It’s an unlikely partnership – like cheese and apples if you will – but it seems to be one that works. Infiniti has come together with the multinational automotive group Daimler (who own Mercedes-Benz) to design the all-new 2017 QX30, Infiniti’s first-ever attempt at a compact CUV.
The vehicle borrows design concepts from the German company’s GLA platform (a Canadian favorite in the crossover segment) but there’s some division among auto bloggers as to exactly how much the new CUV borrows from it’s Benz counterpart. According to Forbes however, aside from a few distinctly Benz-like qualities, it’s hard to find a lot of similarities between the two.
There will be three QX30 models available; Base, Sport and AWD. All models will be powered by a supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque and will be coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The CUV segment was born out of a growing trend among consumers for something agiler than a sedan but not quite as big as an SUV. Infiniti embraced this logic in the QX30.
In terms of design, the automakers have done an excellent job at styling a sporty exterior without sacrificing necessary space inside. Passengers in the front seat enjoy 41.3 inches of legroom, while occupants in the back have 33.5 inches.
There’s room for more than just your legs, too.The official dimensions of the trunk are 19.2 cu. ft. of cargo capacity, while the trunk floor measures 32 inches long ,41 inches wide, and 27 inches high. That spells out a lot of room for goodies, including things like hockey equipment and grocery bags. Forbes suggests there’s even enough room for a bike if you want. All you need to do is drop the rear seat back.
In terms of features, you’ll see quite a few in the QX30… But you won’t see them all. Owners will enjoy available technologies such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. However, if you’re looking for things like predictive forward collision warning and lane keeping assistance, you’ll need to opt for the QX50.
Paddle shifters come standard on all models, as do three driving modes — Economy, Sport and Manual. The wheelbases of the QX30 and GLA are nearly identical, one of the most obvious similarities between the two vehicles. Customers will especially enjoy the rugged-looking exterior, which sports a double-arch grille and a swept-back windshield.
It appears that even though it’s been a few years since Infiniti’s released a brand new model, the automakers haven’t missed a beat. The inspirational partnership probably helped.
And as is the case with most vehicles, the more money you have, the more stacked your ride can be. But you don’t have to completely break the bank with this luxury CUV; the 2017 Infiniti QX30 is estimated to start at around $38,000 and should be arriving at dealerships next month.
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