2017 Infiniti QX30 Crossover Stands Out from Rivals

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With the introduction of the QX30 here at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, Infiniti is taking aim at small crossovers like the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and the Audi Q3.

Simply, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 is a raised version of the Q30 hatchback, kind of like how the Mercedes GLA is a crossover version of the A-Class. In fact, that’s a perfect way to describe it, as this Infiniti uses the same platform as its Mercedes competition.

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But the QX30 stands out from its rivals with the swoopy styling one should expect from Infiniti. Very little has changed from the concept we saw in Geneva earlier this year, meaning it still has an elegant, organic design that really captures your attention.

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Inside, the crossover features an asymmetric layout and comes standard with high-quality black cloth, while optional black or beige Nappa leather will also be available.

Infiniti paid special attention to the seats of the QX30 and designed the seat backs to match the curvature of the spine to reduce pressure on your back muscles. The automaker promises that this feature, along with the quiet cabin, will make the QX30 ideal for long trips.

The QX30 features a low-slung roofline, an elevated ride height and a rugged stance that inspires confidence on and off the road. Helping to make its point, the small crossover will feature an all-wheel-drive system that can send 50 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels when slippage is detected.

What engine will be used? Infiniti isn’t saying for sure, but the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Q30 will be right at home here. That engine is good for 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Paired to that motor is a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with a manual mode.

The QX30 will also offer a number of high-tech driver assistance features including intelligent cruise control and an intelligent parking assist with a 360-degree around view camera system.

It may be strange that the QX30 uses a platform borrowed from the Mercedes GLA it’s competing against, but Infiniti has done more than enough to make its own offering a unique entry in this field. It’s part of Infiniti’s global strategy, and will likely be a hit in markets like China, Mexico and Western Europe. The QX30 will be made at a new production facility in Sunderland, U.K., and will go on sale in the middle of 2016.

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  • Jeff Safire

    Though it may have a plethora of cameras for a 360* view, the direct visibility looks to be pretty poor. It sure is nice looking though.

  • johnls39 .

    This vehicle needs to offer leatherette seating surfaces, not cloth seats, regardless of it being the cheapest crossover in the line-up.