The compact crossover market is one of the fastest growing global automotive segments. Every automaker is throwing their hat into the ring to catch a slice of the massive profits waiting for them. Infiniti unveiled its QX30 concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, joining the growing list of automakers in the segment.
When looking at the QX30, it appears very similar to the Q30 show car that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. That’s because when the two go on sale they will be platform mates, sharing chassis, engines and other mechanical and design bits.
Power will come from a Mercedes-sourced turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. No horsepower figures have been released, though all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission will be available.
The engine won’t be the only thing shared between Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti. The front-drive architecture the QX30 and Q30 will be riding on currently underpins Mercedes’ A-Class vehicles.
The styling of the QX30 concept takes Infiniti’s latest design language and sculpts a very handsome crossover. The hood is long and flows effortlessly into the side profile of the car. The back end incorporates a hockey stick that flows into the curvaceous rear end.
Inside, surfaces are swathed in warm, brown and blue leather. It looks very production ready even though the seat designs will likely not make it.
The Infiniti QX30 concept is a great foray into the compact crossover market. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see how it can set itself apart in the crowded segment.