A redesign for Infiniti’s next-generation QX60 is just around the corner. Infiniti unveiled the QX60 Monograph today in what it calls a “sophisticated yet functional solution for a busy, modern family.” Although the brand, a luxury division of Nissan, did not reveal any interior or mechanical details on the SUV, its exterior suggests a more upright nose that recalls Infiniti’s second-generation FX, a performance-oriented SUV.
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To that end, the QX60 Monograph maintains a high beltline and a roofline that tapers slightly, without much curvature, sandwiching blacked-out window pillars between. Although Infiniti didn’t reveal powertrains, the profile’s short front and lengthy rear overhangs suggest a rear-wheel-drive platform — if it pans out, a major change from the current QX60’s front-drive roots.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the QX60 abandons practicality for performance. Infiniti signaled its intent to maintain “dedicated three-row seating” and “spacious packaging” in the next QX60, which spokesman Kyle Bazemore confirmed would hit showrooms in 2021 as a 2022 model.
The LED lights have what Infiniti calls a “digital piano key” theme, with thick bands of continuous lighting and small gaps between. Lock or unlock the car, and the lights undergo a two-stage sequence of brightening or dimming. Below the headlights are vertical openings similar to those on the QX50, plus a lower bumper opening with chrome trim on the outboard portions that evokes skid plates. In back, horizontal taillights nearly join in the middle; underneath are bumper cutouts that resemble quad tailpipes, though no openings actually exist.
“This is not a concept,” Bazemore said of the Monograph, adding that it’s “pretty dang close” to the production QX60.
Indeed, if the earlier QX80 Monograph concept is any indication, this closely previews what we’ll see come production time. The QX80 Monograph, released in 2017, previewed a heavy refresh for Infiniti’s full-size SUV less than a year later. In contrast, the QX60 Monograph signals a full redesign, Bazemore confirmed.
It comes none too soon. The current QX60, based on the Nissan Pathfinder, showed up as the JX35 for the 2013 model year, only to become the QX60 under a lineup-wide naming overhaul a year later.
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