How dark and brooding.
Japanese luxury carmaker Infiniti is gearing up for the New York International Auto Show by rolling out a couple of new, high-end variants of their SUVs, designed to appeal to an “entirely new group of buyers” without compromising on their unique Infiniti-ness.
The QX80 and QX60 Limited models essentially add a whole lot of posh to the equation. Each car gets a unique set of aesthetic tweaks inside and out to differentiate them from lesser models in the range, with both Limited cars sitting at the top of their ranges respectively.
The smaller QX60 might not be familiar to us, as the Nissan Pathfinder-based 7-seater isn’t offered in our market. While the QX60 Limited makes use of the same 220kW 3.5-litre V6 as the rest of the range, the Limited models get a unique set of dark chrome trim pieces all around, as well as a ‘premium paint’ finish for the roof rails, as well as a unique rear bumper. Also unique to the Limited are 20-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the QX60 adds some properly premium touches all round. You’ll find quilted semi-aniline leather seats, matching quilting on the trim, contrast stitching and piping (even on the new leather-bossed steering wheel), unique ‘dark silver’ wood accents, and specific floor mats with metal Infiniti logos.
The bigger QX80 also gains a bunch of unique touches to justify the ‘Limited’ moniker, too. There are enormous 22-inch dark-finished alloys in all four corners, as well as stainless-steel running boards in between. Satin chrome takes the place of all the usual shiny stuff, while the bumpers get unique treatments for ‘Limited’ application.
The QX80 gets a unique ‘Anthracite Grey’ exterior paint finish, though it’s just one of five colours on offer.
The cabin of the QX80 wasn’t spared from the ‘Limited’ treatment either. It also gets semi-aniline leather as the smaller QX60, though here it’s two-tone with quilting, contrast piping and stitching. The Ash wood trim is matte-silver and open-pore, while there’s Ultrasuede employed for the headliner.
No changes under the bonnet though, with the same 5.6-litre V8 petrol mill employed. 298kW total power is offered, going to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Infiniti’s Australian office has confirmed to us that the Limited variants are not bound for our shores.