The Monograph is ready for an Autograph.
The Infiniti QX60 Monograph we saw in September last year, has taken the production form and is confirmed to go on sale in North America in late 2021. The new QX60 offers up to 7 seats, but the range-topping ‘Autograph’ trim (featured in the photos here) comes with luxurious captain’s chairs as standard for the second row. Check out the detailed photo gallery here.
Let’s talk a li’l bit about the styling then. The production model retains most of the styling elements from the Monograph concept, including the origami-inspired mesh grille, chrome inserts under the front bumper, piano key-inspired light signatures, chrome lining for the windows, “kimono fold” roof, and even those tacky-looking fake exhausts. I guess I’ll never understand why a luxury crossover needs fake, chrome exhausts. Anyway, unlike the aforementioned concept that has flush door handles, the production version goes with the traditional pull-type handles. The wheel design is also fairly similar to the concept, but these are not 22-inches, but a more sensible 20-inch ones.
The luxurious cabin features quilted semi-aniline leather and open-pore wood appointments. The first row gets “zero gravity” seats. Developed in association with Keio University, these seats are claimed to replicate the experience felt by astronauts in zero-gravity (microgravity) conditions by following the natural curvatures of the human spine and reducing the pressure on the hips. Other features include 8-way power-adjustment and heating function for the front seats, seat massaging with three modes for the front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch driver display, a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a 10.8-inch head-up display, up to seven available USB ports, onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and an optional 17-speaker Bose audio system.
As for the cargo space, the new QX60 claims to offer 1,178 litres (41.6 cubic feet) with the third row folded down, while the underfloor storage is claimed to be 54.1 liters (1.9 cubic feet).
Safety and driver assistance systems include the Propilot Assist with Navi Link that takes help from the navigation system to help slow the vehicle for sharp bends, for example. If opted for the Traffic Sign Recognition, the Propilot can slow the QX60 to the required speed limits. Other active safety features such as Rear Automatic Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection are standard on all trim levels of the QX60. Adaptive Front Lighting and Auto-Leveling Headlights are optional though.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the new QX60 is powered by the same, 220 kW (299 metric hp) 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine as the previous-gen model, however, this time it is paired with a ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox that drives the front wheels as standard. When opted for an AWD system, certain grades of the QX60 according to Infiniti, can tow up to 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg) — a 20% improvement over the previous model.