The new 2017 Infiniti QX30 comes with a sharp style, plenty of luxury features, and a turbocharged performance. For those seeking everyday utility and thrills bundled in a sophisticated package, the QX30 hatchback is certainly the ideal fit. In addition to the aforementioned features, the vehicle also comes with a competitive performance and driving dynamics, a bold styling, and a variety of versatility options. Its release date should be expected sometime in January 2017, at least according to latest info reaching our news-desk.
Inasmuch as we have referred the 2017 QX30 as a hatchback, Infiniti says that the new model is in fact a fusion of crossover, coupe, and hatchback body styles. If you ask me, I’d say Infiniti is hedging its bets in the upcoming five-door luxury compact segment, which is still reeling from uncertainty. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes for Infinity in the long run.
With its prominent headlights, sculpted sides, low and angular rooflines, and long hood, the vehicle under review compares similarly to the outlandishly-styled Nissan Juke. Despite its meager dimensions, the new model offers moderate off-highway ability, a higher driving position, and a reasonable ground clearance.
The new model stays true to the original QX30 Concept design that boasts of elegant ad powerful design cues. The design-led approach to product development is also exemplified by the unique asymmetric cabin and crossover stance design. Furthermore, the Infiniti QX30 2017 is able to maneuver comfortably in suburban, urban, and winding rural roads thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system, versatile attitude, inspiring handling, and the aforementioned ride height elevation.
Just like the Infiniti QX30 Concept design that was unveiled during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the new model creates a striking visual impact thanks to the combination of the crossover appearance, elevated stance, and a low-slung roofline. The design results in a premium-look, which to begin with, was Infiniti’s main objective.
Under the hood, the new 2017 Infiniti QX30 will come equipped with a 208-horsepower – generating 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that Infiniti borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. An intelligent AWD system is available, as is a seven-speed automatic transmission system.
Based on the pricing structure alone, the new 2017 Infiniti QX30 will be up against rivals such as the 2017 Lexus NX 200t, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q3, and the Mini Cooper Countryman.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Release Date & Price
Pricing info is still under wraps at least as at the time of this review writing. Nevertheless, those in the know claim the new model will be offered for an MSRP starting from around $32,000 for the base model and up to $40k for the well-equipped model. As regards the 2017 QX30, expect the vehicle to go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Exterior
As already mentioned above, the new QX30 2017 comes with the same design cues that were highlighted on the 2015 Geneva Motor Show QX30 concept. It perfectly balances striking aesthetic elements with a low-slung roofline and an elevated stance. This exterior expression added to other distinctive features such as an intelligent all-wheel drive system and around 7-inches of ground clearance give it a “go-anywhere” attitude without making any concessions on the finish and refinement of the whole vehicle.
The QX30 also an emotional creation courtesy of the turbulent, sculpted character lines, and dramatic curves that endow its exterior design. Up front, the overall design gets an organic shape thanks to the double-arch grille that joins the headlamps via the flowing, fluid link. The contents of the color palette are offered on the specifications area.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Interior
The bold statement that manifests on the exterior also continues inside the QX30 interior. The result of this is an interior that is not only dynamic and modern, but is also expressive. Some of the features to expect include Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a navigation package, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, text-messaging capability, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
No details about trims has been offered by Infiniti yet. Updates concerning the same, if any, will be made once the info is confirmed. Check back sometime closer to its release date.
Different markets will get different engines. For the U.S market, it is highly anticipated that Infiniti will offer a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine – the same mill that lurks beneath the hood of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The output therefore, should be expected to be 208 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque.
A slew of driver-assistance and safety technologies are available. Such items include a forward collision warning, a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, 360-degree rearview display, and an autonomous parallel parking. Government crash impact safety results should be expected soon.