Infiniti QX80 Monograph Previews Firm’s Overhauled Large SUV

Prior to the New York Auto Show opening its doors on Wednesday, Infiniti has unveiled the bold QX80 Monograph, a new design study previewing the company’s next large SUV.

Infiniti says the QX80 Monograph represents the first time the firm’s current design language has been applied to a vehicle of this size by mixing “geometric and organic shapes” onto the QX80’s five-meter-long skin. Also measuring over two meters high and two meters wide, the new QX80 previewed looks much more purposeful and far-less bloated than the outgoing model.

The dramatic styling changes start at the front fascia where the QX80 Monograph is adorned with a re-shaped grille and LED headlights and a hood which mercifully, ditches the strange drop-off and bludge of the existing QX80 that make it look like a beluga whale on wheels.

Elsewhere, Infiniti has designed the QX80 Monograph with doors that when open, reveal brushed aluminum still steps. There’s also vents behind the front wheels which the automaker says can reduce drag by funnelling out turbulent air from the wheel arches. Huge 24-inch, chromium black wheels with brushed copper accents are also present.

Speaking about the design, senior vice president of global design at Infiniti, Alfonso Albaisa said “The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.”

Beyond the QX80 concept in question adopting a unique design, Infiniti says it is also using it as a step forward in the large SUV segment. It claims that it serves as a “private jet for the road” and should prove particularly popular in North America and the Middle East.

The next QX80 will arrive in 2018.

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  • Nordschleife

    Infiniti if you could just go for broke and bring this to the market as is with a sexy interior and updated graphics you will have a hit on your hands. Stop being a punk Infiniti and just go with your gut.

    • donald seymour

      Great choice of words. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Nordschleife

        Why thank you kind sir.

    • Carmaker1

      Here it is actually (well, somewhat 😉 ). Monograph Concept looks very imposing up close. Design freeze for the new QX80 already took place, so any last minute changes to favour the Monograph are not so viable. Your avatar is actually an ideation sketch from 2012, for the aborted “2-door Q50” CV37 coupe, which was revised during 2013 into today’s Q60 coupe.

      • Nordschleife

        Well the sketch I can live with too but I still like the concept as well as the Q60 concept better than their respective models. It’s really about those headlights in the QX80 making it to market so hopefully they do and I won’t complain…as much. Lol. Thanks for showing me the render.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I would still take a Lexus LX over this, but this is pretty awesome.

    • Agreed (and I drive a Datsun) but now at least you’d think twice before defaulting to the ‘logical’ choice.

  • Bo Hanan


  • 907

    In the Middle East they prefer the LX 570 over the QX80.

  • NOT BAD.

  • no25

    I like the rear end. its unique for a full size SUV

  • Kash

    It’s just an evolution of the current QX80’s design. This would’ve looked a lot better when the current model debuted, but right now it’s meh. After the likes of the Q60 this is rather disappointing to see.

    • Carmaker1

      Production model is not as striking, but it will suffice and will increase sales based on the level of improvements to appease detractors shopping in this segment. As usual, with the flagship Infiniti SUV, it’s always about the interior and not the exterior. Like the Lincoln concepts (Continental, Navigator), this was drafted after design approval.

  • TheBelltower

    Well huh… I kinda like this. Maybe I’m just relieved that there is a replacement to the current abomination that’s long overdue. Whatever it is, I’m happy to see this.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Those things at the back – are they supposed to be exhausts?

  • TheHake

    Just cannot like this thing. But man, those wheels and tyres are HUUUGE.

  • salamOOn

    looks mighty and powerful. me like 👍

  • mp412c

    For some strange reason i really really like this car.

    • dn12005

      This is why the current model sell so well…

      It is “for some strange reason” there are some who gravitate to this SUV and they simply can’t explain why.

      They start off by saying how ungainly it looks, but are still intrigued by its powerful, unforgiving stance (this car makes no excuse for itself…it is not trying to win any beauty pageant, no pretense at all). And then, they sit inside of it; they are immediately smitten by its girth and supple interior…their next thought…”I got to have it”….for some strange reason!

      • dn12005

        I’ve been looking at the image since it released last week, and I keep thinking…this new look is awful for the big 80. But I keep coming back to look at it.

        Infiniti knows they have a hit with this one because it is even more intimidating than the current model. I can only imagine what the interior is going to look like…”A private jet on the road”.

  • Bob White

    Anything is an improvement on the current vehicle which is the biggest oddball among all the full size SUVs.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Yes. YES. YES!

  • Big Black Duck

    would have looked better with a floating roof

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