Concept cars don’t always take the shape we expect. Like when it’s an SUV, for one thing. Or when it envisions where an established vehicle — in this case, the INFINITI QX80 found at your San Diego INFINITI dealership — could go in the near future. Here’s what awaits visitors to the 2017 New York International Auto Show. 

Some concept vehicles preview upcoming models, or are a prime example of what happens when the design team can design something from the driver’s seat rather than the accounting department. Others are more a matter of asking “What if…?” or “What next?” With this variation on the 2017 INFINITI QX80, the company is clearly looking to what the luxury SUV is capable of being, using an existing design that works as a launchpad to something new and exciting.

INFINITI reps call this a “design study exploring upscale luxury,” while INFINITI president clarifies that the INFINITI QX80 Monograph “is an exploration into how we could enhance our future INFINITI offering in the luxury SUV segment.”

Specifications are scant; some might be revealed when the NYIAS kicks off, but in this case, they’re not the most important thing. As a “design study,” the emphasis here is on the design language, materials use, and the kind of experimentation that’s long been a hallmark of the INFINITI brand.

As gorgeous as it is, the INFINITI QX80 Monograph isn’t a radical departure. It’s an evolution, which is apropos given that the company is constantly iterating and innovating. You don’t need to go to an auto show to see the results of that restlessness. It’s on display every day right here at 4670 Convoy St in San Diego, CA. Visit our INFINITI dealership, or call to learn more about  Kearny Mesa INFINITI and the great new INFINITI cars and SUVs we sell!