accordingly. The drive of the QX80 couldn’t be smoother thanks in part to an advanced Hydraulic Body Motion control helps decrease body lean in the 5,878-pound QX80. And for its weight and AWD drivetrain, the QX80 still returned an impressive 17-MPG back from mixed city and highway driving.
The Infiniti QX80 shall remain a flagship not only to the brand, but also in its segment. A grand level sport utility that blends inspired performance, utility, and luxury is often hard to find. If shopping in the market, the QX80 is no doubt a contender that should be considered. For more information, please visit infiniti.com.