Infiniti may be late to the crossover party, but you know what they say, it’s better late than never.
This September the automaker will finally jump into the compact crossover fray with the all-new 2017 QX30. It will start at just over $30K, including destination charges. The entry level model starts at $30,945, while the top-of-the-line Premium AWD model starts from $38,695.
The biggest thing to point out is that under the skin, the Infiniti QX30 is essentially a Mercedes-Benz GLA. It shares a platform, engine, chassis and suspension with the GLA thanks to Renault-Nissan’s partnership with Daimler. The QX30 is also one of the first Infiniti vehicles built at parent company Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England.
Drivers can choose from six different trim levels: QX30, QX30 Luxury, QX30 Premium, QX30 Sport, QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD.
There’s only one engine choice. All the models come with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 208-horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system with standard paddle shifters. It comes with start/stop. Other available safety, security and driver’s assistance features include Blind Spot Warning Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency Braking.
The QX30 Sport sits 0.6 inches lower on the ground than the standard model and comes with lower profile tires along with sport-tuned steering. It includes unique front and rear lower fascias, gloss black grille, body-color side sill panels, dark chrome exhaust finishers and unique 19-inch Gun Metallic aluminum-alloy wheels.
Other included features range from panoramic moonroof to INFINITI InTouch with Navigation and INFINITI InTouch Services.
Infiniti’s first ever Intelligent Park Assist is also standard on the QX30 Sport. The system uses 12 sensors to gauge the size of a parking spot. If it is, the crossover can parallel park or reverse into the spot on its own.
QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD
If you want Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System, you’ll have to step up to the Luxury and Premium models. Both trims also include unique front and rear lower fascias, extended overfenders, unique black mold-in color side sills, roof rails, unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a higher ride height. Both the QX30 Luxury and Premium grades offer Nappa leather-appointed seating. The QX30 Premium model offers the Intelligent Park Assist as past of the optional technology package.
Look for the new QX30 in dealerships this September.
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