Infiniti QX30 Concept Is Dramatic: Dress Rehearsal Two Miles from Broadway
The Nissan’s high-roller division has already introduced the new Infiniti QX30 Concept in Geneva. The long-awaited North American premiere of the compact crossover is scheduled for the 2015 New York Auto Show. The Infiniti QX30 Concept is a result of an attempt to attract younger customers and offer a bit of its exclusivity at a lower price, to create something suitable for urban environment, but also attractive enough to stand out from the vast number of other compact vehicles.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty off-road vehicle, the QX30 might not be worth waiting for. The Infiniti QX30 Concept is a compact vehicle and there are some limitations that come with compact size. But the most of the people would probably be completely satisfied by a relatively small utility vehicle.
Infiniti QX30 Concept Apperance
Although a concept doesn’t necessarily always depict how its future production model might look like, the most essential appearance features of the QX30 Concept will certainly be kept. Envisaged as a crossover iteration of the Infiniti Q30, the QX30 had some very helpful styling base, but it’s going to be unique and different as well. The appearance is dramatic and bold, but the difference is that this is a concept that’s going to leave a very large legacy to its succeeding production model.
While some of the concept’s features won’t find their way through the latest stadium of the crossover’s development, the dynamic appearance will be safe and sound. The 21-inch wheels that gave the concept that robust and powerful stance probably won’t be available at all, but there’s no doubt the C-pillar will keep its unconventional shape.
Roland Krueger, Infiniti President and CEO said:
“The Infiniti QX30 Concept foreshadows an entry in the premium compact segment that provides a new alternative to customers in this segment. The vehicle embodies our conviction to give customers the freedom to go wherever they want, whenever they want – in a way that expresses their individualized character.”
Infiniti QX30 Concept Is a Crossover. But Is It an Off-Roader?
The Infiniti QX30 Concept has all-wheel drive and all the off-road features, but is it good enough to be taken into wilderness for a couple of tough challenges? It will certainly be better than its low-ground-clearance counterpart, the Q30, but we’d be surprised if it could compete with big SUVs whose habitat is off the road.
This doesn’t mean that the crossover isn’t good enough. Perhaps we’re biased and we won’t give it a benefit of the doubt because of its premium orientation. The Infiniti QX30 might prove that a well-performing crossover can be luxurious at the same time and that those are two sides of the same coin.
Infiniti QX30 Engine Options
They haven’t said anything specific about the engine options. They just announced a variety of both gasoline and diesel powertrains. Naturally, they are going to offer market-specific engines, so if they even try to use a diesel mill on the U.S.-spec model, don’t expect more than one, but they might install at least two very vivid and outgoing gasoline engines.
Interior and Technology
The interior is what makes the Infiniti QX30 Concept so appealing. The exterior is attractive, fresh, handsome, a bit futuristic, but the interior could easily be the most distinctive element of the new design. At the moment, we know that the compact utility will have Infiniti InTouch technology, which “keeps the driver connected to his digital world when on the move”.
Luxury and elegance were the most important topics in the QX30 Concept’s interior design department. Lots of modern lines and hints of traditional elegance are very compelling. The production model will undoubtedly have acres of premium materials and lots of the latest technology.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Release Date
The automaker has very serious plans with the compact premium crossover. They confirmed that the production Infiniti QX30 will be launched next year, probably as a 2017 model. We’ll see how much different it’s going to be, but it seems that the QX30 Concept revealed the most of it.
Photos: Infiniti Motor Company