As the best-selling Infiniti model, the QX60 is the brand’s most important vehicle in its lineup. It also arguably is Infiniti’s most forgettable model. The Japanese luxury brand looks ready to reveal a more memorable new version of the crossover SUV on September 24, though, when it pulls the wraps off of the QX60 Monograph prototype.
Although little is known about the vehicle, a recent teaser image of the QX60 Monograph reveals a crossover with high-mounted headlights, distinct LED running lights, and the requisite backlit grille badge. In short, the Monograph appears to crib the front-end styling of the larger, body-on-frame QX80 but softens it somewhat for duty on the more car-like unibody QX60.
Like the QX80 Monograph concept from 2017, which largely mirrored the looks of the production-bound 2018 QX80, we expect the QX60 Monograph to differ little from its forthcoming production counterpart. Save for some show car kit, such as big wheels, additional LED lights, and a coat of over-the-top paint, the QX60 Monograph ought to preview the very crossover that luxury consumers can cut a check for in the coming months.
As with the current QX60, the new model will surely carry over the likes of standard third-row seating, available all-wheel drive, and a reasonable starting price (the 2020 model stickers for $45,375). What ultimately powers the upcoming QX60 remains a mystery, however, we’d wager the 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 of today’s crossover gives way to a variant of either the smaller QX50’s 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the Nissan Frontier pickup’s 310-hp 3.8-liter V-6. Look for a gasoline-electric hybrid variant to rejoin the line, too. Either way, expect the new QX60 to exclusively employ a continuously variable automatic transmission.
We’ll know later this month if the new QX60 looks to shed its predecessor’s rather bland image. Regardless, we’re sure the QX60 Monograph previews a vehicle that’s likely to remain Infiniti’s best-seller in the U.S.
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