Every auto manufacturer is joining the lucrative crossover wagon, so as Infiniti with the upcoming QX30. Infiniti markets the QX30 in the premium compact segment, and it’s not short of competitors as the QX30 will face rivals such as Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The 2015 Infiniti QX30 also made its debut in both Los Angeles and Guangzhou motor shows simultaneously.
Based on the Q30 hatchback, the QX30 is Infiniti’s interpretation of giving its hatchback model a higher road clearance and all-wheel drive. These two attributes will translate into a crossover, hoping to attract a good number of young and new-to-Infiniti buyers.
At the launch, Infiniti’s President Roland Krueger commented, “The QX30 active crossover is joining our new premium compact family at the right time and will broaden our offer to new customers around the world. With our recent sales successes and record growth, the current product offensive will further strengthen Infiniti’s global market position.”
No confirmed details on the technical specs yet, but it’s expected to be powered by the similar 2.0-litre 208bhp turbocharged engine with seven-speed dual clutch transmission that propels the Q30. Its all-wheel drivetrain is capable to distribute close to 50 percent of the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle to maintain traction in various conditions. Other goodies for the QX30 include Intelligent Cruise Control, InTouch infotainment system & Infiniti Voice Recognition.
The QX30 is slated to arrive in showrooms in selected markets by mid-2016. It’s unclear as yet whether the model will arrive on our shores, but with the market leaning towards premium vehicles as such, things certainly do look hopeful.