Large SUV design study offers a glimpse of future production version that’ll target the US market

The Infiniti QX80 Monograph is a design study that previews the marque’s next large SUV model which will arrive as a rival to the Range Rover and focus on the American and Chinese markets.

Revealed at the New York motor show, the design focus was to make the car as luxurious and as spacious as possible. The car's body takes the shape of a conventional SUV with muscular styling.

Infiniti's designers have applied a new language to the exterior, with a double-arch grille – something seen on the marque’s other models.

The car measures over five metres long, almost two metres tall and more than two metres wide, making it bigger than a Range Rover. To elongate the car, designers have used an unbroken, straight shoulder line that runs from the grille all the way to the rear. Its scale is emphasised by the fact those wheels are 24in in diameter.

While no engine specifications have been released, the rear bumper incorporates two wide openings for exhausts, suggesting a running model would use petrol or diesel power.

Senior vice president for global design Alfonso Albaisa said “The QX80 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."

Infiniti president Roland Krueger added: “The QX80 Monograph represents a design study into our expertise or exterior design. It shows our concept of luxury and style on the road, and is an exploration of how we could enhance our future Infiniti offering in the luxury SUV segment."

Like its predecessor, the production model that the QX80 Monograph influences likely won't make it to Britain. The brand's largest model here will, therefore, remain the QX70, rivalling the Volkswagen Touareg and starts from £45,140.

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7 April 2017
I hope it has small child detection in the front grille as this thing could cause havoc outside the school gates!

 

 

 

7 April 2017
I'm shocked. I genuinely didn't think it was possible to design a car that was uglier than a Ssangyong Rodius. Apparently I was wrong.

This thing is an utter monstrosity and should be shot on sight.

7 April 2017
This just confirms something that has become obvious over the last year or so. Namely, that Japanese car designers have completely and utterly lost the plot.

8 April 2017
At least it's much nicer than the current model which looks like a grotesque love child of a Mac truck and a London black cab. Infiniti's design evolution of their grille is more pleasing and not as awkward as the current grille.
I highly doubt this can really compete with a Range Rover, as the QX80 is essentially a rebadged and tarted up Nissan Armada.

12 April 2017
ahaus wrote:

At least it's much nicer than the current model which looks like a grotesque love child of a Mac truck and a London black cab. Infiniti's design evolution of their grille is more pleasing and not as awkward as the current grille.
I highly doubt this can really compete with a Range Rover, as the QX80 is essentially a rebadged and tarted up Nissan Armada.

No you are WRONG. The QX80 is a tarted up Y62 Nissan Patrol, an incredibly able vehicle that would run rings around your feeble highway orientated Range Rover. The new Armada is a tarted down Y62 Patrol.....The Patrol came first.....the Armarda last. This new QX80 will again be based on the New Nissan Patrol....no bad thing at all. The Infiniti will also be far far more reliable the the RR. Been in the states recently and the QX80 is very popular and a big money spinner for Infiniti....so I expect they will want to get this out quick. I like it in a blingy RR esque way.

8 April 2017
Infiniti president Roland Krueger said: “The QX80 Monograph represents a design study into our expertise or exterior design." Expertise? - what planet is he on??? Until Infiniti bucks its ideas up and develops a more attractive design language, it is never going to sell its cars in any meaningful numbers. They all look horrible and how many do you see in the UK?

8 April 2017
At first glance I thought it was a blinged up version of an old Hyundai Terracan

9 April 2017
....It's aimed at the US. The Donald Trump limited edition has a coal fired furnace driving each of the four wheels independently as an alternative to electric.
Spanner

12 April 2017
Strictly for aggressive people who like driving a mobile home.
Car design reduced to the level of 'mine is bigger than yours'
Pathetic.

12 April 2017
With news that Karim Habib, ex-BMW design boss, is now taking over at Infiniti, there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Perhaps in the same way that Habib restored BMW car design after replacing Chris Bangle, he can take Infiniti to a new level as well.

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