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NYIAS: 2018 INFINITI QX80 Monograph is upscale luxury with commanding presence

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QX80 Monograph
2018 QX80 Monograph Concept

Infiniti has unveiled a concept SUV that aims to make their QX80 appear bigger without actually looking bigger.

If SUV’s were wild animals on the jungles of metropolitan streets, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph would be that alpha-male SUV strutting around with an intimidating swagger meant to make itself look bigger than it actually is. Infiniti officially unveiled its QX80 Monograph concept to the world earlier today (Apr. 11,2017) at the 2018 New York International Auto Show and it’s a clear arrowhead towards the bold and commanding design they want to bring to their SUV’s. This is also the first time that Infiniti has attached the Monograph name to any of its products.

QX80 Monograph
2018 QX80 Monograph Concept
QX80 Monograph
2018 QX80 Monograph Concept

At over five meters long, two meters tall and two meters wide, its mere presence is enough to get our attention. Thanks to defined character lines, the QX80 Monograph looks longer than it actually is. Up front, the headlamps start out close to the middle of the hood and wrap around the corners and along the wings. Two large intakes hint at a large engine underneath the hood with both intakes wrapping around the front tightly.

Compared to similar Infiniti grilles, this reinterpretation of Infiniti’s double waterfall grill is taller and wider than before. It’s linking intermeshing front pattern also adds depth.

Outback, the thin taillights stand out in stark contrast in proportion to the rest of its rear. The same can be said about its dual exhaust tips. A sharp character line delineates the lower third of the bumper with that portion of the rear jutting out from the rest of the rear hatch. Two side strakes that serve no function further widen yet slim the looks outback.

QX80 Monograph
2018 QX80 Monograph Concept
QX80 Monograph
2018 QX80 Monograph Concept

Keen eyes will notice that the 24-inch wheel faces actually overlap the front of the tire. This is to make a passerby think that they’re looking at a wheel that might be two inches larger.

This QX80 monograph certainly demands our presence and would be intimidating to come across on a normal drive. We can expect to see a paired down version of this concept when Infiniti updates its QX80 sometime in the near future. We’re wondering what they’ll stuff under the hood.

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