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Infiniti QX30 Concept Fully Revealed Ahead of Geneva [VIDEO]

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Infiniti QX30 Concept

The subcompact crossover segment has been a veritable gold rush for automakers all over the world. Its profitability seemingly came out of nowhere. In the beginning, only a few automakers – and even fewer premium automakers – had anything to offer in the segment. However, today we have an explosion of premium compact crossovers to choose from, such as the new Buick Encore, Audi Q3 and Lexus NX.

In 2016, we will add Infiniti to that growing list of automakers with an offering in the hotly competitive segment, and this soundless B-roll video shows us a conceptual take of the car that will get them there:

Although it’s a bit dry, this behind-the-scenes look at the Infiniti QX30 Concept gives us a full preview of what to expect when we see the car in-the-metal at the Geneva Motor Show. And we have to say that after seeing this, our expectations are high.

Infiniti QX30 Concept roof

Not only is this a great looking compact crossover, Infiniti looks to have done an excellent job of defining their specific brand image with this new concept. It’s the perfect mix of modern, sporty and fluid, like it’s moving even when standing still. At the same time, the double-arch grille and heavily sculpted body give it that slight quirky appeal that also set the Nissan Juke apart from the rest.

Granted, we already had some idea what the exterior of the Infiniti QX30 Concept would look like due to the previous teaser and the fact that it borrows its design language from the Infiniti Q50…

Infiniti QX30 Concept interior

However, this is our first time seeing the interior, and to say it stands out is an understatement. We love the color scheme that Infiniti has infused into the cabin with rich chestnut brown and cobalt blue being the primary colors, and neon purple and silver chrome serving as accents.

We don’t want to spend too much time nitpicking the QX30 Concept since we’ll have a lot more to talk about when it hits the floor at Geneva, but if you’re anything like us, you’re excited!

In the meantime…

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2011 BMW X1

2011 BMW X1

One of the longest standing members of the premium compact crossover segment is the BMW X1. Even still, as a 2011 model year, this would have only been the second year that the X1 was in production.

2011 BMW X1 sDrive 18

This particular Japanese car auction find is a BMW X1 sDrive 18i with a 2.0L engine outputting 150hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. With the sDrive, you’re going to get a rear-wheel drive vehicle, and it’s got a beautifully sleek design and stands as the smallest model in BMW’s lineup of SUVs.

To learn more, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2011 BMW X1 auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered December 2011, sDrive 18i model, AT, ABA emissions code, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbags, model year unknown, RHD, front windscreen scratched, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, seats wrinkled, light scratches, exterior paintwork, rust on muffler and suspension, marks as per map”


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.