Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti Motor Co. Ltd. offered a look at its hulking QX80 Monograph concept in New York on Tuesday, ahead of the New York Auto Show.
The luxury wing of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. said the new design explores upscale luxury, and signifies Infiniti’s intent to boost its full-size SUV.
“The QX80 Monograph represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design,” Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti, said in a statement. “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 concept came out of Infiniti’s design studio in Atsugi, Japan. It takes the current QX80 design and inflates the front end with a taller, wider grille to create a “powerful new face.” The design also reshaped the vehicle’s D-pillar, and uses other shapes “to combine power with elegance, creating a commanding and sophisticated presence.”
Infiniti’s 2017 QX80 starts at $63,850, and gets 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. It comes standard with a 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine, and a 7-speed automatic transmission.