Infiniti goes beyond with new QX80

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 15, 2015

Although still relatively new since re-launching its South African operations last year, Japanese automaker Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti, has been making steady progress with its range of executive sedans and SUV’s.

Originally launched in the United States as the QX56 in 2010, the QX80 is the latest model to follow Infiniti’s new naming system introduced last year, and sees the automaker entering the upper scales of the luxury SUV division currently being occupied by the Range Rover, Mercedes GL (soon to be called GLS), Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

Using the same platform, and indeed mechanicals but with different styling, as the latest generation Nissan Patrol, which incidentally won’t be available due to concerns over pricing, the eight-seat QX80 slots in above the QX70 and will only be available as a single model with one engine and transmission option.

Measuring 5 305 metres long, 2 266 metres wide and tipping the scales at 2 829 kg, the QX80 is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine that produces 298 kW and 560 N.m of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four 275/50 section 22-inch wheels via Nissan’s All-Mode permanent all-wheel drive system that features low range and a rear diff-lock.

Performance-wise, Infiniti claims 0-100 km/h time of 7.5 sec and a top speed of 210 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 14.8 L/100 km and emissions at 350 g/km.

Continuing with Infiniti’s approach of offering a sparse options list, metallic paint being the only choice listed, the QX80’s standard spec list is only dwarfed by is appearance with notable highlights including an 15-speaker Bose Premium sound system with Bluetooth audio streaming, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated 30Gb hard drive that also serves as monitor for the 360° around view monitoring system, dual seven-inch rear screens for second row passengers, hydraulic body control, heated steering wheel and front seats, 10 way driver’s electric seats with lumber support, four-zone climate control, rain sense wipers, auto on/off lights, push button start and eight-way passenger’s electric seat with lumber support.

Safety spec is just as inclusive and includes ABS, EBD, VDC, TCS, Brake Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, no less than 10 airbags, Blind Spot Warning and keyless entry with selective door unlocking.

The R1 238 000 asking price also adds a three year / 100 000 km warranty and a five year / 100 000 km maintenance plan.

 

IMAGE sourced from www.infiniti.co.za