As the saying goes, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Infiniti took that to heart when developing the second-generation QX full-size SUV. The first generation was based on the Nissan Armada, and aside from a large chrome grille and a few detail changes inside and out, offered little to meaningfully distinguish it from its more mainstream cousin. For its second-generation attempt, Infiniti instead utilized the next generation of its global Patrol full-size platform, and with this change, got a considerably more refined, sophisticated and stylish addition to its U.S. lineup. With the 2015 Infiniti QX80, the already excellent and critically-acclaimed second-generation QX receives further refinement and styling updates. The 5.6-liter direct-injected V-8 producing 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and the seven-speed automatic transmission carry over from the 2014 model.
Much like as Lexus has been applying its more aggressive style to its mainstream models with its hourglass-shaped grille, Infiniti is likewise applying some of the styling changes spearheaded with the Q50 sedan to the rest of the lineup, with the QX80 receiving a front grille and headlight treatment to bring it more in line with the rest of the lineup. In addition to the stylistic changes, the QX80 goes from HID front lighting to full LED front lighting for both the low and high beams, as well as foglights.
Standard for the 2015 model year are advanced high beam assist and predictive forward collision warning. The high beam assist function automatically lowers the high beam lights when it senses oncoming traffic, and raises them again once traffic has passed. The predictive forward collision warning system senses the relative velocity and distance of not only the vehicle directly in front, but the vehicle ahead of that, warning the driver of potential hazards ahead.
Three new exterior color choices are available on the 2015 QX80, including Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White. Wheat or Graphite are the two available interior colors.
For 2015, a new Limited model is added to the QX80 lineup, which can be distinguished by dark finish headlights, tinted rear lamps, and special lighting on the running boards. The Limited also gets three exclusive available colors: Imperial Black, Mocha Almond and Dakar Bronze. The interior of the Limited gets a unique Truffle Brown interior color and a palette of brown, black, and silver leather and wood trims.
The Limited also receives exclusive Ash wood trim with open pores and a matte finish to accentuate its authenticity. The Limited also gets an exclusive ultrasuede headliner, which also covers the A, B and C-pillars. The QX80 Limited comes exclusively with all-wheel-drive and 22-inch wheels. Fully-equipped, the Limited has no available options, other than the buyer's choice of color. The 2015 Infiniti QX80 and QX80 Limited will be in dealerships in late calendar 2014.