Nissan’s luxury arm Infiniti is battling declining sales, and a new volume-selling crossover could be the golden ticket
Infiniti has just revealed a moody shot of the front headlamps of what the company says is the vision of how it plans to transform the QX60 nameplate. While the shot of the QX60 Monograph does not reveal much beyond the LED headlamps – which look quite striking, by the way – we are reliably informed that there is an actual car attached to them. Infiniti will host a virtual reveal of the QX60 Monograph in Yokohama, Japan, on September 25, but before you get too excited it’s worth mentioning the QX60 Monograph is only a design study at the moment. It is a way for the designers to explore the future styling direction of the brand’s three-row SUV.
The current Infiniti QX60 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine, putting just short of 300 horsepower through all four wheels via an intelligent all-wheel drive system. For the successor, we expect Infiniti to rely on the company’s latest 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder worth around 270 horsepower, or even the 3.0-litre twin-turbo or 3.8-litre V6. As for the transmission, Infiniti is rather fond of CVTs which means we can expect more of the same in the upcoming QX60.
Most importantly in order to remedy the stale styling of the current model, the Japanese luxury brand has decided to spruce up the new car with a design by Karim Habib, ex-BMW, that should put the next QX60 right in line with the look of something like the Infiniti QX80 concept and QX Inspiration.
While it’s too early to say how the production car will actually look in the metal given the dimly-lit shot that you see above, we have high hopes for the new SUV. The QX60 can’t fail, particular since Infiniti is struggling with falling sales recently in the face of increasingly tough competition.