What is in this article?:
- Infiniti Refreshes Biggest Models
- QX80 Borrows Design Cues From Q50
The Q70 adds a new long-wheelbase variant with 5.9 ins. more rear legroom, while the QX80 sees changes to its interior wood trims.
’15 Infiniti QX80.
QX80 Borrows Design Cues From Q50
Infiniti also massages its largest model, the QX80 fullsize SUV, for ’15, updating the front fascia to resemble that on the Q50 sport sedan.
A slew of LEDs are added as well for turn signals, fog lights and high/low-beam headlights.
QX80s with the deluxe technology package get chrome-plated outside rear-mirror caps.
In all versions of the SUV, a rear-bumper protector is added as standard to reduce damage when loading and unloading cargo.
Three new exterior colors, a blue, gray and white, are offered for ’15.
In the large luxury SUV segment the wheels keep getting bigger and Infiniti claims to one-up the competition with a new 22-in., 14-spoke, forged aluminum-alloy design. However, the all-new ’15 Cadillac Escalade also offers 22-in. wheels, although topping out at seven spokes.
Standard QX80 wheels are newly designed 20-in. machine-finished aluminum alloys.
Interior updates to the Infiniti SUV include color-and-wood atmospheres with more contrast. Tuscan Burl wood trim is replaced by a darker Mocha Burl with a more reddish grain, while the Mocha Burl of the current generation’s deluxe touring package is changed to a Stratford Burl with a heavier, “fine-furniture-like” appearance, Infiniti says.
Wheat- or graphite-color leather seating still is available, but the latter now gets silver-contrast stitching instead of black stitching.
Technologies added for ’15 include the Q50’s advanced high-beam assist, standard on all grades and automatically dropping the high beams to low beams when a car approaches, as well as predictive forward-collision warning.
Most technical specifications of the QX80 carry over from ’14 to ’15, including its 400-hp 5.6L V-8 and 8,500-lb. (3,856-kg) maximum towing capacity.
Infiniti sold 5,283 copies of the M in the U.S. last year, down 42.1% from 2012, WardsAuto data shows, while combined sales of the ’14 QX80 and ’13 QX56 tallied 13,148 units, down 14.1% from the QX56’s 15,310 in 2012.
Mercedes-Benz had the top-selling mid-large luxury sedan in the U.S. last year with the E-Class, delivering 69,803 units.
Infiniti was the segment leader in large luxury SUVs, topping Cadillac Escalade sales in 2013 (12,592), if QX56 and QX80 deliveries are combined.