2017 Infiniti QX30 is one of the first volleys in an all-out attack by Nissan’s premium brand in luxury markets around the world. Also upping sales in the US and China, where it has a stronger presence, Infiniti wants to become a major player in regions such as Europe. As a luxury compact crossover, the 2017 QX30 is starting a great competitive segment with skilled opponents such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and the BMW X1. Infiniti simultaneously premieres the QX30 2017, which will be built at a significantly upgraded and expanded plant in Sunderland, England, at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou shows.
The luxury brand has not revealed full specs or technical briefs on the 2017 Infinity QX30. The new 2017 QX30S AWD was the original QX30 forth in Infiniti name, which means “SUV.” In fact, they were essentially the same car; although significant differences for QX30S AWD includes a higher ride height, just a slight bit of visual “hardiness,” and all-wheel drive.
The close relationship means that the 2017 Infiniti QX30 features Infiniti’s design language of sharp corners and sweeping curves. Baking begins with flow angle nose and rear, for fenders with large wheel wells, over a short incubator with Infiniti’s signature crescent C-pillar, and a sculptural tail.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Interior
2017 Infiniti QX30’s Interior is in line with a new look Infiniti’s and is defined by a dynamic, asymmetrical sweep across the dashboard. High-quality black cloth upholstery will be standard, while optional Nappa leather is available in black or beige. There is no word yet on trim levels, standard and optional features.
Infiniti touts the use of “spinal support” research in the2017 Infiniti QX30 seat design. According to the manufacturer, seats designed to fit the curvature of the spine and pressure on back muscles to reduce the spread load more equally. Both Infiniti models were developed in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz, that as the QX30 shares a platform with the GLA250.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Features
The 2017 Infiniti QX30 comes in three trim levels: base, QX30S and QX30S AWD. The latter adds a raised ride height and unique body panels. When Infiniti originally announced the QX30 for the US, the automaker split the first two QX30 and QX30S-in a different label. Since that initial introduction, the Infiniti cars moved into a single label, although the name V30 are going overseas.
2017 Infiniti QX30 QX30S ups the performance ante with bigger 19-inch wheels and a lower ride height; Styling touches include unique front and rear fascia design, glossy black grille, leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel and aluminum pedals and foot, sports seats with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support are available as options.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Engine
Several international markets will find a range of gas and diesel-powered engines, a 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, but the American QX30 will only get a set-up: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; An automatic 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT); and front wheel drive. Strengthening the QX30S AWD adds four-wheel drive, increased height drive and some semblance of off-roading potential.
During a brief first ride in a 2017 QX30S model, the engine and transmission respond proof, or accelerating from a stop or speed up to catch up. We have experienced hesitation with turbo fours and DCTs, especially at low speeds, but that was not the case with the V30 tested us. Infiniti claimed acceleration to 60 mph in a tick over seven seconds, and it sounds about right.