2016 INFINITI QX80 Introduction

INFINITI QX80 is a luxurious, full-size SUV with three-row seating for seven or eight occupants. Built with traditional body-on-frame construction and last redesigned for 2011, it packs a lot of luxury into an upscale cabin, competing near the upper end of the market.

For the 2016 model year, INFINITI has added a limited run of 1,000 Signature Edition models with a Saddle Tan high-contrast interior, split-bench rear seat, bodyside moldings, rear entertainment system, and the full complement of safety features.

Previously known as the QX56, the INFINITI QX80 features big-V8 power and moderate off-road capability, helped by its high ground clearance and truck-based structure.

Each QX80 holds a 5.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, driving a 7-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive optional. A QX80 can tow up to 8,500 pounds. Performance is adequate for a three-row SUV of this size and weight.

Available full-time four-wheel drive has a truly low drive ratio. Torque is biased to the rear, but can be split 50/50 when tires begin to slip. Hill-start assist is standard, and the rear end contains an automatic-leveling setup that helps with hauling.

Interior space is abundant, with a high seating position. The QX80 is equipped with plush, exclusive trim and amenities.

Distinctive materials are the main attraction inside, especially for the top Limited model and the short-run Signature Edition (which is an option group).

Available active-safety features include a collision warning system and adaptive headlights. Lane-departure prevention can gently nudge the QX80 back into its lane. Other tech features include backup collision warning, brake assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems.

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