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2015-04-15 11:19

PREMIUM SUV IN SA: Infiniti debuts its most luxurious SUV yet in South Africa - the QX80. Image: Motorpress

OUBAAI, George, Western Cape - Infiniti's QX80 has arrived in South Africa and is set to provide buyers with a new alternative in the large, luxury SUV segment.

The automaker said: "This full-size luxury SUV with a distinctive exterior design, luxuriously crafted interior trim, and high levels of standard safety and technology."

The QX80, infiniti says, is its most premium SUV yet and is priced at R1.2-million.


It's powered by a 5.6 litre V8 petrol capable of 298kW/560Nm mated to a seven-speed auto with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode. Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) is standard. Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 14.8 litres/100km.

IMAGE GALLLERY: 2015 Infiniti QX80

Suspension is provided by a double-wishbone design front and rear, with dual-flow tube shock-absorbers and an auto rear leveling system for towing or carrying cargo. It works by automatically adjusting the air pressure in the system's air bladders. The QX80 has a towing capacity of 3500kg.

It's equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS),  electronic brake force distribution (EBD) with brake assist, vehicle dynamic control and two- or all-wheel active brake limited-slip (ABLS).

Engine and transmission:

  • 5.6 litre 32-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V8 with VVEL and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG)
  • 298kW/560Nm
  • seven-speed auto with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)

Suspension, Steering, Braking and Wheels:

  • Independent double wishbone front and rear suspension with Dual Flow Path twin tube shock absorbers, stabiliser bars and automatic rear self-leveling system (air)
  • Hydraulic body motion control system
  • Engine speed-sensitive power steering
  • Four-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist
  • 22 x 8-inch 14-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 275/50R22 all-season performance tires.

Safety and Security:

  • Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
  • Driver and front-passenger front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted side-impact supplemental curtain air bags with rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection for all three rows
  • Zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Vehicle dynamic control with traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with individual tyre pressure display and tyre inflation Indicator
  • Blind spot warning
  • Lane departure warning with lane departure prevention
  • Intelligent brake assist with forward collision Warning
  • Predictive forward collision warning.


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