Infiniti Middle East has launched its latest enhanced version of their flagship full size SUV, the new 2015 QX80 across the region. The drive took place in the Sultanate of Oman.
For the coming model year, the Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV offers a fresh new exterior design, a more crafted interior, additional standard features and technology and will come in two Grade levels - QX80 Excellence Grade and QX80 Luxury Grade, both with the option of seven or eight seats.
The extensive exterior design refinements focus on the QX80's front end appearance, with a new upper grille shape and added lower grille. The revised front fascia also features new LED high/low beam headlights, LED turn signals, LED fog lights and a new bumper with flush-mounted sonar sensors.
In the rear of the QX80 a larger, standard bumper protector helps reduce potential damage when loading or unloading recreational gear or bulky cargo. There are also three new exterior colors among the seven total color choices: Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White.
One new wheel design is also added: 14 spoke, 22 inch forged aluminum alloy wheels available with the optional 22 inch tire and wheel package.
The 2015 QX80's interior refinements and revised grade level content reflect input from current owners, who have requested greater visual differentiation between color/wood trim offerings and more choices in the optional technology groupings. Two interior color atmospheres are available - Wheat or Graphite leather-appointed seating - along with two interior finisher colors. The previous Tuscan Burl trim has been replaced with a Mocha Burl with a heavier, richer and more reddish wood grain on the Excellence Grade, while a new Stratford Burl is available on the Luxury Grade.
Several new technologies have been added for 2015, starting with the advanced high beam assist and predictive forward collision warning (PFCW) systems. The high beam assist headlight function, which is standard on all models, utilizes a forward camera to read oncoming or upcoming traffic and automatically dips the high beams to the low beam setting. The high beam setting is restored when the traffic is clear.
The predictive forward collision warning (PFCW) system, which comes as standard on the Luxury Grade, warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver's forward field of vision. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one. Also added are standard 3-blink one-touch turn signals.
An extensive suite of advance safety systems is standard with the QX80 Luxury Grade including front emergency braking and front collision warning system, alongside available features such as blind spot warning, blind spot intervention, lane departure warning (LDW) and lane departure prevention (LDP).
As in previous years, all 2015 Infiniti QX80s include a high stiffness frame structure that enhances ride comfort while reducing noise, vibration and harshness. The proven 5.6 liter V8 engine combines the responsive acceleration of Infiniti's VVEL (variable valve event & lift) technology with the efficiency of direct injection gasoline (DIG) to produce 400 horsepower and 560Nm of torque. A smooth 7 speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The 2015 QX80 is offered in two Grade levels: QX80 Excellence Grade and QX80 Luxury Grade, with 7 seat and 8 seat options available in both.
All in all and if fuel economy isn't an issue for people, then it's your call. If you like comfort, power and lots of standard luxury features baked into an attractive price you can check the competition. But the giant QX80 is a choice that you won't regret at all.
Pros: ride quality, premium feel inside, handling, easy cornering, spacious cabin, smooth engine
Cons: similar to Nissan Patrol
Rivals: Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX570, Mercedes Benz GL Class, Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator
Engine: 5.6 Liter V8 engine, 400 hp @ 5800 rpm, 560 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 7 speed automatic, AWD
Performance: 0-100 kph: 7.4 sec, 12.5 L /100 km, top speed: 200 kph
Curb weight: 2795 kg
One word: large