New York Auto Show: Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept

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Infiniti, the luxury arm of Japanese auto giant Nissan, has given the world a sneak preview of its new QX80 Monograph concept before the full-size luxury SUV is properly unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Infiniti may be best known for its curvaceous Red Sport coupes and sedans today, but the automaker is looking to step up its game in the luxury large SUV segment wth something very much like this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph.

In a short statement accompanying this single image, Infiniti said: "The new concept combines luxury with a commanding presence, and demonstrates the high levels of space and utility for which the QX80 production vehicle is renowned. The QX80 Monograph illustrates how Infiniti's "powerful elegance" design language could be used to develop our luxury SUVs in future". This unique and bold design features the brand's signature double-arch grille and some clean geometric shapes that makes for an elegant and aggressive look.

We'll be covering this luxury SUV in more detail when it is unveiled in NY. 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.

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Also worth noting is its frosted-effect paint finish.

Although it hasn't been redesigned since '14, the Infiniti QX80 is a modest but strong seller for Infiniti in the US, with 2016 volume of 16,772, a 7.2% increase from 2015.

The interior images are not revealed yet but, it is expected that it will be equally futuristic to the exterior. "This is an important initiative for INFINITI, as the QX80 is popular with buyers in a number of markets - particularly in North America and the Middle East", commented Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President of Global Product Strategy. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

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