Since 2010, Infiniti has been offering a high-luxury variant of the Nissan Patrol Royale as the QX56. Renamed as the QX80 in 2013, the full-size Infiniti SUV gets a major revamp for the 2018 model year. It boasts a comprehensively redesigned exterior, a more upscale interior and additional tweaks to enhance its refinement.
At the front, it gets a completely different fascia which sees the headlights being moved higher up. As a result, the bumper gets remolded and reshaped to accommodate the new light placement. It gets more defined creases on the corner edges, giving it a bolder look. Also new is the front apron, now boasting a larger central air intake. The nose of the SUV is flatter than its predecessor and it gets a grill that is now in line with the brand’s current design language.
On to its side, the fenders have been remolded, complementing the new front fascia. A minor detail distinguishing the old from the new is a redesigned fender port, incorporating a more angular trapezoidal shape. Wheel size options include 20 and 22-inch rim choices, both of which see all-new designs. As for the rear, changes are mainly relegated to the tail lights and the bumper.
Changes are less apparent on the inside with the cabin designed being carried over. That said, there are new leather stitch patterns on the doors and dashboard. Wood-grain trim options are new, and so are interior color choices. For the rear passengers, they are treated to a larger screen for their entertainment needs. That said, it retains the seven-seat capacity as the previous model.
Carried over is the 5.6-liter V8 from the pre-facelift model and the block itself is the same as the one in the Nissan Patrol Royale. However, the large Infiniti SUV gets a hike in power, producing 400 PS and 560 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 QX80 is available with two-wheel drive or INFINITI All-Mode 4WD, the latter enabling four-wheel traction when conditions require it, and off-road capability when the driver demands it.