Full-sized SUV gets a shot of luxury and style

The Infiniti QX80 arrived in special-edition form at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Called the QX80 Limited, the full-sized SUV receives a good dose of exclusive features, including upgrades to its exterior and interior. It’ll be joined in New York by a similar special edition version of the smaller QX60. Both limited edition models should get plenty of attention in the Big Apple as Infiniti tries to inject more personality into an SUV lineup that needs to make up some ground against the competition.

What makes the Infiniti QX80 LIMITED special

2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited Exterior
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The limited edition SUV comes with an Anthracite Gray paint finish, which is exclusive to this specific model

It’s still not the best-looking full-sized SUV in the market, but I’m willing to bet that Infiniti’s going to take its victories wherever and whenever it can get them. The Infiniti QX80 Limited is a good addition to an SUV lineup that has struggled to gain serious footing in the U.S. market. It doesn’t have that many upgrades, but it has enough to stand out. That’s where the “small victories” come in.

Take, for instance, its exterior color. The limited edition SUV comes with an Anthracite Gray paint finish, which is exclusive to this specific model. There’s also enough satin chrome trim to help give it that added luster. That can be found on the roof rails and the lower portions of the bumpers. Stainless steel running boards are also part of the special edition menu, and what good would an edition like this be without a massive set of 22-inch forged alloy wheels thrown in for good measure. That’s the extent of the upgrades you’ll see on the body of the QX80 Limited Edition. It’s lacking in quantity, but you can’t deny the quality of what you’re getting, especially that exclusive paint finish that no other version of the QX80 is getting.

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Move to the interior, and the luxury upgrades continue in the form of a two-tone surface treatment, featuring semi-aniline leather and Alcantara

Move to the interior, and the luxury upgrades continue in the form of a two-tone surface treatment, featuring semi-aniline leather and Alcantara. The cabin is also decorated with open-pore ash wood trim, giving it a nice premium feel to it. The satin chrome trim is also present in the interior, specifically on the door handles. That’s slick design continuity. Completing the interior upgrades is a black Ultrasuede headliner.

Unfortunately, the upgrades don’t extend to the QX80’s massive 5.6-liter V-8 engine. Unless you’re the type who wants to squeeze out as much power out of that engine as possible, the lack of an upgrade shouldn’t be a big deal considering that the V-8 already produces a stout 400 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Standard QX80 models get rear-wheel drive from the factory, but since the QX80 Limited is special, Infiniti is also giving the model its All-Mode 4WD system as standard equipment. That means that all that power is sent to the four wheels courtesy of a seven-speed automatic transmission.

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Infiniti hasn’t said how many models it plans to release or how much one costs, but expect more information to come closer to its launch

Overall, the Infiniti QX80 Limited is a solid addition to the automaker’s full-sized SUV lineup. It has the looks and abilities to justify its status as a special edition model. The newest member of the QX80 lineup is expected to arrive at dealerships in the summertime. Infiniti hasn’t said how many models it plans to release or how much one costs, but expect more information to come closer to its launch.

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400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque

Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti QX80.

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Press release

The INFINITI QX80 introduces a modern interpretation of upscale luxury, pairing a high quality, hand-crafted interior with refined driving dynamics. The 2019 INFINITI QX80 LIMITED — one of three 2019 QX80 models, along with the QX80 LUXE and QX80 LUXE 4WD — adds a range of exclusive new treatments for an even more powerful presence.

The 2019 QX80 LIMITED exterior features include specially designed dark machine-finished 22-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels; stainless steel running boards with rubber grips; branded welcome lighting; satin chrome exterior trim, roof rails and crossbars; unique front and rear bumper lower treatment; and "LIMITED" rear hatch emblem. The QX80 is available in five exterior colors, including a new LIMITED-exclusive Anthracite Gray.

Inside, the QX80 LIMITED’s resemblance to a modern luxury space is purely intentional. Available with seven-passenger seating (front and second row captain’s chairs, third-row bench), the new QX80 LIMITED is equipped with uniquely designed two-tone semi-aniline leather/Alcantara-appointed seats (with quilting, contrast piping and stitching); a smooth leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; matte silver open-pore Ash wood trim; and black Ultrasuede headliner and pillars. Additionally, the QX80 LIMITED has genuine leather-wrapped grab handles; satin chrome interior door handle trim; premium floor mats and cargo mat with metal logo; INFINITI Radiant Illuminated Kick Plates; and "LIMITED" metal lettering inlay in the center console shifter finisher.

The 2019 QX80 LIMITED is powered by a standard 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine, with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Aided by INFINITI All-mode 4WD and Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, the QX80 gives the driver an assured feeling of control and confidence.

All INFINITI QX80 models offer a range of available technologies to inform the driver of their surroundings, help them avoid potential hazards and ease the monotony of driving in certain conditions. Standard on the 2019 QX80 LIMITED, these driver-assistance features include Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, and Backup Collision Intervention.

Also standard on the new QX80 LIMITED is the Smart Rear View Mirror that allows the driver to use the rear-view mirror as a conventional mirror or turn it into a monitor at the flip of a switch, helping the driver to see behind the car even when the rear window is blocked by passengers or cargo.

Designed with inclusive luxury in mind, all INFINITI QX80 models come equipped with standard interior features such as noise isolation for a quiet ride, multiple USB ports for charging devices, and the option to listen to audio wirelessly. Available on the QX80, the Theater Package features headrest screens that allow rear passengers to choose what they play or watch individually.

The 2019 QX60 LIMITED and 2019 QX80 LIMITED will debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, which runs March 30 through April 8 at the Javits Center.

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