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The bulbous Infiniti QX80 has ridden along unchanged for a few years now, and to give an idea of where this full-size ‘ute might be going next, the Japanese luxury maker introduced the QX80 Monograph concept at the New York auto show Wednesday. According to Infiniti, the new sheetmetal “shows our concept of luxury and style on the road and is an exploration into how we could enhance our future Infiniti offering in the luxury SUV segment.”

The Monograph is big: more than 16 feet long, almost 6 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide.

Infiniti gets pretty flowery with the description of this copper-colored beast: “We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s ‘Thinker,’ part Michelangelo.” We’re assuming Infiniti was channeling the outspoken Ninja Turtle, not the painter.

To us, it looks like the Easter Island statue from “Night at the Museum,” or maybe a skeptical beaver. Its eyes are narrow, like it just saw something it doesn’t believe, and it has a big nose. The lower grille almost looks like a mouth, with a bucktooth in the middle for gnawing at wood. It also has pudgy cheeks for food storage. At least the profile looks sort of cool.

The design of the current QX has been controversial, and the one before that was polarizing, too. The Monograph is very concept-y, with the wraparound windshield that bleeds into the side windows and those featureless rubber band tires. The black and gold rims are cool, though, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Check out the gallery with the new versus old pictures and let us know what you think. The Monograph doesn’t look that far off from a production car. In a few years when the QX gets redesigned, we expect to see a lot of these cues.