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Infiniti Updates QX80 for 2017 Model Year, Priced from $63,850

Picture this. You’re in the market for a full-size SUV with a bit of luxury to it and proper towing capacity. The GMC Yukon in Denali form is a good start, but some people would rather something different from the norm. And this is where the QX80, the flagship sport utility vehicle from Infiniti, comes into its own.
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Sure it’s ugly as sin, but you can’t deny the fact that the Infiniti QX80 has a visual presence you can’t forget as easily as a GMC Yukon Denali. I admit I’m not a fan of its styling, but then again, people keep buying QX80s like there’s no tomorrow, so Infiniti is much obliged to cater to their needs. For 2017, however, the brand’s full-size SUV adds a handful of new features.

Available Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection is the highlight, after which Trailer Sway Control comes in a close second. Regarding entertainment, the only addition for the 2017 model year is Wi-Fi capability, a feature even the Chevrolet Spark can be proud of. Bearing in mind that the second-generation QX56/QX80 is a 6-year-old design going on 7, it’s admirable that Infiniti is trying to keep up with what the automotive industry is cooking up these days, especially on the safety front.

Priced from $63,850 sans the $995 destination for the entry-level model, the 2017 Infiniti QX80 comes as standard with goodies that include an automatic self-leveling suspension at the rear. 20-inch wheels, power liftgate, a Class IV tow hitch, and LED headlights with LED fog lamps are on the menu too. For the least expensive four-wheel-drive model, the MSRP is $66,950. At the top of the range, the QX80 Limited Edition 4WD kicks off at $89,450.

Regardless of trim level, all models come with a 5.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 400 horsepower channeled to the driven wheels by a 7-speed auto box. Four-wheel-drive models benefit from a computer-controlled transfer case and three settings: Auto, 4H(igh), and 4L(ow).


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