After we saw the new Q30 hatchback introduced in Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, Infiniti is ready to bring us its higher brother, the QX30. The crossover version of the premium compact car is ready to help the brand sustain its growth in 2016. Infiniti Q30 already helped the Japanese brand to end 2015 with record sales.
Based on the Infiniti QX30 Concept, unveiled last year in Geneva, the production version has a low-slung roof-line, elevated stance and crossover appearance.
The QX30 stands 30mm higher than the Q30 Premium, and 45mm higher than Q30 Sport, with satin chrome roof rails fitted as standard. In addition, the QX30’s wheel arch cladding is 5mm wider than that on the Q30. There is also newly-designed front and rear bumpers and grained side sills for a rugged look, as well as bodywork finished with satin chrome-plated inserts.
Adding to the new exterior lines is the interior quietness, with some of the lowest noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels in the premium compact segment.
The extensive application of sound-absorbent materials reduces the intrusion of wind, road and unwanted engine noise into the cabin. Quietness in the cabin is further aided by Active Noise Cancellation, which emits sound waves from the door speakers to negate any instances of booming noise emanating from the diesel powertrain.
Development of the QX30 started at the brand’s technical centre in Japan, before moving to Europe for final validation and testing. In total, over 750 Infiniti engineers in Japan and Europe were involved in the development and testing of the Q30 and the QX30 in a wide variety of roads and environments.
The QX30 comes equipped with an intelligent all-wheel drive system. The drivetrain is able to send up to 50% of the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces and in inclement weather. Another standard feature is the availability of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission system.
On the technology side, the QX30 comes with An Around View Monitor with moving object detection and automatic parking assistance makes the QX30 the easiest car to park in its segment. A special metal plating method allows the radar waves of the Intelligent Cruise Control to pass through the Infiniti badge without disrupting the QX30’s design, as it happens on Volvo V40.
The Infiniti QX30 premium active crossover will go on sale in selected markets in the middle of 2016.