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Infiniti's largest SUV gets a face-lift, new tech for 2015 (pictures)

We hit the road in the 2015 Infiniti QX80, the automaker's largest vehicle and a strong competitor in the giant luxury SUV class.

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2015 Infiniti QX80

We hit the road in the 2015 QX80 SUV, Infiniti's largest vehicle.

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Revised fascia

For 2015, the SUV gets updated with a new front fascia that brings its design in line with the automaker's current aesthetic.

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Tweaks and tucks

The lower grille opening gains more definite edges and the fog light enclosures have been sharpened, now featuring more chrome brightwork.

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Head lamps

The HID head lamps have been revised with LED eyebrows and DRLs. Automatic high beams and steerable projectors join the 2015 feature set.

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V-8 engine

Under the hood, the 5.6-liter V-8 survives unchanged. Output is stated at 400 horsepower.

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Seven-speed transmission

A seven-speed transmission is the only gearbox available for the QX80.

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Drive modes

The QX80 lacks specific off-road traction modes, but it does offer snow and towing settings.

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Drive train

The SUV is available in either rear- or all-wheel drive configurations.

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Vents

Rounded vents add character to the front fenders.

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Wheel and tires

Optional 22-inch wheels fill the arches at all four corners. Don't expect to find any knobby tire options.

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Auto-leveling suspension

The optional upgraded suspension auto-levels itself to compensate for cornering and when towing heavy loads.

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14 mpg

Estimated fuel economy is stated as 16 mpg combined, but we averaged only 14.1 during our testing.

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Power lift gate

A motorized lift gate can be activated from afar with the remote transponder. The QX80 also comes standard with keyless entry and start.

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Motorized rear seats

The rear (third-row) seats are also motorized and fold flat at the touch of a button.

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Seven-seater

The QX8o is available in either a seven-seat (shown here) or an eight-seat configuration. The difference is the addition or removal of the second-row center console.

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Third row

Infiniti counts the third row as three seats, but we were only able to comfortably seat two reasonably sized adults back there.

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Theater package

Our example was equipped with an optional "Theater package." Checking this box adds two LCD screens to the front-row headrests.

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Headphones

The rear-seat entertainment system ships with two IR wireless headphones for dual-zone listening.

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Front seats

The front seats are heated and cooled and power-adjustable.

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Interior

Our example was not so equipped, but the 2015 model year introduces a new high-luxury Limited trim level.

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Driver aid

Getting all of the driver aid and intervention tech requires specifying two optional packages totaling about $7,650, but for the money it's one of the most fully featured loadouts in the class.

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Around-view camera

An around-view camera system places wide-angle cameras on all four sides of the SUV, giving the driver a virtual bird's-eye view of the area surrounding the vehicle.

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Infotainment

Digital media sources include Bluetooth audio and calling, HD Radio, satellite radio and USB/iPod connectivity.

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Navigation

Infiniti's HDD navigation system is standard on all QX80 models.

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Driver's seat

Wood trim and leather create a luxurious air. The cabin is quiet and well isolated from the passing scenery.

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Instrument cluster

Instrumentation is simple and easy to read at a glance. A small monochrome display sits between the two large gauges.

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Bose audio

Our optional Deluxe Technology package also adds a Bose audio system.

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2015 Infiniti QX80

Though revised for 2015, our opinion of the QX80 hasn't changed. It's a high-tech large SUV, but the smaller QX60 does a better, more efficient job of luxuriously transporting six adults.

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