Limited edition luxury SUVs are all the rage and Infiniti seems to know that.
In keeping with what other high-end brands are up to, it announced today that a higher-trim QX80 “Limited” will be on sale for the 2015 model year. Production plans are finite, although Infiniti didn’t actually specify how many units would make up the limited run. Special enhancements reserved for the higher-end model include darker exterior trim pieces including standard 22-inch wheels and ash wood inserts with the “open pore” look that several other luxury brands are offering. The cabin is upholstered in a higher-grade leather. Infiniti America president Michael Bartsch even went so far as to call it a “mobile man cave,” saying the cabin is designed to look masculine.
Of course, the Limited package also brings all of the options offered on normal QX80 models including a mobile entertainment system to keep rear seat passengers from catapulting Cheerios at each other. The driver’s seat features 10-way power adjustability or eight-way adjustability for the front passenger.
The powertrain remains the same with a 5.6-liter V8 pushing 400 hp and 413 lb-ft f torque through a seven-speed automatic with automatic downshift rev matching and Infiniti’s all-mode all-wheel drive system.
If you don’t want to spring for the Limited package that Infiniti hasn’t announced pricing for, there’s always the normal QX80. For 2015, all versions are being refreshed with the same corporate face first seen on the Q50 sedan. As is typically standard procedure during a mid-cycle update, there are more colors and wheel options on tap starting with the 2015 model year.
The cabin also gains new materials. For example, the “Deluxe Technology Package” includes high-grade semi-aniline leather. Infiniti also revised how the door trim looks. Aside from nicer leather, you’re more likely to notice the new safety technologies packaged for the 2015. Just like the Q50, the QX80 is available with the company’s “Predictive Front Collision Warning System” that is supposed to see ahead of the next car to detect a crash earlier. The truck also adds “three-blink, one touch” turn signals and automatically dipping high beams that use a camera to sense oncoming cars.
Infiniti dealers in North America are expected to start receiving the new models this fall. Pricing wasn’t announced today, but don’t be surprised if the current $63,695 base price climbs along with the rest of the range.
GALLERY: 2015 Infiniti QX80 Live Photos
GALLERY: 2015 Infiniti QX80
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