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INFINITI has unveiled their newest luxury SUV, the QX80 Monograph, combining luxury with a commanding presence for which the QX80 production car is renowned.
Originating at INFINITI’s design studio in Atsugi, Japan, the QX80 Monograph was unveiled for the first time in New York showcasing the ultimate expression of SUV futuristic luxury design.
“The QX80 Monograph represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design. 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.” said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI.
This fine machine is over five meters long, almost two meters tall (including roof rails), and more than two meters wide with its 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 headlamps extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The light bars running along the front wings end in sculptured rear-view cameras at the leading edge of the two front doors.
The ‘face’ of the QX80 Monograph appears more powerful and purposeful delivering more air to the engine. Enhancing its SUV credentials, an underbody cover runs the length of the floor, protecting the car’s undersides and aiding aerodynamic performance. A thin strip of aluminium below the grille emphasizes the car’s width and incorporates razor-sharp LED fog-lamps at each end for that modern and high-tech appearance. At the rear, defined horizontal lines highlight the car’s wide and powerful aura. The appearance of the sharper, thinner tail-lamps 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.
The doors open to reveal an integrated, brushed aluminium 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.
Unmistakable INFINITI signature design elements are taken from the company’s latest concept and production vehicles. QX80 Monograph features the latest incarnation of INFINITI’s hallmark ‘human-eye’ headlamps, raised high up in the front of the car, as well as slimmer, sharper rear combination lamps. 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.
The new interpretation of INFINITI’s ‘double-arch’ grille is 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.
It also features a ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, following positive feedback from recent INFINITI 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 aluminium elements around the concept. Straight-spoke, two-tone wheels – 24 inches in diameter – 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.
“Earlier INFINITI show cars have started conversations with our customers, which gives us the chance to talk about the brand’s future direction. We have listened to our customers to discover their expectations for a large SUV from INFINITI in 2017 and beyond. The QX80 Monograph illustrates how INFINITI’s ‘powerful elegance’ design language could be used to develop our luxury SUVs in future.” quoted Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design.
More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.INFINITI.com.