To most eyes, the current Infiniti QX80 isn’t the most attractive of SUVs, especially with competitors like the Range Rover and, at least on price, the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and of course the Lexus LX570. Nissan’s premium sub-brand has accepted those criticisms, it appears, and shows us what the next version will quite likely look like or strongly resemble.
The Monograph is a concept car the marque revealed at the 2017 New York Motor Show which looks to be the same QX80 wearing a more aesthetically pleasing face and body. The headlights, now slimmer and featuring the ‘piano key’ pattern use on other concepts, are no longer drooping from the centre bonnet line but instead stands level with the side air strake, a design detail that pulls double duty to house a side camera in lieu of a traditional mirror.
The A-pillar and windscreen look less steeply raked and the mast itself is painted black to give the glasshouse the appearance of a being a single continuous piece. Extremely large and intricately spoked wheels adorn the four corners, measuring 26-inches in diameter. On a vehicle this imposingly large, though, they look rather appropriately sized.
The still-large front grille has a new mesh pattern but is styled in accordance to Infiniti’s double-arch corporate face. At the rear, thinner tail lights match the sleeker front illuminators and sandwich a more sculpted tailgate, tucking in just before a pair of large integrated exhaust exits.
Unfortunately, Infiniti did not reveal any images or information about the Monograph’s interior, though admitted that’s one of the key areas where the current model could also be improved. It also did not disclose any powertrain details. It’s speculated that the 5.6-litre naturally aspirated V8 could make a return in an all-new QX80 successor, though the addition of a petrol-electric hybrid powerplant may also be likely.