What Is It?
The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is a compact luxury crossover designed to slot below the QX50 in Infiniti’s growing lineup. We aren’t surprised to see it, as the compact-luxury-crossover market is hot and Infiniti showed a QX30 Concept earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show.
On the outside, the QX30 looks like it’s perfect for the compact-luxury-crossover segment, boasting raised ground clearance and a smaller design that uses several unmistakable Infiniti styling cues such as a large front grille and a kinked C-pillar. Inside, the QX30 also boasts a traditional Infiniti look that marries luxury with a stylish dashboard and a large center screen.
Although Infiniti has not yet announced a powertrain for the QX30, we suspect it’ll use the same 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that will be installed in the upcoming Q30 compact hatchback. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic will be the sole transmission, and available all-wheel drive is capable of transferring up to 50 percent of the crossover’s power to the rear wheels.
As for technology, the Infiniti QX30 will offer the brand’s InTouch infotainment system, along with a 7-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, Infiniti’s Around View camera and an automated parking system that Infiniti claims will make the QX30 “the easiest car to park in its segment.”
Although Infiniti hasn’t announced pricing, we expect to see the QX30 start somewhere in the low-$30,000 range.
When Can You Get It?
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The compact-luxury-crossover segment is heating up, and Infiniti’s entry appears to have a lot to offer. In addition to boasting a wide array of modern technology, the QX30 touts a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and handsome, cutting-edge styling. We also suspect it’ll offer sporty handling, much like other Infiniti models, and we think pricing will be highly competitive compared to rivals.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 BMW X1 — The sportiest crossover in this segment is the BMW X1, which was recently redesigned for 2016. While the X1 offers more power than the QX30, we suspect it’ll also be more expensive.
2016 Lexus NX — Lexus’ compact NX crossover offers gasoline or fuel-efficient hybrid models. It also touts a wide range of modern gadgets, bold styling and a luxurious interior. Most importantly, you don’t have to wait to get it, as it’s available now.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class — Despite their highly different brand names, the QX30 and the GLA-Class will have a lot in common. Specifically, they’ll share a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine — and possibly other features, too. But while the Infiniti is still months from going on sale, the GLA is available now, and it’s surprisingly affordable, as well.
Used Infiniti QX60 — If you like the QX30 but need more space, consider Infiniti’s 3-row QX60, which touts a smooth driving experience and a lot of modern technology. It’s more expensive than the QX30, though, so you may have to consider a used model.