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Infiniti Teases 2018 QX80 With Monograph Concept Styling Cues

Infiniti has always struggled financially, canceling several projects like the Q50 Eau Rouge and its bespoke EV. However, it seems to have a firm grasp on the old-fashioned SUV market with the QX80. An all-new version has just been teased for the 2018- model year.
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Infiniti has set the debut for November 14th. So, is it going to come out at the LA Auto Show? No. The 2018 Q80 will debut in Dubai. Like the Nissan Patrol and Toyota Land Cruiser, this premium 4x4 is really popular over there.

Ahead of that, a handful of teaser photos have been released, detailing things like the headlights, plush leather upholstery, and multi-spoke 22-inch wheels. Just as expected, everything is reminiscent of the QX80 Monograph Concept that was first seen at this year’s New York Auto Show.

We're delighted with what we're seeing. Instead of an ugly Infiniti interpretation of a Nissan, we have fluid lines and a cohesive design language.

“The QX80 brings a new commanding presence with powerful muscularity and enhanced horizontal movement,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President of Nissan’s Global Design. “Our designers raised the visual height of our iconic double arch grille and signature headlamps striking an unmistakable road presence.”

The typical Infiniti grille dominates the front end. However, the side intakes also frame the bumper nicely. The headlights aren't as cutting-edge as those of the Range Rover, but Infiniti had to cut a few corners. Also, don't expect to see the Monograph's mirror-replacing cameras or disappearing door frames.

While the QX80 will undoubtedly have modern tweaks to its drivetrain, the big lump under the hood is still going to be a 5.6-liter V8 engine generating 400 horsepower and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. But if the people in Dubai don't like it, we know somebody who can install twin turbochargers and nitrous.

A seven-speed automatic gearbox sends power to a permanent AWD system. The platform is also borrowed from the older generation. Later in the life cycle, a turbocharged V6 is scheduled to arrive.

 
 
 
 
 

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