- Infiniti is showing a new concept car called the QX Monograph.
- It appears to preview the next-generation QX80 full-size luxury SUV, which should arrive within the next year.
- The concept uses Infiniti’s new three-dimensional logo and incorporates a new design language.
Infiniti’s biggest SUV, the QX80, is poised for an imminent redesign if this new concept car is any indication. Called the QX Monograph concept, this design study being revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance appears to be a close preview of what the next-generation QX80 will look like.
With its huge front grille and distinctive lighting elements, the new design follows the trend of other big luxury SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Infiniti says that the grille texture is meant to resemble a bamboo forest, while the LED daytime running lights are reminiscent of “digital piano keys.” Interestingly, the actual headlights are separate from these DRLs, mounted lower down on the fascia. Infiniti’s new 3-D logo is prominently displayed in the center of the grille.
Out back, the taillights are a full-width LED unit with a vertical hash pattern meant to mirror the DRLs up front. The concept is finished in a paint color called Akane, meaning “deep red” in Japanese, that’s meant to change colors in different lighting, while the windows are subtly tinted red and the roof is finished in gloss black. The 12-spoke wheels also have red accents.
There aren’t too many concept-car flights of fancy in play here, so we don’t think the eventual production model will look too different from this. The QX Monograph concept doesn’t have an interior, but we expect it to feature numerous upgrades over the current QX80’s somewhat dated cabin, such as nicer materials and more modern infotainment displays.
Look for more information to come soon on the next-generation QX80, which could arrive as soon as the 2025 model year in the U.S.
Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine. He has been part of the Car and Driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.