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2017 Infiniti QX30

2017 Infiniti QX30
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The brand’s first foray into the compact market

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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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30

Infiniti’s compact competitor that made a big splash

When Infiniti decided to enter the compact crossover segment, we were a little worried, but then we found out that the QX30 was going to have just the slightest bit of Mercedes DNA. We started to get excited. Come 2016, and we finally got to lay eyes on the 2017 QX30, and we were amazed. It’s currently giving the competition a serious run for their money and damn does it look good. Now that some time has passed since it made its debut, we’ve decided it’s about time for the QX30 to spend a little bit of time as TopSpeed’s official wallpaper. We’ve added it to every screen in the building, and we want to share our hand-picked favorite with you. Go ahead and spruce up your desktop with our favorite or one from our extended gallery.

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Subtle Update For The 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 Brings Important Safety Tech As Standard

Subtle Update For The 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 Brings Important Safety Tech As Standard

It is not exactly common to see a new car unveiled with a designation such as the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30. Nevertheless, Infiniti’s new QX30 received a few changes compared with the 2018 model. Most importantly, automatic emergency braking, previously optionally available only for top two trim levels, is now a standard issue across the range.

And the range has a different ring to it. For the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 (official Infiniti designation, mind you), trim levels were renamed, equipment shuffled, and prices went up a bit. What once was Base, Luxury, and Premium, now is Pure, Luxe and Essential. It has a better ring to it without a doubt. The only trim level that retains the old name is the Sport.

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2018 Infiniti QX30 Sport

2018 Infiniti QX30 Sport

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.

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2017 Infiniti QX30

2017 Infiniti QX30

The brand’s first foray into the compact market

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Infiniti QX30.

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Infiniti Q30 Will Be Rebadged As QX30 In The U.S.

Infiniti Q30 Will Be Rebadged As QX30 In The U.S.

In 2015, Infiniti launched a new lineage of compact vehicles that includes a hatchback and a crossover. They were introduced as the Q30 and QX30, respectively, and they’re both coming to the us. However, Infiniti decided that the cars are too similar and that they should come to North America sharing the same name.

Confused? Let me explain.

For the U.S. and Canadian markets, Infiniti grouped all models related to the Q30 hatchback under a single moniker, the QX30. Specifically, whereas Europe and other markets will get the hatchback with a Q30 badge, U.S customers will order it as the QX30. The sports version of the hatch, launched as the Q30S at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will be marketed as the QX30S.

Finally, the QX30, essentially a raised hatchback with cladding around the wheel arches and the side skirts, will be sold as the QX30 AWD. As the name suggests, the crossover will be the only one to feature an all-wheel-drive system, while the QX30 and QX30S will be front-wheel-drive.

All three models will be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that cranks out 208 horsepower through a seven-speed, dual-clutch, automatic gearbox. As a brief reminder, the powerplant is borrowed from the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, on which Infiniti’s premium hatch and crossover are based on.

U.S. and Canadian sales will begin in mid-2016, with starting prices set around $30,000.

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2017 Infiniti Q30

2017 Infiniti Q30

The company’s first foray into the compact segment

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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2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept

2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept

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.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Infiniti Q30 Caught Testing in the Snow

Spy Shots: 2016 Infiniti Q30 Caught Testing in the Snow

It’s been a little more than a year since the Q30 Concept debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the production version of Infiniti’s compact hatchback is finally taking shape. Spotted for the very first time in November 2014, the Q30 prototype returns to public roads for some proper winter testing. Unfortunately, Infiniti has yet to relieve the Q30 of its thick camouflage and there are no new details to gaze at except for the extra duct tape and a different set of wheels.

That’s not to say the upcoming Infiniti Q30 is a mystery. We actually know quite a lot about the company’s premium compact, including the fact that it rides on a Mercedes-Benz platform and uses a turbo-four sourced from the same manufacturer. If you’re wondering why is there a Mercedes engine in an Infiniti, then we will remind you that Nissan and Daimler signed a partnership that enables the companies to share technology and save money at the same time.

The first results of this cooperation are already in dealerships and include the brand-new Smart ForTwo, which is based on the Renault Twingo, as well as a host of Renault-powered Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class models. The Q30 is the next child to come from this marriage and from the looks of things, it’s the most exciting product yet.

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Spy Shots: Infiniti Q30 Caught Testing For The First Time

Spy Shots: Infiniti Q30 Caught Testing For The First Time

Looks like Infiniti is already testing its upcoming 2016 Q30 luxury crossover on the street of Europe. The compact crossover/hatchback is set to help fill in Infiniti’s smaller end of its SUV and Crossover lineup, falling below the QX50.

You might be wondering why the Q30’s name doesn’t include an X, designating its crossover status. Well, Infiniti is planning on adding that X to the Q30’s name when a second, higher-riding soft-roading version comes to market. Combined, the Q30 and the QX30 will fill both the hot hatch and subcompact crossover segments.

The Q30/QX30’s identity crisis actually stems from its foundations. Riding under that Infiniti bodywork in a Mercedes-Benz GLA, complete with its 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder. Like the GLA’s two iterations, the taller GLA 250 and the sportier GLA 45 AMG, the Q30 and QX30 will likely have just as much separating in their intent.

While the word is still out, it’s possible the sportier Q30 could get a similar version of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine as the GLA 45 AMG — the one that makes 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque — while the QX30 would get the GLA’s less-powerful 2.0-liter that makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Besides the greasy bits, the Q30’s shape looks rather similar to the GLA’s, especially from the rear quarter view. The Q30 will also get Infiniti’s large corporate grille and a QX50-like C-pillar kink.

We can expect the Infiniti Q30 to debut in time for the 2016 model year.

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