Ahead of its official debut at the Dubai motor show this week, Infiniti has revealed its second refresh for its flagship QX80 four-wheel drive.
The tidy up follows Nissan’s recent 2018 Y62 Patrol update which the QX80 is based on.
The upcoming model sees a departure of the previous droopy nose with new LED headlights, restyled fog lamps, flatter bonnet and revised front bumper around the big four-wheel drive’s trademark grille.
Much of the styling appears to be lifted from the Inifinit QX80 Monograph concept design study shown by the Japanese brand at this year’s New York motor show.
Along with a fresh face, are new alloy wheels, side vents and restyled rear-end that broadens the tailgate's chrome strip and retains the roof's spoiler lip.
Inside, the eight-seater doesn’t change as much but it does receive new wood trims, diamond-stitched leather seats, extra storage and the infotainment screen grows one inch larger.
The facelifted QX80 is expected to keep its 298kW and 560Nm powered 5.6-litre V8 engine which shuffles the plus-size bus from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds. Quieter tyres and added sound insulation are expected to reduce road noise for better refinement.
Infiniti global division vice president Christian Meunier says the model has been redesigned to improve its appeal and provide luxury off-road motoring.
“The new Infiniti QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury,” he said.
“The new model will further enhance our profile in an area of the market that prizes modern exterior design, high-tech cabins engineered for relaxation, and effortless, empowering performance. The fact that we held the global reveal in Dubai reinforces the strategic importance of the Middle East for Infiniti.”
Infiniti Australia is yet to make an announcement regarding local details and availability.
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