2018 Infiniti QX80 revealed ahead of Dubai Motor Show

2018 Infiniti QX80 front three quarter view

Infiniti has released photos of its updated QX80 full size SUV ahead of the vehicle’s full reveal at the Dubai Motor Show on November 14.

While it’s not a total makeover and details are scarce, we can see from the photos that the updates haven’t been exactly comprehensive, being mostly limited to the interior and front end.

2018 Infiniti QX80 cabin

The cabin now has different trim materials and finishing options, evidenced by the dashboard fascia and quilted leather, putting the QX80 a bit more upmarket. The presentation looks very familiar, but it distances itself from the Nissan Armada even further by its quality.

There may be some mild software tweaks to the infotainment system, too, but overall it’s a very similar theme.

2018 Infiniti QX80 left hand drive

Under the bonnet resides the same 5.6-liter V8 found in the QX80’s cheaper twin, the Nissan Patrol (Armada) – check out our Patrol review here – and the QX80 gets the same seven-speed auto.

We’re still waiting to hear confirmation of the brand’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 finding its way into the SUV, and hopefully, in the next few days, we’ll get that info. That would mean two possible trim levels and given the market’s quest for lower emissions and more power, it makes sense that a turbocharged V6 would slot in under the hood. After all, you just have to look at what Lincoln has done with the Navigator, which has gone from a V8 to a turbo-V6.

2018 Infiniti QX80 rear three quarter view

There should be some upgraded safety kit as well, with the world moving to more and more included active safety equipment. If that’s the case, the QX80’s fairly average safety rating should be improved by a few points. Whether that’s enough to give it a five-star safety rating is something we’ll have to wait to see.

But what we do know from the existing QX80 is that this upgraded Infiniti is still a massive machine. The space, particularly in the second row, is expansive, and the trunk space is enormous.

More details to come, soon.

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