It’s big, it’s bold and it’s guaranteed to make heads turn. The arrival of the Infiniti QX80 in South Africa offers customers in the large luxury SUV segment a newer and somewhat sparklier alternative to popular competitors such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570. This full-size luxury SUV has a new distinctive exterior design, which you’ll either love or hate right off the bat. Combining this with a luxuriously crafted interior trim, and high levels of standard safety and technology, means that the QX80 represents the most premium SUV ever offered by the brand on South African soil.
With the QX80, Nissan’s luxury division has created a vehicle that’s anything but subtle. For starters, it’s super-sized, and has a very roomy eight-seater cabin − large enough to fit in the entire family as well as the kitchen sink. Measuring 5.3 metres long, weighing 2.8 tons and donning 22″ wheels, the QX80 towers over most other vehicles on the roads… and, if your passengers are a little on the short side, they might need someone to hoist them into the cabin. The QX80’s powerful 5.6-litre V8 engine produces an impressive 298 kW of power and 560 Nm of torque.
A smooth 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) comes standard with all Premium models. But, with a manufacturer-rated fuel economy of 20.9 l/100 km, you’d need to be an oil tycoon if you intend to use a QX80 as your day-to-day vehicle. Despite its size, the Infiniti QX80 incorporates a high-stiffness frame structure that enhances ride comfort while reducing noise, vibration and harshness.
The QX80 also incorporates Infiniti’s proven All-Mode® AWD system with Auto, 4H and 4L modes available, along with hill descent control, a lockable rear differential and a choice of four different on-road and off-road settings. The advanced Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) system helps to reduce body lean in turns, resulting in improved ride comfort for every passenger in all three rows of the vehicle.