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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.

Is This The First Teaser Of The Infiniti QX30 Crossover?

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Yesterday Infiniti released the first teaser heralding an all new addition to the lineup coming at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Although we only have this single image to go on, the timing of the unveiling and a few pre-existing rumors help paint a picture of what you can expect at the unveiling.

First, though, let’s get a good look at that teaser photo:

Infiniti QX30 Crossover Teaser Maybe

As you can see, all we have to go on is a darkened front grille with an unprecedented linear design, instead of the typical mesh grille we’ve come to expect from new Infiniti models. The lines around the grill are swoopy and well-defined, which leads us to believe that the car in question features an aggressive front-end, perhaps one that belongs on a smaller car.

With that in mind, let’s think about upcoming small cars in Infiniti’s lineup… The first one that comes to mind is last year’s Infiniti Q30 Concept (below), which the premium Japanese automaker has confirmed will begin production at the beginning of 2015. So, the Paris Motor Show car could be that production model.

2014 Infiniti Q30 Concept

But, Inifiti also hinted at a slightly larger crossover-version of the Inifiti Q30, which will reportedly begin production at the same time next year in Europe. The new compact crossover would be called the Infiniti QX30, and would be available in the US and Europe just like the new Q30.

Ultimately, it’s too soon to say exactly what this new Infiniti model will end up being. Depending on who you’re talking to, you might hear that it’ll be a large flagship SUV called the Infiniti Q80. Others will tell you that it’ll be the range-topping Porsche-rivalling coupe Infiniti has promised will come at some point. Or, it could be just about anything else… Infiniti recently committed to expanding their lineup by 60% over the next five years, which leaves us with a lot of possibilities.

Whatever it is, though, one thing is for sure: this is going to be a very important car for Nissan’s premium marque. The only statement that they made with the teaser is that, “Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before by the company.” Take that however you like, but it sure sounds important. We’ll keep you updated as it gets closer to the 2014 Paris Auto Show in a couple months.

What Infiniti & Nissan Brought to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Doors opened to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show today. As you might expect from our previews last week, there are a ton of new Japanese cars to talk about. While we’d like to devote a full blog post to each new car and concept showcased in Frankfurt (we’re nothing if not thorough), unfortunately, it’s just not feasible. So, instead, we’re going to group our Frankfurt coverage by brand marque; we’ll start today with Nissan and Infiniti.

Infiniti Q30 Concept Targets “Younger Customers Coming Into the Premium Segment”

First up we have the highly anticipated Infiniti Q30 Concept. We’ve already seen lots of previews, so chances are you’re familiar with the design. What we didn’t know is that this vivacious five-door hatchback is going to be Infiniti’s first major push towards younger drivers. Apparently, Infiniti is prepared to acknowledge that the future of luxury is in youth, and so their “future growth in the premium sector is about more than shifting customer demographics.” It’s about shifting attitude; it’s about changing the way a premium car appeals to a buyer.

Towards that end, the Infiniti Q30 Concept is a self-acknowledged design mash-up. It’s undeniably attractive, but it doesn’t quite fit into the normal market segments. It’s technically labeled a hatchback, but no one would fault you for calling it a crossover. The goal here is to cast a wide net to a larger base of customers, and then hope that the Q30’s natural appeal and (we’re hoping) excellent drivability will move units off the lot.

Unfortunately, the one thing we knew nothing about – technical specs – is also the one thing Infiniti declined to share with us in Frankfurt.

Infiniti Announces a New Flagship Car

The Q30 Concept was Infiniti’s primary showcase in Frankfurt, but they made one other interesting announcement about their future flagship car.  This new upmarket vehicle is rumored to arrive in 6 years, and it will likely be built tuned with help from Red Bull Racing.

Unfortunately, that’s about all we know as Infiniti’s boss, Johan de Nysschen, deliberately withheld any further details. He said, “I’ll leave you to decide whether our new flagship is a saloon, coupe or supercar, but it will be a car. We won’t have an SUV like it is now.”

Nissan X-Trail / Rogue

Last, but not least, we have Nissan’s 2014 X-Trail, which is Nissan’s first car to be engineered with the new Renault-Nissan Common Module Family. For those of you don’t know, CMF is a platform designed to simplify research and development through the use of almost Lego-like components (very simplistic example) that can be applied to numerous vehicle classes and models. And FYI, the Q30 will also be built with CMF.

Nissan Rogue / X-Trail

Basically, we already knew most of what there is to know about the new Nissan X-Trail/Rogue. New features we saw in Frankfurt include a 3rd row of seats, a variety of new technologies in-cabin, and strangely enough, down-sized powertrain options.

Making the X-Trail’s engines smaller may seem odd, but Nissan says that, “By reducing power sapping friction in its drivetrains, new X-Trail provides excellent performance [compared to] the latest generation of downsized engines.” In other words, Nissan’s chosen efficiency over power, and that means smaller engines.

All in all, Nissan and Infiniti both had a great showing in Frankfurt. The Q30 looks just as appealing as it did last week, and the development about the X-Trail’s smaller engine options is certainly intriguing. If you’d like more coverage of Japanese cars shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, be sure to check back tomorrow for Toyota and Lexus.

New Infiniti Q30 Concept Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Earlier in August we discussed the great news that the Infiniti Q30 Concept would be making its official debut next month at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. At the time, we promised to keep you updated should there be any further news on the subject.

Well, as of today, there is.

With your jaw securely fastened to your skull, let your eyes creep down this page to behold the first official image of the new Infiniti Q30 Concept:

Infiniti Q30 Concept Car

She’s a beauty, ain’t she? Obviously, this particular photo is a bit on the artistic side, but it still gives you a very clear idea of what Infiniti’s new concept will look like in the metal.

A Frankfurt debut is appropriate for the new Q30 Concept given Infiniti’s intention for this new offering: to bring their A-game against a competitive market dominated by European automakers. Thus, the Q30 is the result of what Infiniti believes the contemporary (aka, young) European premium driver wants from a compact… It’s sleek, stylish, efficient and completely unique. The Q30 is not quite sedan, not quite crossover, not quite coupe and not quite hatchback; it’s a little bit of everything. These blended styling trends can sometimes come off as misguided or ‘trying too hard’, but the Q30 Concept exudes its unique style and feel with refinery and class; no easy feat.

Infiniti itself admits that the Q30 Concept is “the next step in Infiniti’s foray into new premium segments,” and that the premium compact “will target a new generation of premium customers.” According to the press release, “Infiniti is confident this merging of the dynamic design and sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatch and the higher stance of a crossover will resonate with these customers.”

Unfortunately, while this brand-new preview tells us just about everything we could want to know about the Infiniti Q30 Concept’s appearance (except for specific size), we’re still mostly in the dark regarding the car’s powertrain configuration. Here’s what we know:

* The Q30 will likely feature front-wheel drive and might not even offer all-wheel drive.
* Infiniti is using the platform from Mercedes’ A-Class vehicles, thanks to a technical alliance.
* It’s possible that Infiniti will borrow an engine from Mercedes-Benz, too.
* Even though the Q30’s prequel concepts from previous years showcased hybrid powertrains, it’s reasonably likely the new compact will be petrol only
* Various sources across the web have estimated a powertrain capable of somewhere between 200hp and 260hp

Realistically, though, as long as the Infiniti Q30 drives well, it should do just fine when it eventually makes it to production as a 2015MY. There probably aren’t too many young European drivers who will nitpick over powertrain specs; a unique aesthetic and a thrilling ride are more important.

Either way, this is probably the last we’ll hear about the Infiniti Q30 Concept before the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show opens doors on September 10. Until then, feel free to check out Infiniti’s official press release for more information. Otherwise, stay tuned in a few weeks and we’ll have the full scoop for you.

Source: Infiniti

Infiniti Previews New Compact for Frankfurt With Q30 Concept Rendering

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, August 10th, 2013

As we’ve begun to see over the past few days, this year’s motor show season won’t likely be a boring one. Already we’ve previewed several new cars and concepts to keep an eye out for in the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and today we add one more to that tally. Early this morning, Infiniti published a press release and media set previewing their newest premium concept, the Infiniti Q30.

Go ahead and take some time to soak in the rendering.

Infiniti Q30

As you can see, the Infiniti Q30 Concept rendering depicts a new premium compact car, something that Infiniti’s long been interested in adding to their European portfolio. What you might not realize is that this is the follow-up to three different Concepts, primarily the Infiniti Etherea Concept that originally debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The car also gets inspiration from 2009’s Essence Concept and 2012’s Emerg-e Concept.

Clearly Infiniti has fully embraced an aggressive aesthetic in the two years since the original Etherea. The rendered Q30 features ‘swoopier’ exterior lines, more slanted headlights, a larger grill, a higher belt-line and possibly a lower ride. It looks like the butt has been beefed up a bit too, with the roofline extending further over the back of the car, more hatchback than sedan.

The Q30 Concept becomes even more impressive when you know who’s behind the car’s progression. This is the first vehicle from Infiniti’s new head design director, Alfonso Albaisa. And if that weren’t enough, this is also the first premium car fully built under the oversight of Infiniti’s new Director of Performance and storied F1 racer, Sebastian Vettel, who aims to infuse ‘race-bred performance’ into the brand’s lineup. Well, that’s the marketing spiel anyway.

With two noteworthy figures making their debut, the press release makes it clear that the Q30 Concept is the first step in an overall thematic adjustment for the Japanese luxury brand. The President of Infiniti Motor Company, Johan de Nysschen, said, “[The] Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy… The Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality.”

But, the Infiniti Q30 represents more than a shift in design… When the car goes on sale in (likely) 2015, it’s to be a legitimate competitor in the premium compact segment. With Vettel’s involvement, Infiniti can confidently declare that the Q30 will be unlike any other compact in the premium segment. Alfonso Albaisa proudly describes their achievement, “When you see speedy big cats, like cheetahs, they have a slenderness and a lightweight stride. It’s almost like they’re floating. That’s the muscularity we were aiming for with Q30 Concept.”

If the Infiniti Q30 drives anything like the explosive-but-graceful cheetah that Albaisa compares it too, then brands like BMW and Audi had best prepare for a fight. After all, Europeans can’t keep buying European cars forever! Although, Detroit wouldn’t agree with that statement. Either way, stay tuned for September 10th when we’ll get the full scoop on the Infiniti Q30 Concept and all the jungle cat goodness it entails.

Thanks for reading!

Source: Autoblog