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Official Infiniti QX30 Concept Teased Ahead of Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 20th, 2015

With the 2015 Chicago Auto Show officially behind us, automakers are looking forward to the next major automotive event – the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which opens doors on March 3. Today we have a teaser from premium automaker Infiniti previewing a new crossover concept called the Infiniti QX30 Concept.

Infiniti QX30 Concept

The name should ring a bell for anyone who’s kept up with Infiniti’s concept cars for the past couple years. You may remember the Infiniti Q30 Concept all the way back from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Infiniti Q30 (pictured below) is a hatchback concept which we expect to see on dealership floors by the end of this year as a 2016MY. Now, today’s preview is for the Q30’s big brother – a compact crossover that bears a near-identical design.

Infiniti Q30 Concept

Looking at the stats Infiniti provided in the accompanying press release, we can expect the Infiniti QX30 to be a sizeable 30mm taller than the Q30 Concept. Stylistically, while the Q30 was intended to be luscious and seductive, the QX30 is intended to be bold and safe. According to Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Director of Design, “The QX30 Concept has been designed to make occupants feel safe and protected inside, and customers can drive in or out of the city without worrying about nicks to the chromework.”

Infiniti has used a heavily sculpted body with their hallmark “dual wave” body lines, along with plenty of bold black accents and chrome, to create a crossover that anyone would count themselves lucky to drive. It’s extremely sporty with extra-large 21-inch multi-shaded aluminum alloys, large exhausts embedded in either side of the bumper, and a carbon fiber spoiler to top things off. We’re guessing we’d see a carbon fiber grille too if this were a front-view picture.

Mechanically, we expect the Infiniti QX30 to ride on the same Mercedes-Benz-sourced MFA platform as the previously revealed Infiniti Q30. Like the Q30, Infiniti will likely launch the production QX30 by the end of the year as a 2016MY. Both premium cars will likely be offered with the same two engine options – either a four-cylinder diesel or petrol – naturally configured for front-wheel drive with AWD as an optional upgrade.

2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept interior

Although we don’t have any official images, we expect the interior of the Infiniti QX30 to hold a similar level of diverse luxury materials as the Q30 Concept did back in Frankfurt. That means they’ll use plenty of leather, metal/chrome and even ceramics to create a cabin that’s progressive enough for today’s young, premium crossover drivers.

All in all, this newest image of the Infiniti QX30 Concept certainly tells us a lot, but we can’t wait for the full reveal in Geneva next month. Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


Infiniti QX30 Concept Teased Ahead of Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Nissan showed us a new Maxima earlier this week, and now Infiniti is taking the spotlight with news of a new concept coming to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month. It’s the Infiniti QX30 Concept, and this is our official teaser of the new concept’s butt:

Infiniti QX30 Concept

Let’s start with the basics – this is a preview for a new premium compact crossover that will launch alongside the new Infiniti Q30 hatch when it hits dealership floors this fall. According to the press release, “the QX30 concept is the Infiniti design vision which will inspire a new premium compact crossover targeted at a new generation of premium customers.”

The release goes on to say that the, “QX30 Concept aims to reignite the premium compact segment with a distinctive approach to design that looks beyond the practicality and conformity expected of the segment.”

What’s this tell us?

It tells us that if you’re one of those old-fashioned utilitarians that demands functional space from your crossover, look somewhere else. On the other hand, if you’re a young hipster who wants the driving dynamics of a sports car with just enough room to pack up a ‘get-away weekend’ when you want one, this will be the car for you.

Infiniti Q30 Concept

Looking at the styling, the rear of the QX30 looks remarkably similar to that of the Q30 Concept we saw about a year and a half ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (above and below).

It’s got the same heavily sculpted rear-end with a nice pair of trapezoid-shaped exhaust pipes that sit inside of the rear bumper. The trunk lid looks like it boasts a small rear spoiler, and we can see racks fit to the roof of the car. The QX30 boasts a wide, high-riding drive, and we expect that this is one of the key ways Infiniti will make the small crossover feel like an SUV behind the wheel.

Infiniti Q30 Concept front

To give you a bit more context for the new concept’s design, Infiniti tells us the QX30 will effectively combine “the sleek lines of a Coupe with the rugged looks and commanding seating position of a crossover … Equally at home in the city as it is on the open road.” Those with a long memory will find that statement remarkably similar to what they said about the Q30 Study back in 2013.

Unfortunately, official details are sparse. We know that the two models – the QX30 and the Q30 – will share the same platform and much of the same design. Beyond that, we’re completely in the dark. Stay tuned for March 3 to see the QX30’s official debut in Geneva.