We Get Cozy With The Next-Gen Infiniti QX60 Monograph Prototype
The current Infiniti QX60 three-row SUV is an important product, which sells more examples every year than any other model of the brand. But in terms of driving enthusiasm, it’s kind of a padded shirt, which is little more than a Nissan Pathfinder with extra chrome and glitter. That could change if the Infiniti QX60 monograph turns out to be a detailed look at the next-gen midsize crossover.
As a monograph, this QX60 is best described as a prototype, rather than a production-ready model. Still, Infiniti says the design sets the tone for the next-gen QX60, which the company will reveal in 2021. Specifically, the monograph is an overview of the proportions and design elements of the SUV, so we can make some assumptions. on the production model.
Bold new form factor
While the current QX60 vaguely resembles a minivan, with a sloping front end and oversized greenhouse, the monograph is an avowed SUV design. There’s a vertical grille that leads to an almost horizontal hood, while a long wheelbase and tapered greenhouse shape give the prototype a much more formal and traditional design. There’s no denying some Lincoln Aviator influence, particularly the shape of the D-pillar and roof spoiler, but overall the monograph is a big improvement over the 2020 QX60.
The larger and more pronounced wings also give a muscular hand. The domed front wheel arches sit under the hood when viewed from the side, while the rear fenders develop from a sill panel upward. Taken together, the bodywork underscores the extra width of the QX60 monograph. Large wheels (embossed with the Infiniti wordmark) fill the fenders pretty well, again emphasizing the prototype’s bold stance.
Between the arches is a sharp and sharp horizontal character line that starts a few inches below the front fenders and disappears just after crossing under the rear fender. Infiniti claims this feature visually elevates the center of gravity, making the QX60 Mongraph appear taller and more proud. Looking at the side of the body from the front or the back, the horizontal line is a bit tricky and distracting, however. We want it to be integrated a bit more into the fenders.
There’s not much to complain about when it comes to the QX60’s graceful rear and smooth contours. The license plate holder moves from the hatch to the bumper, ditching the chrome trim of the current SUV between the lights in the process. The addition of visual width is the work of a dark tinted tail light element extending from corner to corner, connected top and bottom by the Infiniti logo and wordmark. It’s a much more streamlined design that looks very upscale, while still retaining the brand’s design cues like wing-shaped lighting and the wide Infiniti script.
One of the most interesting design features of the QX60 monograph is its new lighting. Rendered in LED, the front and rear lights receive a new “digital piano key” pattern, with translucent vertical lines separating the daytime running lights. The front and rear lighting also receives a unique welcome animation, with light beaming from the front emblem illuminated through the headlights and side mirror turn signals.
The QX60 monograph has a new greenhouse shape that does away with Infiniti’s “crescent” rear roof pillar – at least in theory. However, the window trim’s unique tweezer-shaped design combines with the rear spoiler to provide a strong reminder of the old design. Everything above the beltline is blacked out, allowing the window surround and chrome roof rails to stand out more.
The monograph also offers a number of quintessentially Japanese themes, starting with a three-dimensional, origami-inspired texture for the grille. Repeated in the air intakes of the front bumper, the grille design is unusual and attractive, although it bears some resemblance to the Lexus spindle grille. And while we haven’t seen it on the monograph yet, Infiniti says the panoramic roof folds like a kimono (whatever that means).
Under the skin
Sadly, Infiniti hasn’t released any interior pictures, but the current QX50 small SUV should give us a good idea of what to expect. The Infiniti InTouch infotainment system is likely, and as one of the best dual-screen setups, that’s fine with us. On high-end models, expect large bands of quilted leather with contrasting colors and stitching, with open-pore wood trim and likely suede accents.
The Monograph’s powertrain is also a mystery, and sadly, it’s hard to guess by guessing. It’s possible that the current QX60 will donate front-wheel drive architecture, a 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission to its successor, which we think would be a shame given the its sporty appearance. We’re hoping for a choice of engines, starting with the company’s new 2.0-liter, variable-compression turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Currently found in the QX50 (where it produces 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet, or 200 kilowatts and 380 Newton-meters), it would make a good entry into the three-row SUV family.
Top-finish models could receive either the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 from the Q50 sedan, developing 300 hp (224 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). The QX60 could also receive Nissan’s new 3.8-liter V6, currently featured in the Frontier pickup, where it develops 310 hp (231 kW) and 281 lb-ft (381 Nm). A continuously variable transmission is likely, although we’d love to see the brand’s nine-speed automatic transmission accompany the move to a rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-gen QX60.
Will the QX60 monograph come into production?
After revealing the Monograph prototype in the metal, Infiniti said it was aiming for a 2021 launch date for the production-ready QX60 – we think it should arrive in time for the 2022 model year. crossover will happen, will it look like this? The last time the company called a design theme “Monograph,” it was a preview for the refurbished 2018 QX80, which has been watered down quite a bit deep in the shift from the show stage to the showroom.
But this design study of the QX60 seems much more achievable than this prototype, with larger mirrors, production-grade wheels, and headlights that look like they’re ready for a dark country road. As such, the next-gen three-row crossover may look a lot like the monograph QX60. And given the stiff competition in the three-row luxury SUV segment – the Lexus RX L, a rumored new Acura MDX, and even upstarts like the Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy – Infiniti will likely want to act quickly to embolden its entry. If that sounds like the monograph, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 is almost guaranteed to continue its streak of sales for the brand.