New Infiniti QX80 is nearing its time to shine at New York auto show

Gone is the idea that a luxury brand’s flagship for design and tech must be a sedan. Infiniti’s full-gainer into the design deep-end with its QX80 Monograph concept should be proof enough of that.

The full-sizer from Infiniti is overdue for a redesign, so the teaser image released Friday should be a hint of things to come. It follows an earlier tease, and borrows looks from last year’s Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept.

According to the automaker, what we see above is an exterior design study—Infiniti’s words, not ours—for the QX80 and could be a harbinger for other Infiniti SUVs. We see signature headlight elements, lower body styling, and some grille work in the future for coming Infiniti SUVs. (We’ll take a flyer that the slim mirrors, ginormous wheels, and shaved handles don’t make it into production.) 

What’s unclear is if the whole floating roof will make it into the QX80. Given the current design trends among other SUVs it’d be hard to imagine that Infiniti would skip the look—but the blacked-out windshield pillars would be a bold, bold flavor from Infiniti.

Given that it’s an exterior design study, Infiniti is quiet on details including powertrain, dimensions, or what kind of holographic infotainment system to expect in this concept. The 5.6-liter V-8 currently planted in the QX80 has been given a new lease on life, thanks to the Nissan Titan XD, so seeing a V-8-powered next-gen QX80 isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

We know that it will appear at the New York auto show next week, and that more information about the concept will come out then. For more coverage of the New York auto show, head over to our dedicated hub.

Check Also

Polestar 1 flagship coupe priced from $155,000

The 600-horsepower Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe has been priced from $155,000. Polestar made the announcement on Wednesday at the 2018 Beijing auto show where the Polestar 1 is being shown to a Chinese audience for the first time. The car will also be made in China at Polestar's plant under construction in the city of Chengdu. (It's where Polestar parent...

BMW iX3 electric SUV concept debuts in Beijing with 250-mile range

BMW will launch an electric version of its X3 in 2020 and we got our first taste on Wednesday in the form of a concept at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The Concept iX3 on show in the Chinese capital hints at some of the subtle styling cues BMW plans for electric versions of its core models, of which there will be many, but more importantly the concept also...