Infiniti makes a lot of fun cars and SUVs. But the QX30 may be the best offering in the range on a fun-per-dollar basis — particularly the 2018 QX30 Sport.
Sharing a lot in common with the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, the smallest Infiniti crossover is eager to clip apexes on your favorite twisty road. Yet it remains practical enough for a small family to use as a daily driver, and cheap enough to make it attractive to people who might not be luxury-brand regulars.
2017 Infiniti QX30
We’ve had an idea of what the Infiniti QX30 would be for a while now. Not only did Infiniti bring a concept that was clearly very close to production ready to the Geneva Motor Show back in March, but Infiniti has also already shown us the Q30 hatchback, which is basically the same vehicle. Not only that, but both the Q and QX versions are built on the Mercedes-Benz platform that underpins the A-Class in hatchback form and the GLA-Class in crossover form. But, this is more than a simple rebadging, the QX30 will be built in a Nissan factory and many of the parts and all of the software will be Infiniti.
So there are some surprises still to be had with the QX30, especially since it won’t actually hit dealerships until 2017. But, Infiniti is giving us a good look at the new crossover at the L.A. Auto Show, and to be sure that everyone gets a good look, it is also being shown at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China at the same time. The U.S. and China are likely to be the biggest markets for the QX30, so this debut makes perfect sense.
Update 08-02-2016: Infiniti announced U.S. pricing for the QX30, and the base model is cheaper than the Mercedes-Benz GLA it is based on. Check out the pricing section for more details.
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2017 Infiniti Q30
Launched in 2016, the Q30 is Infiniti’s first luxury hatchback model. Unlike other products which are based on existing Nissan models, the Q30 is actually built on the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class and uses the German car’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Employing a stylish yet sporty design that uses Infiniti’s current styling language, the Q30 is also available as a high-riding crossover, dubbed QX30 in most markets. In the U.S., however, the Q30 is sold as the QX30S, while the crossover is marketed as the QX30 AWD.
With a debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Q30 is Infiniti’s first foray into the compact segment. It looks to be the make’s smallest and most affordable model yet, and Infiniti hopes it can help expand its global presence substantially. It’s a brand new venture for the make, and as such, it comes with a lot of high expectations. Infiniti says it isn’t the “little brother or sister” to some larger model, which is fantastic for drawing in a new audience. But does it have the goods to seal the deal?
Have a closer look at our full review to find out more about that.
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We’ve already seen the 2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept, and we’ve caught the production 2016 Q30 out testing, so it was only a matter of time before we saw a crossover version. That time is now, as Infiniti introduces the QX30 Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
As with so many of these part-SUV, part-hatchback models, the QX30 borrows heavily from the hatchback it is based upon. That’s not a bad thing either, as the Q30 Concept was pretty well-received, and I find it a nice interpretation of Infiniti styling.
With the likes of the Mercedes GLA already occupying this segment and the BMW X1 set to convert to a front-wheel-drive-based crossover in 2016, can the QX30 really make waves when it makes it to production?
Updated 03/02/2015: With just a few hours before its debut in Geneva, Infiniti dropped the official details, images, specs and video on the new QX30 Concept.
Continue reading for my review on the 2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept.