The QX80 Monograph concept showcased for the first time at the New York Auto Show previewed a stylish future for the flagship SUV in the Infiniti roster.

The upgrade expected to come out soon will thus feature an all-new exterior and a high tech cabin, but according to the latest rumor it will actually pack just about the same internals as before. Nissan Senior Vice President and President of Infiniti, Roland Krueger, has recently declared in an interview the 2018 QX80 will actually be using the same platform and powertrain as the current version. The chassis is from 2011 and the 5.6-liter V8 producing 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (559 Newton-meters) of torque is thus expected to soldier on, with Krueger hinting towards a new, smaller powertrain coming in the future.

The engine will also pack a seven-speed automatic transmission and thanks to AWD it will feature just about the same 8,500 pounds (3,855 kilograms) towing capacity. Tech features such a self-leveling rear suspension and a multiline independent rear suspension will be standard, while a body motion control system will be optional. “[The QX80] is a very successful car,” commented Krueger, “And very successful architecture fits right into the market. When you look at powertrain, capacity for seven seats, it fits right in.”

Via Motor Trend


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