Infiniti Reveals QX80 Monograph Concept
Design Study Could Reveal SUV’s Future
Infiniti revealed the QX80 Monograph today, giving the world a look at the possible future of its largest offering.
The Monograph (named for the detailed study of a single specific subject) was designed in Infiniti’s design studio in Atsugi, Japan. As such, it adheres to the company’s most recent design language, featuring a crescent-shaped rear roof pillar, falcon-eye headlamps, and a grille shaped ever so slightly like a lyre (Infiniti calls it “double arch”).
The QX80 of the future wears its concept styling cues well, and it makes a bold impression. The satin-finish radiator shell and wing-shaped front trim are sleek and modern, and the peaked hood and square front fenders impart a muscular stance up front. Blacked-out A-, B-, and C-pillars and a cantilevered roof bear a slight resemblance to the Nissan GT-R and avoid the floating-roof trend. A gorgeous strip of brushed metal trims the entire greenhouse, and the windshield/A-pillar intersection is particularly lovely.
A long, thin eyebrow connects each headlamp to the fender-mounted side-view cameras. While the production version of the QX80 Monograph would certainly abandon the cameras for more conventional mirrors, we hope the funky headlight trim remains. Overall, the styling is refreshingly unique, inspired by Infiniti’s Japanese heritage rather than copping other luxury SUVs.
However, that stylistic identity is a bit messy in some ways. A silver hockey stick originating from a probably ornamental fender vent clutters up the otherwise-clean bodysides. There’s also an unusual bulge in both the front valence and lower grille opening, giving the Monograph a strange, cleft-chin look.
But other than those minor bits of overstyling, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph is a lovely interpretation of the company’s three-row SUV. Thanks to its unique, bold design, it would make a perfect Japanese foil to the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Range Rover. We hope to see it on the roads within a few years.