What Is It?
2015 Infiniti QX80
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Infiniti QX80, the former Infiniti QX large luxury SUV, gets a freshened look, interior upgrades and a new top-of-the-line model, the 2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited. The QX80 Limited adds an upgraded interior featuring special leather with quilted trim and unique "open pore" wood trim.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The three-row 2015 Infiniti QX80 arrives at dealerships in the fall. The 2015 QX80 Limited arrives at dealerships late this year.
How Much Does It Cost?
Official pricing has not been announced, but consumers can expect the 2015 Infiniti QX80 to be in the same ballpark as the 2014 QX80. The 2014 Infiniti QX80 starts at $63,695. Expect to pay several thousand dollars more for the new 2015 QX80 Limited.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• 5.6-liter V8: 400 horsepower, 413 pound-feet of torque
• Seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.
• The QX80 is offered in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive; QX80 Limited comes only in all-wheel drive.
• Official EPA fuel economy numbers have not been released on the 2015 QX80.
How Extensive Is the Redesign?
The 2015 Infiniti QX80 gets a mild face-lift for the new model year that includes new front-end styling, new exterior colors and LED headlights. Two new wheel designs round out the package on the base model. They include standard machine-finished 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 14-spoke, 22-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels. Three new exterior colors on the base 2015 QX80 are Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White.
The 2015 QX80 Limited is available in six exterior colors, three of which — Imperial Black, Mocha Almond and Dakar Bronze — are exclusive to the Limited. The QX80 Limited, which is described as a "mobile man cave," also gets a unique Truffle Brown cabin, headlights with a dark finish and special lighting under the running boards.
Are There Any New High-Tech Safety Features?
Several new technologies have been added for 2015.
They include advanced High Beam Assist and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. The High Beam Assist headlight function, which is standard on all models, uses a forward camera to read oncoming or upcoming traffic and automatically dips the high beams to the low-beam setting. The high-beam setting is restored when the traffic is clear.
The Predictive Forward Collision Warning system alerts the driver of risks that lie behind the driver's field of view. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one.
Standard safety features on all models include antilock brakes, stability control and brake assist.
What Kinds of Amenities Are Standard?
The 2015 Infiniti QX80 features standard leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The standard Bose audio system has 13 speakers.
The 2015 QX80 Limited is more over-the-top, with such touches as leather-wrapped speaker grilles on the instrument panel and special wood trim. Everything is standard on the QX80 Limited; there are no options.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Cadillac Escalade: The 2015 Escalade gets a subtle new look and a much-improved cabin. If you're keeping score, the Escalade delivers about 20 more hp than the QX80. But both are excellent choices for big families that want the best of everything.
Lexus LX 570: Like the QX80, the LX 570 can seat up to eight passengers. It has excellent manners and loads of luxury features. It is the main Japanese rival to the Infiniti and has a loyal following.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: Roomy, powerful and solidly built, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is one of the best three-row SUVs money can buy.
Should You Wait for It?
The Infiniti QX80 has always been a solid pick for shoppers who want a large, luxury SUV. Infiniti says the QX80 has the youngest buyers in the luxury full-size SUV segment and the highest household income of all Infiniti buyers. Those buyers told the company they wanted something even more exclusive, and the result is the 2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited. If you're one of those hotshots with deep pockets, you'll probably want to wait and take a look at all the goodies on the new model. They're designed just for you.