With the upcoming 2018 Infiniti QX30, the Japanese automaker has finally decided to enter the subcompact crossover-SUV market. This new vehicle will be the product of collaboration with Daimler, which is more than evident in its design and feel. From the first looks, it seems that the QX30 perfectly blends that Japanese design style with German high-end engineering. Even though the new SUV from Infiniti will not be the most powerful nor the most advanced one, it will still offer plenty for its price. For market supremacy, it will go up against the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.
2018 Infiniti QX30 – Exterior Design and Appearance
When it comes to the exterior of the 2018 Infiniti QX30, it is more than obvious that it is inspired by the latest Japanese design trends. The core ideas are strongly based on the latest Infiniti sedan models and are aimed at giving off a more sporty look. Just like all other Infiniti models, the QX30 will offer a nice blend of class, athleticism, and luxury. The new SUV will also take some cues from various Mercedes models, so as to add that German style flavor. To achieve these looks, the Japanese engineers have decided to incorporate an aggressive double-arch grille, as well as highly sculpted and smooth-looking bodywork. In addition, the SUV will also feature LED-infused sleek headlights and a crescent-looking C-pillar. On its sides, the QX30 will be distinguished by a set of either 18-inch or 19-inch wheels.
Upon seeing this SUV, it is more than obvious that the 2018 Infiniti QX30 is not intended to be the largest SUV in its class. It looks like Infiniti wants to offer a more intimate environment, which will feature more comfort and luxury. The SUV’s passenger compartment looks very stylish and sharp and feels very upmarket. In order to achieve that feel, the Japanese automaker has opted to use exclusively high-quality materials. Some of the most notable ones include exotic Japanese wood trims, Nappa leather, and chrome. Due to a smaller cargo space, the customers should not expect a large number of cargo options.
However, they can expect a good amount of headroom and legroom. Also, they can expect maximum comfort, thanks to fully adjustable seats. In the front end of the cabin, we will see a traditional asymmetric dash design, with conveniently placed controls and buttons. As far as the tech options are concerned, the QX30 will feature the InTouch infotainment system, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, a console-mounted controller, advanced navigation, and plenty of safety systems.
2018 Infiniti QX30 – Turbocharged Engine
Regardless of the trim level, the 2018 Infiniti QX30 will come with a single engine variant. The powertrain in question is a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine from Daimler, with 208 hp at 5500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its EPA is rated at 24/33 mpg with an FWD and 21/20 with an AWD. This engine will propel the new QX30 to a top speed of 130 mph and from 0 to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds. For a smooth power transmission, the engine will be coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
2018 Infiniti QX30 – Availability and Estimated Cost
The newest 2018 Infiniti QX30 will most likely hit the U.S. market by the end of 2017. Its starting price will be 31.000$, whereas the price for premium models will be around 45.500$.