The 2016 Infiniti Q30-based 2016 Infiniti QX30 has been officially unveiled as the new entry-level crossover in the Infiniti line-up. The design is largely influenced by the QX30 concept that made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. It has a low-slung roofline, high ground clearance and a high seating position. The noteworthy design elements include double-arch grille, kink at the C-pillar, side body molding and slim-looking roof rails.
Not much has been revealed on the interior except that it will have asymmetrical surfaces and dynamic lines that flow away from the driver giving an “in-motion” feel. The automaker states that the cabin will be layered with contrasting premium materials that will give rise to a modern and luxurious cabin. Standard upholstery will be a high-quality black cloth with beige Nappa leather coming as an option. The seats are ergonomically designed to evenly spread load across the surface so as to minimize pressure on the back muscles. Heavy usage of sound absorbent materials has led to reduction in wind, road and engine noise coming into the cabin.
The infotainment needs of the occupants will be taken care of by a 7.0-inch touchscreen display belonging to the InTouch infotainment system. This unit is upgraded from the one found in the Q50 and supports voice recognition to control audio and navigation functions. Another significant development is a special metal plating method that is applied to the Infiniti badge, allowing radar waves of the Intelligent Cruise Control to pass through without disruption.
What will be under the hood is not yet known, though reports suggest that it will be a 2.0-liter four cylinder turbocharged unit producing 208 hp and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque. Infiniti has confirmed that all-wheel drive will be standard and so will be a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Infiniti QX30 is expected to go on sale in select markets by the mid-2016.