Yes, at the upcoming New York Auto Show, Nissan QX80 Monograph concept will make its debut whose design cues are shared with QX80.
"The QX80 Monograph represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design", says Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. Infiniti claims it's determined to further develop its "standing in the large SUV segment". No technical information regarding a platform or powertrains has been revealed. Why, then, pay $64,845 for a base Infiniti QX80 when you can purchase a very almost equally opulent top-of-the-line Nissan Armada Platinum for $6160 less?
The Monograph, shown at an off-site venue in Manhattan, came from Infiniti's studio in Atsugi, Japan. Light bars run along the front fenders, terminating at rear-view cameras in place of traditional side mirrors.
Unlike the previous "flowerhorn cichlid-look" of the current QX80, the concept features a less bulbous bonnet, while the sleek headlights inspired by the QX50 Concept have been pushed upwards.
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The concept also gets blacked-out A-pillars, which emphasize the vehicle's shape, and door handles that retract flush with the bodywork.
Infiniti has smoothed out the hulking lines of the current QX80 and made it a more handsome proposition, with tauter body surfaces and more angular face in preparation to tackle extablished luxury SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLS as well as new competitors like the BMW X7. One more fun insight Albaisa offered is that the "crescent cut" of the D-pillar that defines so many Infinitis was inspired by the waxing and waning moon phases.
The QX80 Monograph is the first model from the brand to bear the "Monograph" nomenclature. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive.