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Los Angeles 2015: Infiniti QX30 makes global reveal

Los Angeles 2015: Infiniti QX30 makes global reveal image

Text: / Photos: Brent Co, Infiniti | posted November 26, 2015 15:03

Infiniti QX30 makes global reveal

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury brand, seeks to expand its compact offerings with the debut of the QX30 crossover. Just like the Q30 being the first compact hatchback for Infiniti, the QX30 is also the brand's first compact crossover.

Infinti QX30 rear quarter

Essentially a raised Q30 hatchback, Infiniti calls the QX30 a 'Premium Active Crossover' and comes with 193 mm worth of ground clearance. Like the Q30, the QX30 is also based on the third generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. While styling is carried over from its hatchback brother, exterior changes made to the QX30 are black plastic cladding for a more rugged appearance, a skid plate and roof rails.

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Inside, the QX30 shares the same interior as its hatchback sibling with its 'Dinamica' trim, also seen in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The suede-like material is applied to the roof-line and pillars. The interior also comes with a three-spoke steering wheel as well as piano black and silver accents. Just like the Q30, Infiniti's compact crossover has a cargo capacity of 368 liters.

As for the powertrains, it has an all-new turbocharged 2.0L engine that produces 211 PS and 350 Nm of torque for the U.S market. The engine lineup for the rest of the world has yet to be confirmed but it is highly possible that it will share the same engines as the Q30's range of gas and diesels. Exclusive to the QX30 is an all wheel drive system lifted from Mercedes-Benz and mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.