The Infiniti QX60 Monograph, wrapped in a glossy platinum shade, previews a more upscale and imposing look for the iconic family-focused SUV of the brand.
“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.
A “Monograph” gives a concrete insight into how Infiniti wants to transform a future model, rather than a design analysis or idea. Any of the proportions and structural features that will adorn the brand ‘s upcoming three-row SUV are previewed in the QX60 Monograph.
Based exclusively on the exterior, the QX60 Monograph was envisioned by Infiniti designers as a stylish yet practical solution for an active, modern family. A broad stance, sleek greenhouse, horizontal shoulder line and muscular wheel arches are included in the proportions. This combination produces an imposing stance and an established persona of the SUV.
“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 center 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 new QX60 is perfect for families and is known for providing convenient, dedicated three-row seating and spacious packaging. Infiniti’s aim to retain these strengths when transforming the vehicle with more aerodynamic, muscular silhouette is demonstrated by the proportions of the QX60 Monograph.
The Monograph, viewed from the side, exposes its strong horizontal hood, muscular fenders and long wheelbase. The outcome is a long, sophisticated profile, combined with the gentle rake of the A-pillar and the tapered, teardrop-like glasshouse.
The QX60 Monograph, engraved with the Infiniti brand, includes large alloy wheels that fill the prominent fenders and enhance the aesthetic influenced by performance. The wide body and track at the rear, together with the horizontal window line, offer the QX60 Monograph a sense of poise and balance.
Its noticeable center of gravity is elevated by the high shoulder axis. The roof streams into a rear roof spoiler that is slightly incorporated, all in glossy black, to further increase the aerodynamic look of the vehicle. Each of these steps produces the solid, consistent stance of the QX60 Monograph.
“The platinum paint on the QX60 Monograph projects a sense of warmth. The highly reflective nature mimics the qualities of liquid metal, allowing the surface of the body to capture the shadows and lights of the environment in which it is displayed creating a sense of dynamism” said Taisuke Nakamura, senior design director, Infiniti Global Design, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
For a bold visual point, the black roof produces a clear contrast to the vibrant body color. All the supports, roof, front, side and rear glass link smoothly, giving the cabin a panoramic feel and fostering a sense of accessibility.
“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 against each other in a sense of harmony.” Albaisa explains.
The QX60 Monograph, as a complete package show a shift in the path the makers of Infiniti are heading for the next generation QX60. The next generation QX60 production edition is planned in 2021.
The QX60 Monograph will be available for display by the public and the media at Infiniti’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, and at the Beijing International Automotive Show 2020 at the Infiniti stand.
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