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The QX60 Monograph, unveiled recently, reveals the vision of how Infiniti plans to transform the next-generation QX60.
Dressed in a reflective platinum hue, the Infiniti QX60 Monograph previews a more upscale and commanding design for the brand’s popular family-focused SUV.
“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.
The QX60 Monograph previews some of the proportions and design elements that will adorn the brand’s future three-row SUV. The production version of the next generation QX60 is expected in 2021.
Focused solely on the exterior, Infiniti designers imagined the QX60 Monograph as a sophisticated yet functional solution for a busy, modern family. The proportions include a wide stance, sleek greenhouse, horizontal shoulder line and muscular wheel arches, the combination of which creates a commanding posture and defined SUV persona.
“In crafting this Monograph, we wanted to change the tonality of the QX60 and transform the nameplate from a sculptural and architectural point of view. We raised the visual centre of gravity, giving it a strong, straight shoulder line that carries through to the hood, with a higher, more prominent grille, and longer-looking cabin to deliver a sense of muscularity and a commanding presence” Albaisa said.
The current QX60 is popular with families and is known for offering spacious packaging and comfortable, dedicated three-row seating. The proportions of the QX60 Monograph illustrate Infiniti’s intention to maintain these strengths while transforming the model with a more aerodynamic, muscular silhouette.
Viewed from the side, the Monograph shows off its powerful horizontal hood, muscular fenders and long wheelbase. Paired with the gentle rake of the A-pillar and tapered, teardrop-like glasshouse, the result is a long sweeping, sophisticated profile.
Embossed with the Infiniti name, QX60 Monograph features large alloy wheels that fill the pronounced fenders and reinforce the performance-inspired aesthetic.
At the rear, the wide body and track, paired with horizontal window line give QX60 Monograph a sense of poise and stability.
The high shoulder line raises its visual centre of gravity. The roof flows into a subtly integrated rear roof spoiler – also in gloss black – to further enhance the car’s aerodynamic appearance. Each of these measures create QX60 Monograph’s strong, stable stance.
“The QX60 Monograph embodies the Japanese concept of ‘Ma,’ a sense of minimalism where designers seek harmony, adding just the right amount of elements with very specific meaning to create something special. This is evident on the body, where at a glance it is simple, but when you get closer, you see that there are elements that are playing together in a sense of harmony,” Albaisa explains.
A large panoramic roof features a “kimono fold” pattern. This geometric feature, a series of intricate perpendicular lines, draws inspiration from the folds of a silk kimono and the structures of Japan’s modern architecture.
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