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Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept Previews Future Large Luxury SUV Design

Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept Previews Future Large Luxury SUV Design

By Philly Murtha, April 11, 2017
Infiniti takes upscale luxury into the future with its QX80 Monograph large premium SUV study concept at the New York International Auto Show. During this week’s press previews, Nissan Motor’s Infiniti brand design studio in Atsugi, Japan, provides hints of the premium brand’s design direction for its next flagship large luxury SUV. Officials hope the study will start conversations with spectators about Infiniti’s new strategy for the QX80.

A boxy and elegant brute, the QX80 Monograph reflects composition elements taken from famous sculptures by Rodin and Michelangelo to help create a geometric, powerful classic presence in a concept vehicle, according to an Infiniti statement. The frosted satin copper exterior enhances the smooth-angled body that is set off by a double-arch mesh grille framed by winking eye-shaped thin headlamps that include rearview cameras along with razor thin fog lamps for a high-tech appearance. Fender vents add flare and aid air flow, Infiniti says.

The QX80 Monograph is not quite as long as the current QX80, last redesigned for 2014, but appears taller and broader. It measures nearly 16.5 ft. in length with sweeping character lines and stands nearly 6.5 ft. tall with roof rails and is equally as wide. Function is important in the futuristic utility, which features a full underbody cover to protect the car’s underbelly and aid in aerodynamics.

The QX80 Monograph’s clean swept-back look is more alluring than the current version and helps minimize drag and wind noise, according to Infiniti. The premium auto brand’s signature human eye headlamps and slimmer sharper rear taillights include the latest adaptive lighting technology. Metallic vents in front of the wheels cut drag and there is a black airfoil between the exhaust pipes. Door handles are hidden and pop out, and the A-pillar is flush with the side windows.

Infiniti’s latest study in future premium utility design rides on straight-spoke, 2- tone 24-in. wheels that are finished in chromium black with brushed copper and look even larger since the SUV wheel arch edges overlap the tires.

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