NISSAN’S luxury arm Infiniti has revealed a QX80 concept which it calls Monograph, at the New York Auto Show this week.
The concept ditches the disturbed dolphin look of the current QX80 model with a more upmarket and commanding style better befitting that of a luxury brand. By fitting a larger radiator grille and raising the headlamps on the front end, Infiniti has achieved a look that is more conventional in the luxury SUV market.
The QX80 is, of course, based on the Nissan Y62 Patrol, and this exterior update could signal what we might expect not only of the next QX80 but also of the next Patrol, which in its current guise is now more than seven years old.
The Patrol is sold globally, and in the USA it replaced the Armada badge. It is powered primarily by a stonking 5.6-litre petrol V8, but there is also a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine offered in some markets. The lack of a diesel engine option has stifled sales of the Y62 in Australia, but starting at $70,000 the Patrol offers a lot of 4x4 for the money.
By comparison, the current QX80 costs $110,900, and it is looks more than price or engine choice that keeps buyers away. Hopefully this fresh-styled Monograph concept provides an indication of things to come and encourages more interest in the large luxury wagon.