Date:18 November 2015
Hot on the heels of its Q30 sibling, which debuted globally earlier this year, the Infiniti QX30 “premium active crossover” is the subject of simultaneous premiers at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou Motor shows.
The new crossover forms part of the premium manufacturer’s premium compact car offensive and its world debuts in the United States and China show the brand’s commitment to the market in which it was initially launched in 1989 and the fastest emerging market in the world, respectively.
Obviously based on the Q30 hatchback, the QX30 shares much of its sculpted lines. In fact, the only distinguishable visual differences are a slightly raised ride height, black plastic cladding that lines the wheel arches and side sill, as well as metallic bash plates that protect the front and rear spoilers.
Infiniti has kept mum on all the technical details, but it’s safe to assume that the QX30 will share the Q30’s powertrain options, which include two turbodiesel engines and two turbopetrol motors. All-wheel drive versions are likely to be on offer as well, suiting the crossover image.
“The QX30 active crossover is joining our new premium compact family at the right time and will broaden our offer to new customers around the world. With our recent sales successes and record growth, the current product offensive will further strengthen Infiniti’s global market position,” Infiniti president Roland Krueger said in Los Angeles.
The QX30 is expected to reach the South African market in the second quarter of 2016.