Infiniti unveils the QX80 Monograph at the 2017 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2017

INFINITI has presented the design of the QX80 Monograph. This is a design study that hopes to look into upscale luxury. It also showcases the plan of INFINITI to raise its position in the full-size luxury SUV class. The brand disclosed that the QX80 Monograph will be officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

This latest model utilizes the most current design language of the brand but does it in an artistic and sculptural manner. What the design does is use organic shapes and combine this with geometric forms. The result in a form that shows elegance and power, giving it a more sophisticated and commanding presence.

The trademarked design elements the brand is known for are still present like the double-arch grille. However for the QX80 Monograph, the grille has been made wide and taller giving it a new and powerful face. Present as well is the D-pillar and its crescent-cut though it comes in a new shape.

According to INFINITI, the goal of this concept is to have an SUV that has a commanding presence mixed in with luxury. The brand also hopes to show a different level of utility and space, something the production version of the QX80 has been celebrated for. Developed at the brand’s design studio located in Atsugi, Japan, there is no question this is the best representation of the luxury SUV design of the future. It shows as well that it is still possible to evolve the QX80’s design.

Commenting on this new offering, INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. President Roland Krueger said that the QX80 Monograph is a detailed study into the knowledge of the brand when it comes to exterior design. He added that it is able to display the brand’s concept as it relates to style and luxury. Krueger continued by saying that the QX80 Monograph acts as a way of looking into how INFINIT can improve its future offerings under the luxury SUV class.

For those who want to learn more about the new QX80 Monograph, information and images can be viewed at www.infinitinews.com.

Based mainly in Hong Kong, INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., has a presence in a total of 50 markets worldwide. First launched back in 1989, the brand has manufacturing facilities located in the Japan, China, U.K., and the U.S. Design studios meanwhile are in Atsugi-Shim which is near Yokohama, Beijing, London, and San Diego. Known for its pioneering driver-assistance technologies and bold design, the brand is presently in the middle of what can be considered as a product offensive. For the 2016 season, the brand entered into a technical partnership with Renault Sport Formula One team to share its knowledge in hybrid performance.

Press Release

INFINITI QX80 Monograph: a design study exploring 'upscale luxury' with commanding presence

INFINITI has unveiled the QX80 Monograph, a new design study exploring upscale luxury and signaling INFINITI's intention to further develop its standing in the large SUV segment.

The QX80 Monograph combines luxury with a commanding presence, and demonstrates the high levels of space and utility for which the QX80 production car is renowned. It illustrates how the design of INFINITI's large SUV could evolve in future. Originating at INFINITI's design studio in Atsugi, Japan, and unveiled for the first time in New York, the QX80 Monograph is the ultimate expression of futuristic luxury SUV design.

"The QX80 Monograph represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design. QX80 Monograph shows our concept of luxury and style on the road, and is an exploration into how we could enhance our future INFINITI offering in the luxury SUV segment."

The ultimate expression of futuristic luxury SUV design

Hints at a forward-looking new design for INFINITI's large SUV
Applies INFINITI's latest signature design cues on a new scale
"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."

Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

The QX80 Monograph hints at a forward-looking new design for INFINITI's flagship large SUV. The concept applies the brand's latest design language in a sculptural and artistic way, incorporating a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, creating a commanding and sophisticated presence.

The QX80 Monograph is over five meters long, almost two meters tall (including roof rails), and more than two meters wide (door mirrors folded). It appears longer thanks to defined character lines, in particular the strong, straight shoulder line that runs from the grille all the way to the rear of the car.

The headlamps extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings, for a unique light signature from the front and in profile. The light bars running along the front wings end in sculptured rear-view cameras at the leading edge of the two front doors.

The face of the QX80 Monograph appears more powerful and purposeful, with large, functional fender vents delivering more air to the engine, flanking an aluminum chin guard. Enhancing its SUV credentials, an underbody cover runs the length of the floor, protecting the car's undersides and aiding aerodynamic performance.

A thin strip of aluminum below the grille emphasizes the car's width and incorporates razor-sharp LED fog-lamps at each end for a modern, high-tech appearance. At the rear, defined horizontal lines highlight the car's wide and powerful aura. The appearance of the sharper, thinner tail-lamps are mirrored in the wide twin exhausts, which feature a gloss-black aerofoil in between to encourage smoother air flow off the back of the car.

The doors open to reveal an integrated, brushed aluminum sill step to ease ingress and egress, while vents aft of the front and rear wheels provide a further distinctive metallic accent to the design. These vents could also perform a valuable aerodynamic function, evacuating turbulent and drag-inducing air from the wheel arches.

The QX80 Monograph's design details express INFINITI's approach to high quality, high precision car manufacturing. Notably, the QX80 Monograph's blacked-out A-pillar sits flush with the side windows and windscreen, while the pop-out door handles are also flush with the bodywork. These elements give a cleaner appearance and help to minimize drag and wind noise.

Unmistakable INFINITI signature design elements are taken from the company's latest concept and production vehicles. QX80 Monograph features the latest incarnation of INFINITI's hallmark "human-eye" headlamps, raised high up in the front of the car, as well as slimmer, sharper rear combination lamps. The unique piano key design of the head- and tail-lamps enables individual LED elements to light up independently, providing an artistic application of the latest adaptive lighting technology.

The new interpretation of INFINITI's double-arch grille is taller and wider, giving it a powerful new face, while a new grille mesh suggests a highly sculptural and technical form. The new mesh adds greater visual depth with a series of individual sculptures that appear linked together in a lattice. The crescent-cut D-pillar has been reshaped, its sharper and higher trailing edge enhancing the horizontal aspect of the QX80 Monograph's upper body.

The QX80 Monograph features a frosted-effect paint finish, following positive feedback from recent INFINITI concepts completed with a similar effect. The desaturated color and satin-like surface each suggest an unusual treatment of the metal beneath, providing a textured contrast to the gloss chrome and brushed aluminum elements around the concept.

Straight-spoke, two-tone wheels – 24 inches in diameter – are finished in chromium black with contrasting brushed copper elements. The outer edges of the wheels overlap the tires, presenting the appearance of a 26-inch wheel and low profile tires to complement the scale of the QX80 Monograph.

"Earlier INFINITI show cars have started conversations with our customers, which gives us the chance to talk about the brand's future direction. We have listened to our customers to discover their expectations for a large SUV from INFINITI in 2017 and beyond. The QX80 Monograph illustrates how INFINITI's 'powerful elegance' design language could be used to develop our luxury SUVs in future."

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