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2015 Infiniti QX80 loses some of its awkwardness and gains a new ‘Limited’ trim

The Q70 isn’t the only Infiniti to get a makeover at this year’s New York Auto Show. The brand’s flagship SUV, the QX80 (formerly the QX56) also gains new styling cues from the Q50 sedan, and loses some of its whale-like styling in the process.

We’ve had a love-hate relationship with the QX80 since it was redesigned in 2011, when the oversized SUV lost its butch, angular styling. On one hand, it had grown into a bit of an eyesore, with awkward proportions and a weird translation of the brand’s sweeping design over a giant box. However, its interior made it one of the most luxurious SUVs on the market, and under the hood was a very capable 4×4 system that could haul the entire family over just about any terrain. Plus, the QX just cost less than its competitors, making it a relative bargain for the segment.

For 2015, the QX80 aims to soften some of its shortcomings with updated front and rear fascia, LED headlamps, and several new interior finishes that Infiniti claims, “wouldn’t feel out of place in an executive board room or private jet.”

The 2015 Infiniti QX80 will also come in an optional “Limited” guise, which comes with dark, Truffle brown interior, with brown, black and silver wood and metal trims throughout the cabin. The QX80 is already cavernous, and we think this new trim might just earn it man-cave status in our book, too.

The new QX80 goes on sale in fall 2014.

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