The second concept to bear the name will preview an all-new QX80 SUV.
At a recent Infiniti event in North America, Infiniti confirmed a new QX80 Monograph Concept would debut in June 2023, previewing the all-new next-generation version of the brand's flagship SUV.
During a presentation, Infiniti's senior director of operations, Bob Welby, showed a slide of a new concept under a sheet, telling us what it would be.
If the name of the concept sounds familiar, it's because it's not the first time Infiniti has shown one with the same nomenclature. A 2017 concept of the same name (pictured) previewed the design implemented on the 2018 facelift of the Infiniti QX80, and Infiniti has used the Monograph name more recently on a concept that previewed the new QX60.
The current, second-generation QX80 has been with us since 2010, when it still wore the QX56 badge. It has undergone two facelifts in the now 13 years since it was revealed, once in 2015 and the second being the aforementioned 2018 revision to update it to a new Infiniti styling language. It's one of the oldest new cars still on sale in the US and is in dire need of a refresh.
Sadly, no further details were given about the new QX80 Monograph, but we can only assume it will be developed on a new platform and have an abundance of new technologies to take the halo model into the future.
The current model shares its Nissan F-Alpha architecture with the Nissan Armada SUV and Titan full-size pickup, both of which have been with us for a few years. Nissan and Infiniti may choose to update this platform further, as its body-on-frame construction is ideal for off-road SUVs like the QX80.
In any case, we expect the QX80 to drop the current 5.6-liter V8 engine in favor of a more modern, turbocharged powerplant, likely a V6 aided by hybridization, turbocharging, or both. This is the path that was taken by its chief rival, the gaudily styled Lexus LX, and in an age of ever-tightening emissions legislation, it would be a smart move for Nissan.
We'll find out more closer to the concept's reveal in June this year, but expect the production version to arrive no more than a year from now.