Infiniti closer to the future with QX80 Monograph
Infiniti’s QX80 Monograph, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) may soon become the largest SUV yet produced by the automaker, a perfect indication that stresses the future the brand is gunning for.
The vehicles stretches over five meters long, two meters tall and more than two meters wide, even with the mirrors folded to show how far Infiniti went large.
To Infiniti, a “monograph” is a detailed study into a single area of expertise and the QX80 Monograph point to how far Infiniti’s largest SUV might evolve in future.
Infiniti expects a production version to debut by the end of the year as Nissan’s premier auto group jumped the gun with an early reveal held the evening before the show opening.
QX80 Monograph due to a strong, straight horizontal shoulder line that runs from the grille all the way to the rear of the car even look longer with a big 24-inch straight-spoke, two-tone wheels, finished in chromium black with contrasting brushed copper elements, which add to its massive posture and presence.
Infiniti’s design guru, Alfonso Albaisa performed a descriptive walk around of the vehicle for the audience at the show, stressing the “pure, straight and horizontal body sculpture” and “the muscularity, both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo”.
He also pointed out trademark Infiniti design cues – the iconic fender vent, the widening chrome trim following the crescent-cut D-pillar, the powerful double-arch grille, the gloss black A-pillar blending seamlessly into the windshield and new focused “human-eye” headlamp assemblies with piano-key individual LED elements.
Although the QX80 is very much a small niche vehicle, the debut at the New York show was important for Infiniti, considering that the area is home to one out of every five QX80s sold in the U.S.