|Infiniti Malaysia has announced the newest QX80 SUV into the line-up for the domestic market, effective immediately. The QX80 carries the signature Infiniti look with a combination of inspired design and attention-grabbing motifs.|
At the front, the large SUV features a front fascia with LED headlights along with the marque’s distinct ‘brow-and-eye’ DRLs (daytime running lights), front double arch and wave pattern grille. The wave pattern grille is imported from the Q50 sports sedan. The profile shows the sturdiness of the SUV in its ‘militarized’ impression, coupled with a three-part intake on the front feeder and a rather straight forward three-partition cab with long wheelbase and roof rails. From the rear, there’s the overfenders integrated to the full length running board, an extended lower bumper, chrome fixtures, bumper scuff protector, power liftgate and LED combination lights, as well as a spoiler. The QX80 is finished off with a large, lightweight 22-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels.
Roomy interior and sheer bliss inside the Infiniti QX80
Space won’t be a concern anymore inside the Infiniti QX80 as the large SUV’s inner sanctum offers lots of room and amenities for every occupant. Luxurious semi-aniline leather-appointed seating is standard for 8 occupants to divulge. Climate-controlled (heating and cooling functions) front seats are standard as well as heated 2nd row seats. The 2nd row 60/40 split with remote release switches offer tip-up function for easy 3rd row entry/exit. The 3rd row seat is a 60/40-split power folding design with reclining capability, allowing passengers to adjust their seating position electronically.
For entertainment purposes, the Infiniti QX80’s advanced entertainment and audio system comprises of the Bose Cabin Surround sound system with 5.1-encoding, 15-speakers. Paired together with a single in-dash DVD/CD player with MP3, USB and Bluetooth compatibility, the 8-inch HD display certainly provides a theater-like front row seats for the driver and passenger. On the front seats’ headrests, the dual 7-inch color monitors (with auto bright) comes with two pairs of wireless headphones and wireless remote control for rear occupants’ total convenience.
As large as the beast that is the Infiniti QX80, an adequately large engine is included to bring it up to speed. Infiniti puts in a 5.6-liter V8 engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) to enable the large SUV to churn a respectable 405 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. The V8 engine is mated to a smooth 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev matching (DRM).
In addition, the QX80 is offered with standard four-wheel drive, featuring Infiniti’s proven All-Mode 4WD system with Auto, 4H, and 4L modes. The system is designed to distribute torque to all four wheels when road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent on front wheels), helping to enhance traction. When off-road conditions become even more challenging, a multi-mode terrain switch comprising of Snow, Mud and Rock setting changes the engine torque, 4WD and VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) parameters. The Hydraulic Body Motion control is introduced for the first time in an Infiniti vehicle. It functions to reduce body lean while turning, for a more comfortable ride. Utilizing hydraulic cylinders located at the shock absorbers (connected via cross piping and two accumulators), it adjusts roll stiffness by allowing transfer of fluid between the left and right sides of the vehicle through passive weight transfer during normal driving. It also helps reduce bump shock by setting bounce and roll damping forces separately.
The QX80 safety features suite include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Emergency Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection. Additionally, steering wheel switches for the Safety Shield technologies are some of the new innovations available for the Infiniti QX80.
With four exterior colors to choose from Majestic White, Graphite Shadow, Dark Currant and Black Obsidian, along with graphite leather-appointed seating with Stratford Burl trim; the Infiniti QX80 retails for RM799,000, without insurance.