A more revealing debut for the QX80 Monograph is set to take place at the New York Auto Show next week, with Infiniti describing the event as a “huge unveil” leaving little chance that the luxury brand will be showing anything other than its largest offering.
The current QX80’s oddball low-set headlight arrangement is gone, and in its place the QX80 Monograph shows off a face that follows the design direction set by the smaller QX50 Concept with a chunky development of Infiniti’s ‘human eye’ headlights, and a bluff square-set front bumper.
The current QX80, and the Nissan Patrol it is based upon, both first appeared overseas in 2010 meaning that a replacement for both king-sized SUVs might still be some way off, with the lifecycle of big 4x4s traditionally lasting longer than their passenger car counterparts.
Infiniti is yet to offer a timeline for the production version of the QX80 Monograph, so its showroom-bound cousin may still be some way off.
Alternatively Infiniti may opt to drop a mostly new body over the QX80’s ladder chassis in a similar move to the latest Lexus LX 570, which keeps its more prosaic Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series underpinnings but switched to a distinctly different body and interior in 2015.
With Infiniti remaining tight-lipped about the QX80 Monograph for now, we’ll have to wait for more info to trickle out at the New York unveiling next week.