It is quite a departure from the current QX60 SUV.
The Monograph project has an extremely powerful presence.
The next-generation QX60 will be revealed in 2021.
Never in Infiniti’s 30-year history have the stakes been higher. 2018 and 2019 calendar years were not kind to Nissan’s luxury brand, or to Nissan for that matter. Through it all, the Infiniti QX60 has remained a solid performer for the car company and with the QX60 Monograph, Infiniti wants to shine a new light on the luxury 3-row SUV’s future.
“We commenced the design of the Monograph knowing this was an opportune time to start a discussion about where we are planning to take the QX60 in the future and more broadly, where we are heading as a brand with our design language,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president, Global Design, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
The Infiniti QX60 dates back to 2012 as the JX35 and earned the QX60 moniker the following year. It quickly earned the best-seller’s crown within the Infiniti family but time and the competition quickly caught up to it. It is with a clear understanding of the QX60’s importance that Infiniti has endowed the QX60 Monograph with appealing design cue and a very SUV stance.
Among the highlights of the design exercise, much of it inspired by the brand’s Japanese heritage, are the metal origami grille, the raised beltline, and full-width rear taillights. From the front, the Monograph’s stance is decidedly wider than the current QX60, and far more muscular thanks to the broad hood. The dominant wheel arches and long-wheelbase further emphasize its visual power, as does the integrated roof spoiler.
Literally on top of all of this is the contrasting black roof over the reflective platinum hue. It blends in the glasshouse and accompanying pillars for a premium and special look. Other details include the welcome lighting with a light-up Infiniti logo. It uses intricate “digital piano key” lighting that project various animations and light sequences both upfront and in the rear.
As of now, no details in relation to the cabin or powertrain have been shared. The Infiniti QX60 Monograph “provides a tangible insight into how INFINITI plans to transform a future model”, or from our understanding, the production model will look almost identical. Last year, we attended Infiniti’s 30th-anniversary event where we were shown a video animation that included the next QX60. If memory serves, the Monograph and the vehicle in the video are one and the same.
The production Infiniti QX60 is expected in 2021 and the Monograph will be available for the public and media viewing at Infiniti’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, and on the brand’s stand at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.