2017 QX30 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX30 is a new luxury compact crossover designed to convey a sense of what might be termed elegant aggression. The QX30 shares its platform and powertrain with the recently launched Mercedes-Benz GLA250. Joining a highly competitive market segment, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 goes against such well-executed rivals as the BMW X1, as well as the GLA250 itself.
Some observers have noted a significant resemblance to the compact Mazda3 hatchback, but the QX30 has a look all its own. The internationally focused design theme signals a new product direction for the Infiniti brand. Nissan's premium division clearly wishes to become a major luxury-market player in Europe and other global regions.
Aiming at worldwide sales, crossovers for international markets will be offered with a variety of engines and transmissions. American versions of the QX30 get a single powertrain: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, coupled to an automated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. On the AWD model, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system can transmit up to half of engine power to the rear wheels, whenever sensors detect traction loss.
Three trim levels will be offered: base QX30, sportier QX30S, and QX30 AWD. The all-wheel-drive edition features raised ride height, as well as unique body panels that impart a modest sense of ruggedness.
Infiniti claims that QX30 styling defies the customary vehicle categorization, occupying a segment between premium compact and larger crossover models. In terms of seat design, Infiniti touts the use of spinal support research. Seats are said to be engineered to match the curvature of the human spine, thus minimizing pressure on the back muscles by more equal distribution of the load. Dramatic exterior design, on the other hand, places a limit on space within the asymmetrically shaped cabin.
Voice recognition controls audio and navigation commands. InTouch infotainment features intuitive finger-touch and swipe controls, via a seven-inch touchscreen.
Crash-test results have not yet been issued, but safety takes precedence and the QX30 may be equipped with a number of active-safety and driver-assist features. They include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with emergency braking assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Available Park Assist can guide the QX30 into an open parking space. The available surround-view camera system includes moving-object detection.
The 2017 QX30 comes standard with front-wheel drive and includes InTouch infotainment, as well as 18-inch wheels. Black cloth upholstery is standard, with Nappa leather optional.
QX30 AWD adds all-wheel drive, with slightly taller ride height. Front/rear valance panels are said to be inspired by off-roading.
QX30S raises the sport-performance ante with 19-inch wheels and a lower ride height. Styling touches include unique front and rear fascias; a glossy black grille; leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel; and aluminum pedals and footrests. Sport seats with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support will be available.
Optional designer packages can customize the QX30 interior. City Black couples black upholstery with purple stitching. Cafe Teak features black stitching with brown/black upholstery. Gallery White trims white upholstery with red details.