Infiniti QX30 Crossover Concept Bound for Geneva
The onslaught of premium compact crossovers continues with a new concept from Infiniti, the QX30. Based on the Q30 concept car, the QX is raised over its sibling by more than an inch, with a few soft-roader styling cues thrown in for good measure.
The company has only released one image of the vehicle so far, but it looks like its basic body styling apes that of the Q30 hatchback, differing only in details. For example, the crossover features more lower-body cladding than the hatchback, and rather than a diffuser-style rear bumper, the QX30 has a large (likely simulated) skidplate. Different wheels and the slightly elevated stance complete the transformation, insofar as we can tell.
Infiniti says the QX30 “combines the sleek lines of a coupe with the distinguishing features and higher stance of a crossover.” It’s not a totally unfair statement to make, as the concept does indeed have sporty styling. We like the Infiniti-trademark kinked chrome window trim and the swoopy body sculpting, at least in the one view we’ve gotten so far.
If the production version looks as nice as the concept (which we think it will—Infiniti has a great history of show-car style in its production vehicles), then it’ll be arguably the best looking vehicle in its class. Compared to the somewhat dowdy Buick Encore and the svelte Audi Q3, the Infiniti is uniquely Japanese, in the best way possible.
Infiniti has all but confirmed that both the Q30 hatch and QX30 crossover will go into production sometime this year. On-sale dates and prices have not been announced yet, but we’d expect the QX to start at around $30,000, hopefully undercutting its German competition.