Infiniti is set to unveil a new concept car at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show in California on August 17 that could give us an early look at the next-generation Nissan Patrol.
Dubbed the Infiniti QX Monograph concept, it’s expected this concept car will preview the next-generation QX80, which is currently a luxurious version of the Y62-generation Nissan Patrol that dates back to 2010.
The luxury subsidiary of Nissan says this new concept car will preview its future design language.
Ahead of the QX Monograph concept’s reveal next week, Infiniti has teased a single image of its double-arched grille. It’s also said to receive the company’s “digital piano key” lighting signature.
We’ve already seen a number of spied prototypes of the next-generation Nissan Patrol wearing heavy camouflage.
That gives extra credence to American reports the new Nissan Armada, which is the North American name for the Patrol, will be revealed imminently. A 2022 report said it could go on sale later in 2023, though it’s unclear if reveal timing has changed since then.
Both the current QX80 and Patrol have the same boxy silhouette with largely cosmetic differences including the headlights, tail lights and interior design.
The new Patrol will reportedly be petrol-powered once again, as is the case with the current model.
Although the current model is V8-powered, reports from the USA suggest the Armada will sub its naturally aspirated V8 for a smaller, more fuel-efficient twin-turbo six-cylinder unit.
That move would align it with the latest Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, along with American rivals such as the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.
The new QX80 reportedly features a cleaner, more modern design akin to the latest Range Rover, according to dealers who’ve seen the car. Inside, it’ll reportedly feature a slim screen spanning the width of the dashboard.
It’s unclear at this stage how different the next QX80 will look inside from the next Patrol/Armada.
The current, Y62-generation Patrol entered production in 2010 and has been through two facelifts. The latest update brought a new dashboard design and modern infotainment system, however only for left-hand drive models.
The car currently on sale in Australia still lacks features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On the local front, a Warrior version of the current Patrol, fettled by local outfit Premcar, is due to launch late this year.