Infiniti produces some really great and engaging vehicles. I have been testing every single model even before C! was created in 2001 and have been advocating its official entry into our market for just as long. I can’t wait to test the near future electrified Infiniti models that will be using the Qs Inspiration Concept design language as they electrify its entire lineup from 2021 onward.
Until then we reviewed its current gargantuan SUV flagship, the QX80 which is essentially our Nissan Patrol Royale with a touch more flair and a bit more kit like the adaptive cruise control and stronger audio system. Our Hermosa Blue 7-seater Limited test unit came with the graphite interior trim highlighted with the matte silver open pore genuine ash wood trim, black Ultrasuede headliner, and the quilted semi-aniline leather seats that retains the hide’s natural surface combined with Alcantara accents. The middle row uses captain chairs without ottomans instead of a bench so for maximum occupant comfort this particular QX80 is essentially a 6-adult seater.
Both captain chairs have ISOFIX mounts so my youngest son, who is 5 years old, was able to independently enjoy watching videos on the dual 8-inch screen 2nd-row theater system from his mounted child seat while using the wireless headphones so I could enjoy listening to my music on the fantastic 15-speaker Bose® 5.1 cabin surround infotainment system (just two more speakers than our Nissan Patrol) that also had navigation (which our market currently does not have at the moment) as part of the Infiniti InTouch™ suite.
The Infiniti QX80 is mechanically and dynamically identical to our local market Nissan Patrol Royale. It has the same brilliant 5.6-liter direct injection 400 bhp V8 engine, 4WD drivetrain, 13.8-in vented disc brakes on all corners, adaptive suspension with hydraulic body motion control, and 7-speed automatic transmission. Aside from the obvious distinguishing design differences between the two models, like the signature full-LED lighting, extra satin chrome exterior trim, unique bumper finishers, and front grille, the only other updated feature are the unique 22-inch forged alloys wrapped with 275/50R22 111H Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684 II tires. The bigger wheels look great but honestly, I prefer the ride, compliance, and handling of the 20-inch setup. Ironically, it is the North American version of the Nissan Patrol Royale, called the Armada, that is compromised with significantly less equipment and even down on power by 10 bhp and 19 lb-ft of torque.
The Infiniti QX80 has a lot of direct competition in North America, especially at its lofty price point, which is a stark contrast from our Nissan Patrol Royale that actually has the very best pricing and packaging in our market. So even if the QX80 is an outstanding full-size luxury SUV that handles and performs remarkably well, it is only marginally better than what we have.
|Engine||V8, 5552 cc, dohc 32V, CVTCS, Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL), Direct Injection, 7-Speed AT|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||400 bhp @ 5800 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm|
|Top Speed||225 km/h (140 mph) Governed|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||6.1 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||13 mpg City / 19 mpg Highway|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||US$ 91,450.00|
|What's Great||The new prince of the full-scale dynamic executive SUV's thanks to better packaging and dynamic performance, 705-kilometer potential fuel range.|
|What's Not So||Still thirsty, Infiniti not officially sold in our country, Nissan Patrol Royale matches it dynamically with 95% of the desired packaging.|
|C! Editors Rating||9.5/10|