Infiniti QX30 Concept
The compact crossover market has become as overcrowded as the Geneva motor show itself, so to make waves you need to make quite an impact to whet the appetite of potential suitors. Making its debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, the QX30 Concept from Infiniti is looking to muscle in on the competition. With plenty to choose from in this segment of the market, you’re going to need a car that delivers on performance and style – the QX30 has every chance to succeed.
The QX30 Concept signals Infiniti’s intention and desire to reach a global customer. The focus is on the urban lifestyle and the QX30s distinctive design is purposely aggressive and striking. The interior boasts an on trend brown-tan and blue mix with subtle purple hues emanating from the dash. It looks rather cool but the chances of seeing this in the production model are quite slim. Never the less, it provides that premium feel that Infiniti are looking to deliver. Their young and affluent target audience appreciate a bit of style and flair in their lifestyle (check out our #QX30 lifestyle trip for 24 hours in Chamonix) and the QX30 Concept is looking to be an extension of that. Described by the designer as being ‘a mountain lion, strong and muscular’ which roughly translates to an extra 7.6 inches of ground clearance, 21″ wheels and free flowing lines from front to back.
We got up close and personal with the QX30 in Geneva but only on a spinning carousel on the Infiniti stand. The QX30 is likely to boast a 2.0L, turbocharged four cylinder, 7 speed transmission set up that has been sourced from a Mercedes A-Class. Infiniti’s parent company Renault-Nissan are partnered up with Daimler, hence the shared resources. At this moment in time this is about as much as we can offer in terms of engines and performance.
We all see a lot of great looking concept cars that by time they have passed through the accounts team end up looking nothing like the car you hope to see on the road. The QX30 is rumoured to be going into production in 2016 with the sleek lines and fluid look set to remain. The lack of electric squirrels powering the concept and the presence of a 2.0L turbocharged Mercedes engine strongly suggests what you see is what you get when it comes to the QX30. We are of course expecting a few alterations here and there but the car you see today could well become a permanent fixture on the morning school run.
Infiniti will be hoping that the crossover SUV/Hatch continues to grow and gain even more popularity by the time it is released in 2016. This opportunity could also present a problem. This isn’t a new market and there are already some well established models out there selling incredibly well. And don’t forget what we have here is only a concept. We’d love to see this car out on the road now but has still got over 12 months to survive the tinkering and tailoring that you get with a car launch. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed we see this QX30 Concept next year and will keep you up-to-date with more details as soon as we get them.
Also check out the Infiniti QX30 Concept teaser vid below.