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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Infiniti QX80

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/8/2014 Karla Sanchez
Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Infiniti QX80

Infiniti changed the name of its flagship SUV last year -- from QX56 to QX80 -- and for 2015 it gave the model a slightly different look. The QX80 got a subtle face-lift that's a bit bolder than before, and also fit in with the rest of the Infiniti family. We examine the large-and-in-charge SUV below and point out the differences.

It's hard to look past the QX80's front grille, which is now in your face more than it was on the outgoing car. While it keeps the same overall hourglass shape, its front grille now boasts a Q50-inspired mesh design that looks more upscale than the chrome vertical slats on the old grille. The headlights have been pulled back and now feature LED running lights within the units. These changes help emphasize the power dome hood, which appears to be more muscular than it was on the old SUV. Moving down, the QX80 also gets the Q50's lower grille with sharper edges in addition to new LED running lights that sit in the lower front fascia. Below those are newly designed foglights that replace the round ones on the old model.

You won't find many differences in the 2015 QX80's side profile. With that said, the QX80 retains its upright stance and bulbous front end, while the chrome side vents stay in place. Keep looking down and you'll notice the SUV wears new 20-inch wheels with a double-spoke design, making it look flashier from the side compared to the vehicle it replaces. From behind, the QX80 wears a larger bumper protector, but other than that, everything appears to be the same, including its predecessor's LED taillights.

While the QX80 was already luxurious inside, the Japanese automaker stepped it up for the new model year and added better-quality materials inside the cabin. A little goes a long way, as silver accents on the center stack and on the steering wheel make the cockpit more visually appealing. Meanwhile, the wood trim has been revised to look higher in quality.

2015 Infiniti QX80© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Infiniti QX80

What do you think of the refreshed 2015 Infiniti QX80? Do you think the subtle changes are enough to keep the SUV looking fresh, or do you think it needed more? Let us know in the comments below.

The 2015 BMW X5 M was the subject of last week's Refreshing or Revolting, and opinions were all over the place. Some readers like Nick28 really liked the X5 M, saying "Refreshing, because it looks like a mild refresh." Damon Smith76 couldn't disagree more, saying "The X5 is revolting and has been since its inception." Then there were readers who didn't care much for the sporty SUV either way. "Neither refreshing nor revolting, just silly," said skyguy.

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