2017 INFINITI QX30 Overview
Compact luxury crossovers are becoming more and more common, and INFINITI has been right there in the market with its EX35. Now it's decided to redesign its entrant and the result is the QX30, a taller, all-wheel-drive version of the new Q30 compact SUV. The QX30 made its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Most automakers say their new designs make a "bold statement," but in this case INFINITI backs it up with curvy styling across the front, sides and back. INFINITI styling cues, including the grille and rear-roof pillar, carry through to the QX30.
The rear glass slants forward, which likely will cut into cargo room, but we'll have to wait until we get up close with the QX30 to see how much of an effect it will have. INFINITI also says the lower bodywork trim is grained for a rugged look and features satin-finished chrome inserts for a luxurious look.
If the exterior wasn't curvy enough, fear not: INFINITI carries the swoops to the inside with a design that it says features "dissymmetry" to create a more pleasant environment. The standard interior is black cloth, and black or beige leather is optional.
The front seats have been designed to reduce driver fatigue by featuring a shape that more closely follows the shape of the human spine. Also, the seats are wider, with a soft seat cushion to further support the driver.
Finally, INFINITI said it designed the interior with extensive sound-absorbing materials to cut down on wind, road and engine noise in the cabin.
Under the Hood
INFINITI hasn't yet finalized which engines are coming to the U.S. and other markets, but look for more information closer to when it debuts in the middle of 2016. We expect it to use the same 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that the Q30 uses. The QX30 will feature standard all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Adaptive cruise control and INFINITI's around-view monitor — which gives you a bird's-eye view of the QX30 when you're trying to park — are the highlights here, but again, we'll need to wait for more details on availability.
Overview courtesy of Cars.com