The Infiniti QX80 Monograph represents the Brand’s new design study on exploring upscale luxury and signaling the manufacturer’s intention to further develop its standing in the large SUV segment. Infiniti defines a “monograph” as a detailed study into a single area of expertise. In this context, the QX80 Monograph is a detailed examination of how the exterior design of the QX80 may evolve in the future. And, the QX80 Monograph is the first model from the brand to bear the “Monograph” nomenclature.
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. In dimensions, the QX80 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 headlights 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. At the front, the QX80 Monograph takes up large, functional fender vents to deliver more air to the engine; the element is flanked by 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. Additionally, the QX80 Monograph features the latest incarnation of Infiniti’s hallmark “human-eye” headlights, raised high up in the front of the car, as well as slimmer, sharper rear combination lights. 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.
A thin strip of aluminum below the grille emphasizes the car’s width and incorporates razor-sharp LED fog-lights 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-lights 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.
Infiniti’s double-arch grille is now 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 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. Furthermore, 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.
Finishing off the Monograph’s design is the Straight-spoke, two-tone wheels, 24 inches in diameter. The wheels 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.
The QX80 Monograph features a frosted-effect paint finish, following positive feedback from recent the 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.