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INFINITI Unveils QX80 Monograph Concept at Canadian International Auto Show

The INFINITI QX80 Monograph unveiled at the Canadian International Auto Show this week showcases upcoming redesigned QX80 while also presenting the brand’s new design language

 

  • New QX80 Monograph previews new 2025 INFINITI QX80

  • Bold design inspired by nature


After introducing the model to the world at the 2023 Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance last year, the INFINITI QX80 Monograph Concept was shown for the first time in Canada at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Previewing the long overdue next-generation QX80 full-size SUV and very close to production ready, the QX80 Monograph gives us a glimpse into the next evolution of INFINITI design.

 

A Lot of Firsts on the QX80 Monograph

 

The QX Monograph Concept marks a significant milestone for INFINITI, not only by debuting the brand’s new logo on a vehicle but also by evolving its iconic design elements. The concept features a three-dimensional emblem which is illuminated, a first for the brand. This emblem is integrated into the QX Monograph’s bold double-arched grille which is inspired by the grandeur and tranquility of a bamboo forest according to Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President of Global Design.

 

INFINITI QX80 Concept | Photo : INFINITI

 

A standout feature of the QX Monograph is its unique lighting system. The separation of the main headlight assembly from the daytime running lights (DRLs) introduces a distinct visual signature, reflecting the concept of “Kabuku,” or the extraordinary. The main headlight assembly is integrated within the front bumper, while the “digital piano key” DRLs spanning the entire width of the front fascia provide a distinct visual signature.

 

The QX Monograph incorporates several design elements that are both functional and aesthetically appealing. The front fenders feature a bamboo-inspired mesh pattern, adding a unique visual touch to the vehicle’s exterior. These vents not only serve as a decorative element but also function as air intakes, finished in gloss black to create a striking contrast with the vehicle’s overall color.

 

At the rear, the QX Monograph is equipped with taillights that extend across the vehicle’s width like up front, featuring a smoked finish that emits a vibrant red light when activated. The intricate design within the taillight assembly is meant to mimic the reflection of light on water, with a distinct upper section and six horizontal light bars beneath, creating a distinctive visual signature reminiscent of the serene glow of light on water surfaces.

 

INFINITI QX80 Concept | Photo : INFINITI

 

The vehicle is presented in a newly developed color named “Akane,” a creation of the INFINITI design team. This color draws inspiration from the serene yet intense beauty of a sunset, employing a six-layer paint structure that captures the essence of the red glow of the setting sun fading into the night sky. This color choice, combined with subtly red-tinted window glass and a gloss black roof, seeks to evoke the spectrum of colors seen during sunset. The paint’s appearance is designed to shift with changes in lighting and perspective, aiming to encapsulate the dynamic interplay of shadows and light.

 

Looking Towards the 2025 INFINITI QX80

 

The QX80 Monograph concept looks production ready with only a few minute tweaks, notably the size of the wheels. Previewing the 2025 INFINITI QX80, the concept will likely replace the 24-inch wheels with more reasonable options on the final version, but the distinct design elements such as the new and illuminated emblem, muscular fenders, and intricate front and rear lights will likely make it to production. INFINITI also promises something unique inside with a brand-new interior, although the doors remain locked for now. We do know that the next-gen QX80 will feature some noteworthy features inside the cabin, namely a segment-first Klipsch audio system which was announced at CES in January.

 

With the current QX80 over a decade old, a new generation is long overdue. If INFINITI can ensure the new-gen 2025 QX80’s interior stands out from a refinement and tech standpoint while retaining as much of the QX Monograph concept’s design details, the brand will surely have a winning product on their hands.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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