As the best-selling Infiniti model, the QX60 crossover 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.