Infiniti QX80

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Infiniti QX80
2011 Infiniti QX56 -- 04-08-2011.jpg
2011 Infiniti QX56
Overview
ManufacturerInfiniti (Nissan)
Also calledInfiniti QX56 (2004–2013)
Production2004–present
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
Chronology
PredecessorInfiniti QX4

The Infiniti QX80 (formerly called the Infiniti QX56 until 2013) is a full-size luxury SUV built by Nissan's luxury division Infiniti. The QX80 shares a platform with the Y62 series Nissan Patrol, a full-size SUV also known as the Armada in North America.

First generation (JA60; 2004)[edit]

First generation (JA60)
2010 Infiniti QX56 -- 06-16-2010.jpg
Overview
Also calledNissan Armada
Production20 January 2004[1]–March 2010
AssemblyCanton, Mississippi, United States
DesignerMasato Takahashi (2001)
Body and chassis
PlatformNissan F-Alpha platform
RelatedNissan Titan TA60
Nissan Armada WA60
Nissan Frontier D40
Nissan Xterra N50
Nissan Pathfinder R51
Powertrain
Engine5.6 L V8 VK56DE
Transmission5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,129 mm (123.2 in)
Length5,255 mm (206.9 in)
Width2008–2010: 2,019 mm (79.5 in)
2004–2007: 2,002 mm (78.8 in)
Height2005–2010 2WD: 1,956 mm (77.0 in)
2004 & 2008–2010 4WD: 1,999 mm (78.7 in)
2005–2007 4WD: 1,976 mm (77.8 in)
Curb weight2,539 kg (5,597 lb)
Rear view

The Infiniti QX56 (JA60) was a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) sold under the Nissan-owned Infiniti luxury brand. It was based on the Nissan Armada full-size SUV, and shared the F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Titan pickup truck. The QX56 was unique to the United States, Canada, Russia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. It was also the first Infiniti built in the United States. Development on the Infiniti JA60 began in early 2000 alongside the Nissan WA60. A final design by Masato Takahashi was reached in early 2001, with an August 2001 design freeze for early 2004 start of production.[2]

The rear door handles were installed on the "C" pillar as a Nissan design tradition started with the 1986 Nissan Pathfinder. When the four-door Nissan Pathfinder was introduced, Nissan chose to conceal the door handles as a part of the "C" pillar trim to visually make it appear like a two-door truck with a camper shell, with conventional door handles on the front doors.

The JA60 was propelled by a 5.6 L VK56DE V8 engine (320 hp (239 kW) at 4,900 rpm and 393 lb⋅ft (533 N⋅m) torque at 3,600 rpm) and a 5-speed automatic transmission with an overdrive. As is common with aluminum blocks, each cylinder in the engine was lined with cast iron. The valvetrain was a DOHC design with four valves per cylinder. Infiniti designed the QX56's throttle responsiveness to correspond to specific drivetrain modes: when the driver selects all-wheel drive, the throttle becomes less sensitive, presumably to allow easier regulation of acceleration when off-road.

The Infiniti QX56 had around 9,000 lb (4082 kg) of towing capacity. Mileage at peak performance drain is 12 miles per US gallon (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg‑imp). It comes in one trim level, with only key options such as: DVD entertainment system, 4WD/2WD, and a bench instead of captain chairs as the second row. Other features which came standard were a ten-speaker Bose system, DVD-based navigation system, leather trim for all seats, dual-climate control, 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, and an adaptive cruise control system. A Precrash system was a unique feature in the market as well.

Since the demise of the Q45 (which was priced above the QX56) after 2006, the QX56 was the most expensive Infiniti sold in North America, and was Infiniti's only full-size vehicle. In early 2007 for the 2008 model year, the Infiniti QX56 received a minor facelift which included a revised grille, a redesigned interior and new intelligent key system, more standard equipment and standard 20-inch chrome wheels. Introduced at the 2007 NAIAS in January 2007, the facelifted model went on sale in April 2007.

In 2008 the QX56 received updates to the braking system. For 2009 the QX56 received auto locking doors and deep garnet metallic was added as a new color. For 2010 the MSRP was increased by $1000, 4WD versions now cost $60,000 and some colors were deleted.

After the 2010 model year the QX56 and Armada would no longer share the same platform, as the F-Alpha-based Armada continued to be produced in the United States for the 2011 model year, while next generation QX56 switched to the platform used by the Nissan Patrol.

Second generation (Z62; 2010)[edit]

Second generation (Z62)
2011 Infiniti QX56 -- 04-08-2011.jpg
2011 Infiniti QX56
Overview
Also calledNissan Patrol
Nissan Armada
ProductionApril 2010–present
AssemblyYukuhashi, Japan
(Nissan Shatai Kyushu Plant)
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SKD, 2012-2014)[3]
DesignerShinya Momokawa, Akihiro Sugita (2007)[4]
Naoyuki Ohkoshi (Refresh: 2012)
Alfonso Albaisa (Facelift: 2015)
Body and chassis
PlatformY62/Nissan F-Alpha platform
RelatedNissan Titan (second generation)
Powertrain
Engine5.6L V8 32-valve VVEL(VK56VD)
Transmission7-speed RE7R01B automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,075 mm (121.1 in)
Length5,290 mm (208.3 in)
Width2,047 mm (80.6 in)
Height1,940 mm (76.4 in)
Curb weight2,785 kg (6,140 lb)

Development[edit]

Z62 development began in 2006 following the concurrent Y62 program (since 2003), after Nissan management voted to move QX56 production back to Japan and separate from the Nissan Armada, after the JA60's production run concluded. By 2007, a styling proposal by Shinya Momokawa and Akihiro Sugita was approved by the board and frozen for production. In September 2009, spy photography of a 2011 QX56 (Z62) prototype, at a Las Vegas Infiniti national dealer conference, were published online.

2011–2013 (QX56)[edit]

2012 Infiniti QX56 (US)

On 31 March 2010, Infiniti debuted the 2011 QX56 at the New York International Auto Show. No longer sharing a platform with the F-Alpha-based Nissan Armada, the QX56 was now a luxury version of the Nissan Patrol, which also marked the first time that a Patrol-based vehicle had been sold in North America since 1969. The QX56 features a new 5.6L VK56VD V8 engine with direct injection and VVEL variable valve timing, also found in the Nissan Patrol, which is rated at 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb·ft (560 N·m) of torque. The more powerful engine helps give the QX an increased towing capacity of up to 8,500 lb (3,856 kg). The engine is tied to a seven-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission with an all-new 4WD system.

Compared to its predecessor, the new QX is 1.4 inches longer, 1.1 inches wider. Most of the frame's body mass is made from high-tensile steel, but the QX manages to be more rugged with its body-on-frame concept and it shares the same platform as the Nissan Patrol. Both the front and rear feature independent suspension double wishbone suspensions combined with the new Hydraulic Body Motion Control System. The QX comes standard with 20-inch wheels with 22-inch wheels available. 4WD versions have a four-setting terrain control which include rock, snow, sand and dirt modes. This generation abandoned the disguised rear door handles that were installed in the "C" pillar, a tradition started with the 1985 Nissan Pathfinder five-door, as the first generation QX was based on the second generation Pathfinder. This generation's appearance is more in line with other large luxury SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Lexus LX, Land Rover Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator.

The QX's interior design includes a number of the standard and optional luxury features in the 2010 Infiniti M, such as semi-aniline leather seats, tri-zone climate control, a Bose 2-channel, 13-speaker Premium Audio surround sound stereo system with hard drive memory storage, hard-drive based navigation system, XM satellite radio with NavTraffic is standard, a power liftgate/tailgate, and Infiniti Intuitive Park Assist, a parking assist feature which uses the around view monitor. Other features include climate-controlled front and rear seats, streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology, a center console, power sliding rear seats, power third row seats, and a 7-inch DVD rear-seat entertainment system. Curtain Vent, new for this generation, directs air flow from the air conditioning system from above each side window down towards the floor. A new Around View Monitor system uses a camera mounted on the grill, giving a 180-degree view in front, and another camera mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle's side mirror helps eliminate blind spots on the side at low speeds, such as when in parking lots or on off-road adventures.

The QX also features the updated Infiniti hard drive based navigation system with an eight-inch VGA display. Infiniti keyless SmartAccess with an "Intelligent Remote" key is standard along with 8 airbags including knee airbags for driver and front passenger as well as second-row side torso airbags, the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) is standard, while the Pre-Collision System (PCS),Vehicle Dynamic Control (Electronic stability control) systems and lane departure warning system are available options.

First facelift (2014)[edit]

2016–2017 Infiniti QX80

In 2013 for the 2014 model year, Infiniti renamed their entire product line, so the QX56 was rebadged as the QX80 in April 2014. Coinciding with the renaming, the QX80 arrived at the New York International Auto Show with a mid-generational refresh, receiving new headlights and taillights with new front and rear fascias, restyled bi-xenon HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front LED turn signals (located on front bumper with new LED fog lights), new wheel designs (including a new 22-inch forged-aluminum version), three new exterior colors, and a number of interior refinements for the 2015 model year. The new flagship trim level for 2015 is the QX80 Limited which features all the QX80 packages and optional equipment that is available on other QX80 trim levels, while its standard on the new QX80 Limited trim level, standard Intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD), and restyled LED clear lens taillights instead of the LED red lens taillights, however the QX80 Limited trim level is not available with the second row bench seating which increases the passenger capability from 7 seats to 8 seats. It will still be offered with the same 5.6-liter VK56VD V8 engine. Naoyuki Ohkoshi was responsible for exterior design work on the facelift QX80 in 2012.

As of 2017, the Infiniti QX80 is available in the United States (including all US territories), Canada, Mexico, China (including Macau and Hong Kong, excluding Taiwan), the GCC markets, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Guam, Panama, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. An RHD version became in some markets as part of the facelift in late 2014.

In late 2016, the 2017 Nissan Armada was released and it switched from the F-Alpha to the Nissan Patrol platform, so the Armada is once again a mechanical twin of the QX80 (formerly QX56) since the 2010 model years. It has been noted that the top trims of the Armada and QX80 have nearly identical interiors despite the MSRP differential; $61,435 for Armada Platinum versus $89,845 for a fully equipped QX80.[5][6][7]

Second facelift (2018)[edit]

2018 Infiniti QX80
2018 Infiniti QX80

The QX80 Monograph Concept was a design study that previewed a significant second facelift to QX80 for the 2018 model year, launched in December 2017. It retained its 5.6 liter V8 engine and basic architecture. The QX80 Monograph was unveiled at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.[8] The revised QX80 debuted at the Dubai International Motor Show, on 14 November 2017. The facelift has redesigned grille, hood, new LED headlamps, and full LED taillamps with bumper-installed rear turn signal lights.

Sales[edit]

In 2011 sales have been successful, with the new QX80 outselling Infiniti's other SUVs, the crossovers QX50 and QX70, as well as its Japanese full-size body-on-frame rival Lexus LX.[9]

Calendar year U.S.[10]
2004 13,136
2005 14,711
2006 11,694
2007 12,288
2008 7,657
2009 6,440
2010 11,918
2011 13,428
2012 15,310
2013 13,148
2014 12,935
2015 15,646
2016 16,772
2017 17,881
2018 19,207
2019 19,113
2020 16,125

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "2017 Nissan Armada Review". Edmunds.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2019.
  7. ^ Geiger, Jennifer; Mays, Kelsey (4 April 2018). "2018 Infiniti QX80 Vs. 2018 Nissan Armada: Is the Luxury Badge Worth It?". Cars.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2019.
  8. ^ Kierstein, Alex (7 April 2017). "The Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept is fully revealed ahead of New York". Autoblog. Verizon Media. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020.
  9. ^ Nordlicht, Donny (7 April 2011). "Comparison: 2011 Infiniti QX56 vs. 2011 Lexus LX570". Automobile Magazine. Interlink Media. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012.
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