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PostHeaderIcon Towing Capacity: 7 SUVs From 2016 that Can Tow the Most

When it comes to choosing an SUV, there are a number of different factors to consider. We often talk about power, performance, fuel economy, and design like they matter the most, and while it can be argued that they do, items like towing capacity, cargo space, and payload capacity are just as important as any of them. from 2016 that offer the best of these worlds. You might be surprised at what we found out.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design

For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design

For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 by Larte Design

For the longest time, the Infiniti QX80 suffered from a design that made it look like it preferred to be sleeping in a hammock than being out and about in the road. The refreshed 2018 model fixed some of those issues with new headlamps and a more upright profile, but there’s still something about the full-sized SUV’s design that lacks the personality that’s evident in the QX60 and QX70. Well, in times like this, the solution may not be found with the automaker itself, but rather, in the aftermarket tuning world. In this case, German tuner Larte Design is on the scene with a super aggressive body kit that not breathes much-needed life into Infiniti’s resident flagship SUV.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80

The Infiniti QX80 is getting a slight refresh for the 2018 model year. This comes after the SUV debuted in 2013 and is welcomed since the SUV segment is so hot these days. The grille, headlights, and hood receive the biggest updates, while new LED taillights, wheel designs, and color options round out the refresh. Even milder changes happen inside, though potential customers wanting the latest and greatest will find the larger rear-seat entertainment screens, revised leather-wrapped steering wheel, and larger storage compartments a welcomed addition.

The QX80 is somewhat of a niche vehicle. Infiniti says it sold 14,085 QX80s in the U.S. within the last calendar year, which is an 8.3-percent increase over the prior year. Compare that to the Chevrolet Tahoe’s 2016 sales of 103,306 in the U.S. Even the Cadillac Escalade outpaced the QX80 in 2016 with 23,604 examples sold in America. Still, Infiniti says its research shows the QX80 averages the youngest buyer in the full-size SUV segment, with a high percentage being females. The brand also labels the QX80 buyer as “affluent, high-achieving entrepreneurs and business leaders, often with families, who demand space and utility, hand-crafted quality and modern design, and effortless on-road performance” – whatever that means. Basically, the QX80 is a three-row, full-size SUV for those who want to stand out. The changes for 2018 won’t magically boost QX80 sales toward the Tahoe, but Infiniti can surely expect to see growth in the segment.

Let’s see exactly what’s changed for 2018.

Exterior

  • Grille more upright
  • Longer and taller hood
  • Revised lower fascia
  • New LED taillights
  • Wider side steps
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“The grille is more upright than before, and the hood is now longer.”

You’ll have to look closely to spot the differences between the 2017 and 2018 QX80s. Nevertheless, the changes do impart a bolder stance that wasn’t present before. The grille is more upright than before, and the hood is now longer. In fact, the grille moves 3.5 inches more forward, and the hood is raised by 0.79 inches. The new LED headlights are moved further up the front fascia. They also have a more aggressive, more modern canter. Infiniti calls them “human-eye” headlights. They’re said to have a triple light guide that passes through multiple lenses to better disperse the light across the road. Down low, the LED fog lights and the surrounding bodywork have been revised for a sharper look. The front fender vents even have a sharpened shape.

Overall, the new front is more aggressive and squarish, which matches the roofline and crisp lines of the D-pillar. The bodywork helps harden the QX80, giving it a more macho stance. That’s something the previous bubbly front design lacked.


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“Three new exterior colors are added.”

Elsewhere on the outside, the QX80 retains most of its previous sheet metal. That’s fine, though, since the 2018 changes are only a mid-cycle refresh. The rounded wheel openings, the blacked-out roof pillars (minus the stylish D-pillar), and the integrated running boards all remain familiar elements. Infiniti did make those running boards 0.79 inches wider for easier footing. The taillights are new, though. As mentioned, they are now LED units and are far less bubbly. The chrome trim above the license plate now extends into the red lenses, while different section within the taillights have different shades of red.
The lower bumper is crisper, as well. New horizontal reflectors help bring definition and better frame the trailer hitch cover.

The 2018 QX80 rides on 20- and 22-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The 20s have a six-spoke design, while the 22s have an 18-spoke design. Both wheels are wrapped in wide, 275-series all-season tires. Three new colors are added to the options list – Moonstone White, Mineral Black, and Champagne Quartz – making nine choices in all with solid, metallic and pearl finishes scattered among the hues.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 121.1
Overall length (Inches) 208.9
Overall width (Inches) 79.9
Overall height w/ roof rack (Inches) 75.8
Front track width (Inches) 67.5
Rear track width (Inches) 67.9
Angle of approach (degrees) 20.9
Angle of departure (degrees) 22.3
Ramp angle (degrees) 20.7

Interior

  • Two available grades of leather
  • Three Interior color options
  • Updated center stack and controls
  • Updated steering wheel
  • New shift lever
  • Larger rear-seat entertainment screens

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“As for the seating, three color choices and two leather grades are now offered.”

Changes to the 2018 QX80’s interior are minimal yet important. A revised steering wheel and gear shifter not only look better but should feel better to the touch. New leather options are added, and the second-row entertainment system moves from 7.0- to 8.0-inch screens and better resolution at 900 x 540 pixels. The hard-key buttons controlling the infotainment system and radio have been reorganized for easier use.

As for the seating, three color choices and two leather grades are now offered. There are the standard leather and the optional semi-aniline leather with color-contrasting piping. Colors for both leather options include Saddle Brown, Wheat, and Graphite. Regardless of color, the leather comes with a handsome and plush quilted pattern that really looks high-class. Real wood trim lines the center console, dash, and other areas of the interior. Best of all, Infiniti now uses a new micro-coating on the leather that is resistant to stains and denim dye transfer.


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“Infiniti now uses a new micro-coating on the leather that is resistant to stains and denim dye transfer.”

The QX80 continues to offer seating for eight people with the second-row bench or seven people with the second-row captain’s chairs. With those captain’s chairs comes a large center console for storage and cup holders. USB and charge ports are placed on the console between the front seats. Second-row passengers can adjust HVAC settings for rear passengers from here, as well. The outboard seats in the second row are heated. The same is true for the front seats, which also have ventilation.

Drivers will appreciate Infiniti finally adding a smart key that automatically adjusts over 200 settings saved to that key fob. For example, dad’s key will have his seat setting, radio presets, and navigation preferences saved, while mom’s key will have all of her stuff. Depending on which key is used depends on what settings are activated upon start-up.


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“With both rear rows folded, the QX80 swallows 95.1 cubic feet of cargo.”

Smaller yet thoughtful updates include a larger cell phone storage bin that accommodates devices up to 2.9 inches wide. The USB port has been moved to a more accessible spot. The front cup holders now hold two 44-ounce cups for us thirsty Americans. The QX80 adopts Nissan’s Smart Rear View Mirror system for improved rearward visibility. Push a button, and the rear view mirror shows a camera view from the tailgate. This is extremely handy when carrying tall passengers or large cargo.

The QX80 remains massively spacious inside. The cargo area has 16.6 cubic feet of room behind the third row and 49.6 cubic feet with the third-row folded flat. With both rear rows folded, the QX80 swallows 95.1 cubic feet of cargo. Front occupants enjoy 39.6 inches of legroom and 39.9 inches of headroom. Second-row passengers get 41 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom. Naturally, the third row is more cramped, yet it still offers 28.8 inches of legroom and 36.8 inches of headroom.

Interior Dimension

Head room with sunroof front/middle/rear (Inches) 39.9/40/36.8
Shoulder room front/middle/rear (Inches) 63.8/63.5/605.
Hip room front/middle/rear (Inches) 59.2/58.4/48.8
Leg room front/middle/rear (Inches) 39.6/41.0/28.8

Drivetrain

  • 5.6-liter V-8
  • 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Available full-time 4WD
  • 14 mpg city / 20 mpg highway / 16 mpg combined on RWD models
  • 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds
  • Top Speed of 130 mph
  • 8,500-pound towing capacity

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“The 5.6-liter V-8 remains and still produces a very respectable 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.”

No changes happen under the 2018 QX80’s hood. The 5.6-liter V-8 remains and still produces a very respectable 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed automatic returns, as does the standard rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive system.

Those getting the 4WD system will enjoy the Auto mode. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it system that only sends power to the front wheels when the rear wheels lose traction. The 4WD system is also a part-time system, allowing the driver to select 4WD High range and 4WD Low range. High range locks in the front axles and splits power delivery evenly between the front and rear. 4WD Low range does the same but uses shorter gearing to multiply torque for better low-end grunt, which is perfect for hill climbs, churning through deep mud or sand, or recovering a stuck vehicle. The 4WD system also boasts a Snow mode.

Though the QX80 does not have locking differentials, it uses its brakes to redirect power to the tires with traction. Infiniti calls it the four-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip system.


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“The four-wheel independent suspension uses new dampers with a 30-percent reduction in damping force for a smoother ride over rough pavement”

The four-wheel independent suspension uses new dampers with a 30-percent reduction in damping force for a smoother ride over rough pavement. Keeping the QX80 from feeling sloppy is the optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, or HBMC. It uses high-pressure hydraulics linked between the shock absorbers to limit the amount of body roll during turns. Coming standard is the automatic rear leveling system, which keeps the tail from sagging when loaded down. This also helps with the QX80’s 8,500-pound tow rating. And if you haven’t guessed by now, the QX80 rides on a ladder frame shared with the Nissan Armada and its global variant, the Patrol.

Fuel economy isn’t the best, though that’s not a surprise to someone dropping big money on a big SUV. It’s also not too far off what other full-size, three-row SUVs achieve during EPA testing. The QX80 in RWD form will get 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. 4WD models get 13mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. And yes, the direct-injected V-8 drinks premium fuel.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine V-8
Displacement 5.6 liters (5,552 cc)
Horsepower 400 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Torque 413 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
Transmission Automatic; 7-speed with manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control, Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)

Pricing


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Infiniti is adding $900 to the QX80’s base price. That means the RWD model now starts at $65,745 and the 4WD model starts at $68,845. Three trim levels are offered: the standard QX80, the Signature Edition, and the Limited. The Limited starts around $90,000 and will come with just about every optional feature as standard equipment.

2018 Infiniti QX80 $64,750
2018 Infiniti QX80 4WD $67,850
Options
Theater Package $2,450
Split Bench Seat Package $250
Deluxe Technology Package $5,700
22″ Tire & Wheel Package $2,800
Driver Assistance Package $2,900
Premium Paint $500

Competition

Cadillac Escalade


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The venerable Cadillac Escalade has been the choice of automotive extravagance since 1999. Over the years, its luxury levels have risen, further separating it from its Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban cousins. The current ‘Slade debuted for 2015 and remains a fresh and solid choice in this category. It can be had in two wheelbase lengths, but both offer three rows with seating for seven.

Power comes from General Motors’ 6.2-liter, LT1-derived V-8. It has direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation and manages an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission does the shifting and the rear wheels receive power. A full-time 4WD system is optional. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined on 2WD models. Getting 4WD only alters the highway economy, dropping it to 20 mph.

Cadillac keeps the Escalade riding smoothly with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. The system’s shock absorbers have magnetic particles suspended in the fluid that vary the ride depending on how much electricity they receive. GM says the shocks can adapt to changing road conditions several hundred times a second. The Escalade still uses a solid rear axle but has an independent front suspension.

Pricing for the 2017 Escalade starts at $72,090 for the short-wheelbase model. Checking all the option boxes puts the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV Platinum at $99,390. Adding other options adds even more to the price.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac Escalade.

Lexus LX570


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Like the Tahoe-based Escalade and Armada-based QX80, the Lexus LX570 is a dolled-up Toyota Land Cruiser. That’s a great thing for those fond of Toyota’s go-anywhere LC and the heritage that comes with it. Unlike Land Cruiser owners who love flying under the radar, the LX570 shouts its prestige from the rooftops. The large Spindle grille and fishhook headlights draw attention while its interior is more techie and plushy than what’s found inside the Yota.

Under the hood is the same thing, however. Toyota’s aging 5.7-liter V-8. Here it makes 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic, and full-time 4WD with low range is standard. The Lexus also boasts advanced electronics that aid in off-road driving. There’s the CRAWL Control and Multi-Terrain Select systems, three drive modes, a locking center differential, and even a turn assist feature that locks the inside rear wheel to shrink the LX’s turn radius while off-road. The adaptive suspension also offers various ride height settings, along with variable stiffness during on-road drives.

Pricing is steep with the LX570. The SUV starts at $89,980. There are no trim levels, so the price all depends on how many options and packages are added. Check all the boxes, and the 2018 LX570 will total $98,610.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus LX570

Conclusion


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The changes Infiniti has given the 2018 QX80 help it look better, ride better, and offer more luxury to its seven or eight passengers. There’s no denying this mid-cycle refresh is a success. We’re always happy to see improvements. There’s also no doubt Infiniti is hoping the updated help QX80 sales, too. There is certainly room to improve on 15,000 examples sold annually. Then again, Infiniti can be thankful the QX80 far outsells the Lexus LX570’s abysmal figures; only 5,707 were sold in 2016 – and that’s an improvement of nearly 2,000 vehicles over 2015. Ouch. Still, it has a ways to go before catching up to the Escalade’s annual sales. Caddy moved 23,604 in the U.S. in 2016 – and that doesn’t even count the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV.

Sales figures aside, the updated 2018 Infiniti QX80 is a solid choice in the exclusive class of luxury body-on-frame three-row SUVs.

  • Leave it
    • Thirsty for premium fuel
    • Expensive with options

References

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Read our full review on the previous 2017 Infiniti QX80.



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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York

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On the eve of the 2017 New York Auto Show we’re being offered a peek into the future of Infiniti SUV design with this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept. The design study previews what the brand’s future full-size luxury SUV will look like, and it is rather good.

So the makers of large, luxury SUVs, especially in America, should start worrying right about now. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph manages to look both luxurious and high-end, and really gangsta at the same time!

Photo Album:

The highlights of Infiniti QX80 Monograph design include a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, all reinforced by the sheer size of the thing which stands two meters tall and five meters long. The headlights are another nice feature that extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The unique‘double-arch’ front grille with its fancy little details, the rear apron with equally fancy tailpipes, brushed aluminium sill step, pop-out door handles, ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, and 24 inch wheels are among the other notable features of the Monograph. Not all of these will make it to the production model, of course.

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“The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

 

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York

INFINITI QX80 Monograph-0

On the eve of the 2017 New York Auto Show we’re being offered a peek into the future of Infiniti SUV design with this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept. The design study previews what the brand’s future full-size luxury SUV will look like, and it is rather good.

So the makers of large, luxury SUVs, especially in America, should start worrying right about now. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph manages to look both luxurious and high-end, and really gangsta at the same time!

Photo Album:

The highlights of Infiniti QX80 Monograph design include a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, all reinforced by the sheer size of the thing which stands two meters tall and five meters long. The headlights are another nice feature that extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The unique‘double-arch’ front grille with its fancy little details, the rear apron with equally fancy tailpipes, brushed aluminium sill step, pop-out door handles, ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, and 24 inch wheels are among the other notable features of the Monograph. Not all of these will make it to the production model, of course.

INFINITI QX80 Monograph-00

“The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

 

The post Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York

INFINITI QX80 Monograph-0

On the eve of the 2017 New York Auto Show we’re being offered a peek into the future of Infiniti SUV design with this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept. The design study previews what the brand’s future full-size luxury SUV will look like, and it is rather good.

So the makers of large, luxury SUVs, especially in America, should start worrying right about now. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph manages to look both luxurious and high-end, and really gangsta at the same time!

Photo Album:

The highlights of Infiniti QX80 Monograph design include a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, all reinforced by the sheer size of the thing which stands two meters tall and five meters long. The headlights are another nice feature that extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The unique‘double-arch’ front grille with its fancy little details, the rear apron with equally fancy tailpipes, brushed aluminium sill step, pop-out door handles, ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, and 24 inch wheels are among the other notable features of the Monograph. Not all of these will make it to the production model, of course.

INFINITI QX80 Monograph-00

“The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

 

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph

The Infiniti QX80 was birthed into the world back in 2004 as the QX56. It went through a generational change in 2010 and in 2014 it went through a mid-cycle overhaul and received the QX80 name to go with Infiniti’s new naming structure. Even with the facelift taking place just a few years ago, the QX80 is rather dated for such an overpopulated segment. We were hoping to see a new model for 2018, but instead, Infiniti has been busy working on the QX80 Monograph – a design study that basically displays how the QX80 could evolve in the future. For now, there’s only one image to go by, and it does have an evolutional look to it, but it’s also just as boxy so it’s not quite as modern as some would expect.

As a design study, it’s quite possible that this is the direction that Infiniti wants to go with the next-gen model. But, the problem is that it’s not really all that different from the current model. Sure, it’s got those fancy and futuristic LED headlights and a new nose that sits a bit taller to go with a new front fascia design, but that’s about it. To be quite honest, I doubt Infiniti is going to get a good reaction from this concept as it’s just too boxy for the segment that it competes in, but then again, the QX80 has been known as the model that outsells the rest of Infiniti’s SUVs, so anything is possible. With that said, let’s dive on in a take a closer look at the QX80 Monograph.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Edition Debut in Chicago

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Following the success of the QX80 Signature Edition Infiniti is bringing back the model for a second year in the market, and not only that, they are also giving the treatment to the Q50. Launched at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the new pair sit at the top of Infiniti’s lineup as most high-end models.

As for what makes the Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Edition worthy of such lofty positions, well it’s all about equipment and unique design features. The highlights of the Q50 3.0t Signature Edition, if we may begin with this, include a power-sliding tinted glass moonroof, INFINITI InTouch Navigation with 3D building graphics, INFINITI InTouch Services including six months of safety, security and convenience services, SiriusXM Traffic, Voice Recognition for navigation functions, Navi Synchronized Adaptive Shift Control, 60/40 split-fold rear seat, and 17-inch bright finish aluminum-alloy wheels with all-seasonl run-flat tires.

Add to that a twin-turbo 300 hp V6 engine and available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and you end up with a car for every occasion that costs $38,700 for the rear-wheel drive model and $40,700 for the AWD.

But if you want the more established QX80 Signature Edition you will get with the 2017 modelyear Saddle Tan interior, chrome outside rearview mirror caps, clear High Mounted Stop Light and dark-finish 22-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/50R22 all-season performance tires, plus tech features such as Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Blind Spot Intervention (BSI), Land Departure Warning (LPW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP).

Powered by a 400 hp 5.0 liter V8, the QX80 also comes with a choice of 2WD or 4WD. Pricing will be announced closer to launch in May.

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The second-generation QX80 came to be in 2010, when it still had its original name, the QX56. The company’s largest crossover yet was renamed in 2013, when it also gained a significant facelift. Seven years old as of 2017, the QX80 is living its final years on the market, but Infiniti is putting a great deal of effort into keeping it relevant against the competition. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the luxury brand launched a new special-edition model, called the Signature Edition.

Essentially a reheated soup – a Signature Edition version was also offered in 2016 – the limited-edition model aims to offer a blend of “popular equipment and unique design features.” While there aren’t many unique design features to talk about, the Signature Edition is indeed equipped with many tech features that are optional on most QX80 trims. The reasons why Infiniti brought it back are very simple. Not only the Signature Edition was a big success in 2016, it also helped the QX80 set an all-time U.S. sales record of more than 16,700 units last year.

“Infiniti’s Signature Editions signify something special for our customers and deliver on our promise to provide an unparalleled level of sophistication with exclusive new content,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “This year, these unique models feature the most sought-after selections to enhance the driver’s experience for our ever-popular Q50 sport sedan and QX80 full-size luxury SUV.

Milking it for all it’s worth is the way to go in today’s industry and I can’t really blame Infiniti for doing this. Let’s see what this “new” Signature Edition is all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Larte Infiniti QX80 Missuro Stars in New Gallery

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A few weeks ago we brought to you a few nice pictures of a Graphite Shadow Larte Infiniti QX80 and you guys like them a lot. Now the car, dubbed Missuro, is back in a new gallery, wearing a fantastic new blue paint job.

The new Larte Infiniti QX80 photoshoot is a joint effort between the thriving Russian tuner and Italian fashion brand Uomo Collezioni. Even the paint work on this car is inspired by the elegant blue of Uomo’s suits. These photos showcase the double personality of the Larte QX80. One minute it’s a badass, mean-looking street cruiser, the next it’s a refined and elegant luxury car fit for the gentlemen of the finest breeding.

For us the best part of Larte Infiniti QX80 Missuro is still that unique front-end design, what with the custom bumper and grille, and those air vents above the headlights. This thins is the only car in the world with eyebrows. We are also digging the color on this car on end, although if we’re honest the blue of that three-piece suit is a bit too brash for our taste.

Larte Design has already established itself as an authority in making interesting styling kits. What they should do is continue with the path they’ve taken, trying to come up with more elegant, more artistic designs, and be careful not to give in to mediocrity.

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PostHeaderIcon Larte Infiniti QX80 in Graphite Shadow

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If you have been looking for the world’s most intimidating car, look no further. We have found it in the Larte Infiniti QX80, a tuned version of the Japanese SUV by the now famous Russian tuner. The thing looks like a monster, but a rather charming one, like those you see in Disney movies.

Larte Design evidently wanted to do something different with the QX80 and ended up with a car that looks like nothing else on the road. So while this car is far from pretty, a lot of people will undoubtedly found its unique looks hugely appealing.

The best part of Larte Infiniti QX80 – or the worst, depending on your point of view – is the front-end design. There is a new front bumper with large air intakes, LED and fog lamps, and it is complemented with a massive front grille flanked by two extra grilles over the headlights. This combination results in a one of a kind look. The Qx80 is one of few cars in the world that needs a front view camera as well as a rear view, because it’s just so damn large.

The highlights of Larte Infiniti QX80 on the sides include the necessary running boards, chrome side grilles, and fender flares. At the back, the car gets a revised bumper with integrated diffuser and new tailpipes. Last but not least, the whole thing is painted in a rather exquisite Graphite Shadow.

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