Large and in-charge.
The Infiniti QX80, the largest SUV (let alone car of any sort) in the premium Japanese automaker’s stable, is due for a substantial refresh - at least more so than the one it underwent in 2015, which was decidedly quite mild.
Enter the QX80 Monograph, a concept that’s as imposing as the car it’s meant to replace but no doubt a better looking object. Due for unveil at the 2017 New York Motor Show later this month, it shows us where Infiniti’s SUV ambitious are headed. Importantly, the marque’s design language seems to have found itself a fitting home on this dramatic luxury high-rider.
Where the current QX80 certainly wears its distinctive look reasonably well, that front end’s ‘Flowerhorn cichlid’ shape hasn’t put it in contention for any beauty crowns. By contrast, this NY-bound concept sleeker, more cohesive interpretation - paired with the larger front intakes, pillar-less look of the greenhouse, large wheels, and champagne gold exterior finish - just might.
Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, says: “The QX80 Monograph represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design. QX80 Monograph shows our concept of luxury and style on the road, and is an exploration into how we could enhance our future INFINITI offering in the luxury SUV segment.”
As for the mechanicals of the QX80 Monograph, it’s possible it will use the same underpinnings as the current QX80, shared with the Y62 Nissan Patrol, albeit modified to suit Infiniti’s needs. As for what sort of powerplant will be housed under that high bonnet, it’s also possible that Nissan’s naturally aspirated VK series V8 petrol will make a return, perhaps even aided by a plug-in hybrid system this time around to offset the motor’s substantial fuel consumption.
Right now, the Infiniti QX80’s engine displaces 5.6-litres and generates 300kW and 560Nm. Prior to its current name, the SUV wore the QX56 moniker to correspond to its engine size.