New QX80 evolves INFINITI’s presence in luxury SUV segment in Oman
The new INFINITI QX80 has been created to meet the needs of today’s luxury car buyers and introduces a more modern interpretation of upscale luxury to the full-size SUV segment.
It will appeal to a buyer that wants for nothing: 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. INFINITI customers enjoy using technology and innovations to make their lives more enjoyable and hassle-free.
The new QX80 provides all this for seven or eight passengers, bringing a confident, modern representation of luxury to the market. Combining supreme space and utility with advanced technologies and high sophistication, the changes to the car’s design – inside and out – more closely align the new model with the most recent new INFINITI cars through the application of signature design cues.
A senior spokesperson at INFINITI Oman said, “A distinctive, powerful luxury SUV, it will enable all passengers to travel everywhere in luxury. The new QX80 will boost INFINITI’s presence in the full-size SUV segment by evoking the spirit of inclusive luxury travel. Customers expect maximum comfort, practicality and style – and the QX80 delivers.”
Powerful proportions and a commanding new exterior design
With its muscular lines and generous proportions, the new QX80 sees INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language applied on a new scale. With a forward-looking new appearance, the new QX80 is the ultimate expression of modern luxury SUV design.
At 5,340 mm (208.9 inches) in length, 1,925 mm (75.8 in) tall with roof rails, and 2,030 mm (79.9 in) wide, the new QX80 has a truly commanding on-road presence. Created by INFINITI’s design studio in Atsugi, Japan, the exterior of the new QX80 incorporates geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance. As the largest vehicle INFINITI makes, the new model expresses solidity and power from all angles yet eschews the more aggressive styling espoused by rival SUVs. Despite its scale, the design communicates a clear sense of elegance and human artistry.
The smooth, rounded curves of the outgoing model have given way to more modern, angular and sculptural forms and a more upright, athletic stance. The impression given is one of greater height and length, despite the car’s footprint and 3,075 mm (121.1 in) wheelbase remaining unchanged from the previous model.
The new QX80 appears longer, with more clearly defined character lines, and the ‘face’ appears more purposeful, with large, functional fender vents maximizing air delivery to the engine. A thin strip of aluminum beneath the grille emphasizes width, while the grille itself sits more upright. The leading edge of the hood extends 90 mm further forward and sits 20 mm higher, creating a more squared-off, vertical front section and a visibly longer, flatter hood when viewed in profile. The lower section of the bumper is raised, elevating the QX80’s visual center of gravity.
The headlamps wrap around the front corners of the hood and into the wings. As they taper, the lamps lead into a strong, straight shoulder line which runs from the grille all the way to the rear. Paired with upright air vents aft of the front wheel arches, and 20 mm-wider aluminum sill step running between the axles, these geometric lines convey a muscular, almost architectural statement in profile.
Like the rest of the car, the rear exhibits simple, clearly defined details designed to raise the visual center of gravity. With sharper, thinner tail-lamps, straight character lines for bodywork and light units, and a raised lower bumper section, the QX80 appears wider, taller and more athletic than its predecessor.
High-quality, handcrafted interior provides a sense of upscale luxury
The cabin of the new QX80 is one of the most luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartment created by INFINITI to date. Finely tailored and crafted by hand, there is an enhanced human artistry throughout the interior.
INFINITI’s designers have created a cabin with a more contemporary execution, both in terms of how it looks and how it feels to the touch. The high-quality tailoring is matched by contrasting colors, new materials for seats and paneling, and more precise attention given to the details.
The cabin is finished in a range of rich, new materials, with seats, door panels and armrests wrapped in perforated and quilted leather. Depending on specification, the backs of each seat are also skinned in quilted leather, harmonizing the effect throughout the cabin, with the upholstery sewn together with contrast double-stitching. INFINITI’s interior designers have turned to the milieu of haute couture for inspiration, using leather piping to create sharper, more angular edges to seats and headrests.
The cabin of the new QX80 can be trimmed in either leather (as standard) or semi-aniline leather with color-contrast piping (optional). For the latest incarnation of INFINITI’s luxury SUV, the new Saddle Brown leather option – rich brown premium semi-aniline leather – is coupled with black contrast stitching and piping. The new model is also offered with Wheat or Graphite upholstery, available in standard leather or premium semi-aniline leather. Wheat semi-aniline leather is finished with dark gray stitching and piping; Graphite models are contrasted with medium gray.
Further enhancing the contemporary finish, a variety of ash wood veneers are available. In addition to the standard Stratford Burl gloss wood trim, models with Graphite leather are offered with a dark brown Espresso Burl. With Wheat or Saddle Brown upholstery, an even darker Charcoal Burl trim is available.
There is a new leather-wrapped gear shift lever with contrast-stitching, and the steering wheel has also been redesigned, again wrapped and trimmed in the same color-contrast leather as the rest of the interior. Higher-density padding makes leather-trimmed surfaces such as the doors and armrest firmer to the touch to provide an even greater sense of robust quality.
Inclusive luxury: new technologies and greater refinement for all
Designers held a central tenet in mind when designing the interior of the new QX80 – promoting a sense of inclusive luxury. There is an informal, approachable atmosphere, in which all passengers are afforded their own sense of space.
A key element in promoting inclusive luxury is cabin refinement, and the QX80 occupants benefit from class-leading cabin noise at a highway cruise. A range of soundproofing materials enhance refinement, isolating the cabin from outside noise. A wider soundproofing area behind the dashboard panel reduces engine noise, and denser floor carpets and additional soundproofing materials around the cargo area help to absorb high-frequency noises and vibrations from the road. The result is a 5% improvement in the cabin’s articulation index score, which is used to measure the audibility of speech between occupants.
The QX80’s rear entertainment system has also been upgraded. Higher-resolution screens provide the interface for connectivity and entertainment devices. The system also now supports 31 languages, up from three in the outgoing QX80.The screens in the backs of the front seats have been updated from 7.0 to 8.0 inches in width, offering a higher 960 x 540-pixel resolution (up from 800 x 480). Furthermore, the 16:9-ratio screens (a similar ratio to high-end smartphones and to those required by portable gaming systems) support super-resolution imaging, and Ultra Resolution Technology. The latter enables the screens to convert content into a sharper high-definition picture.