Infiniti freshens QX80 for 2018

Infiniti took the wraps off a mildly refreshed 2018 QX80 at the Dubai auto show, giving the flagship SUV a few updates inside and out.

The biggest visual changes are the slightly revised front and rear fascias: The headlights are now narrower and sit higher on the front fenders, the lower front fascia sports slimmer horizontal running lights, and the grille is now wider at the bottom rather than at the top compared to the outgoing model.

In the back, the taillights are different in design if not in overall shape, and they’re now joined by a single horizontal chrome strip that runs along the top of the rear license plate niche.

Overall, it’s an evolutionary change in styling that tweaks the established design of the QX80 in the spirit of the QX80 Monograph concept that debuted at the New York auto show earlier this year, instead of a complete redesign.

The changes are even milder on the inside: The design of the steering wheel and the leather-wrapped gear shifter has been tweaked, and Infiniti has added choices of Wheat or Graphite upholstery.

On the tech front, the refreshed QX80 now features larger rear infotainment screens — a bump from 7.0 to 8.0 inches — as well as HDMI ports in addition to the standard USB ports. Up front, Infiniti has made a few changes to storage space, including a larger smartphone storage area and cupholders for cups with handles. The storage area under the center armrest has also been expanded, now measuring 5.4 liters in volume.

Under the hood, the QX80 still packs a beefy 5.6-liter V-8 engine with 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque on tap, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.


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