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Infiniti, Nissan's luxury arm, has revealed its QX Monograph concept, previewing the next-generation QX80 - the brand's equivalent to the Lexus LX.
While Infiniti departed Australian shores back in 2020, the brand is still going strong in other markets, mostly the United States, and is pinning its future hopes on its new QX80 off-roader, which is previewed by this QX Monograph concept.
From the preview, we can already tell it shares many similar design queues to both the outgoing Patrol and the new-generation LandCruiser family, inheriting its bulbous grille and haunches, but this time adding a boxy roofline and straight belt line across the windows, embracing both the modern square trends alongside the curvy designs which Infiniti has maintained throughout its history.
The QX Monograph looks as enormous as a LandCruiser rival needs to be, with a tall ride height and imposing profile, although a smaller distance between the top of the front wheel arch and the top of the bonnet, adding strip lights front and rear as part of a new design direction for Infiniti.
Importantly, the Monograph concept looks very close to production, with wing mirrors, realistic 'turbine' wheel designs, genuine-looking light fittings, and realistic panel gaps.
Aside from announcing its new core design elements, Infiniti has not released interior images or any specifications for the Monograph concept, nor a date for when we might see the production QX80. However, executives have previously told media that the new model will be “beefier” than before with added luxury features like air suspension, and that it is likely to launch in the middle of 2024.
The current Y62 Patrol is now over 13 years old, having debuted globally in February of 2010, with facelifts in 2014 and 2019 respectively as well as various updates and additional variants added since.
However, don't expect the 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre petrol V8 to live on beyond this generation, as it is likely to fall afoul of emissions regulations in much of the world. Instead, the next-generation model is all but confirmed to get a six-cylinder engine, likely a development of the current V6 engine which resides in the Z sports coupe, reportedly a twin-turbo unit producing 335kW.
Nissan America Corporate Vice President, Michael Colleran, also told CarsGuide in June 2023 that "consumers are going to love it".
"Clearly the world landscape, and in the US as well, that landscape is shifting towards EVs. But that doesn't mean that internal combustion doesn't have a very important role to play.
"Do we see powerful V6s and other internal combustion engines being a part of our future? Absolutely," he said.
With the current timeline for the QX80, we can expect to see the production version be revealed imminently. With a Y63 Patrol reveal shortly afterwards - in a similar process to the reveal of the Lexus LX and Toyota LandCruiser 300 series pair.