The 2017 Infiniti QX30 review
Infiniti the manufacturers insist that the brand new QX30 is neither a coupe, hatchback nor cross over, but a “fusion” of all three designs.
With its long hood, low and angular roof line, sculpted sides and prominent headlights, the QX30 has the looks of a Nissan Juke though with better genes. Very experienced Infiniti observers would notice a compressed version of the QX50, the crossover formerly called the EX. The QX30 seems to replace the Q40 sedan as the smallest model in Infiniti’s family.
Even with its small size, however, the QX30 has a respectable 13 cubic feet of cargo space and a reasonable 7.6 inches of ground clearance for a higher driving position and moderate off-highway driving.
However, while the QX30’s body shape and sheet metal bears family resemblance, under the skin is a chassis constructed by Mercedes-Benz, this is the result of a partnership between the two auto producers.
Options Under the Hood
The Mercedes partnership reaches even under the hood, with the Infiniti QX30 operating on a 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the Mercedes linage paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. (All-wheel drive is available).
The QX30 is going for keeps with interior design and refinement. The cabin features soft, leather-wrapped surfaces, available in four different options that curve, dip and rise with a sort of modern architectural cool. Tactile buttons, switches and a sharp set of analog gauges, meanwhile, adding a touch of timeless class and function.
Infiniti “InTouch” is the auto producer’s package of navigation, entertainment and smartphone-connected options that includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice composition and playback of text messages and e-mails, and an optional 10-speaker Bose audio system.
When is it up for grasp and for what price?
The automakers haven’t announced the pricing, but it is expected that the QX30 price would start from around $30,000 when it goes on sale in mid-2016. In additionally, there will be the sportier QX30 S and the slightly taller QX30 AWD (all-wheel-drive) versions available.
Driver assistance and safety technologies is sure to feature an autonomous parallel parking, a 360-degree rearview display, lane departure warning, a blind spot monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control system.
with just a few models available, it’s hard to call compact luxury hatchbacks a growing class. However, as luxury automakers increase the size of their bread-and-butter cars and crossovers, newer, smaller models make a more affordable choice for many buyers.