Infiniti Prices Out 2017 QX30 Subcompact Crossover
Mercedes-Benz Bones Offered for Less Than 30k
Once Japan’s sportiest luxury brand, Infiniti has been in a bit of a funk as of late. A confusing new naming scheme, disconnected driving dynamics, and price creep have worked against the brand, driving sales downward compared to the brand’s heyday in the mid-2000s. However, thanks to emotive new styling and some fresh metal in the showroom, Infiniti closed its best-ever sales year in 2015, a feat it may repeat this year as well.
The all-new 2017 QX30 will no doubt help with that goal. Slotting into the hotly contested subcompact crossover segment, the QX30 takes much of its structure from the similarly shaped Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Infiniti buyers can expect something of a bargain, however, as the QX30 will start at less than $30,000.
Front-wheel-drive QX30s will be available in base, Luxury, Premium, or Sport trim levels, priced between $29,950 and $38,500. Luxury and Premium trims can also be optioned with all-wheel drive, and those models will demand $34,400 and $37,700, respectively. Curiously, the top-spec Sport model is a front-driver. Infiniti may be saving an all-wheel-drive Sport for a midyear update.
Whatever trim is chosen, all QX30s are powered by 2.0L turbocharged I-4 producing 208 hp and 258 lb-ft. That engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, resulting in a powertrain package that is identical to that of the aforementioned GLA-Class. An engine-idle stop system and standard paddle shifters split the difference between efficiency and sportiness quite nicely, and the Infiniti ought to be a sporty little crossover.
With a body structure and powertrain donated from Mercedes-Benz (Infiniti’s parent company has a strategic partnership with the German brand), the QX30 represents a bargain compared to its corporate sibling. The GLA-Class starts at $32,850 ($2,900 more than a base QX30) with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive gets on for $34,850, or $450 more than a comparable Infiniti.
Furthermore, the QX30’s price undercuts that of almost every competitor in the subcompact luxury crossover class. It comes in several thousand dollars cheaper than the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Lexus NX, and only the less powerful, stodgier Buick Encore is cheaper. While beauty is subjective, we like the QX’s upscale-Japan styling better than the others, too.
Furthermore, Infiniti will offer early adopters of its new baby an interesting reservation package. Customers who reserve their QX30s now will receive a special gift from Infiniti when they take delivery. Reservation Program perks include the customer’s choice of a GoPro Hero4 Silver, a shopping card to Gilt, a one-night stay at a Starwood resort, Bose wireless headphones, or a curated dining experience. Each gift is worth around $400.
Infiniti’s new base model will hit U.S. showrooms later this year, and we’re eager to give it a shakedown.