Infiniti QX30 Concept Crossover Debuts at Geneva Motor Show
By Jeff Youngs, March 03, 2015
Infiniti has revealed a concept version of a new premium compact crossover, the QX30 Concept. The new SUV made its debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. According to Infiniti, the QX30 Concept combines the sleek lines of a coupe with the higher stance and all-wheel drive of a crossover, making it well-suited to both city streets and country roads.
Infiniti first showed signs of entering the premium compact segment when it revealed the Q30 Concept in Frankfurt in 2013, and the QX30 Concept is the latest iteration of the basic idea. The Q30 will be built in the U.K. this year, while a sports coupe based on the Q60 Concept revealed in Detroit earlier this year will go into production next year. A QX30 Concept-inspired crossover will also be launched in 2016.
To complement the higher stance of the QX30 Concept, Infiniti designers have added visual cues that identify the vehicle as a crossover. The body looks wider and thicker, thanks to the 21-in. wheels, large tires, and increased blackout around the wheel opening. The wheel design juxtaposes milled aluminum and matte rubber. The satin chrome front bumper is low with big side openings, and its air of strength and ruggedness is reinforced by sturdy kick plates under the doors and a sculpted skid plate in the rear. The roof racks extend toward the center line, artistically (but not significantly) obstructing the rear passenger's view through the glass roof and giving the passenger a more interesting perspective of the outside.
The vehicle's four seats have been streamlined for a suspended look, and the U-shaped seat frame is partially wrapped with a layer of premium Connolly saddle leather offset by blue stitching. The contrast between the exposed and covered parts of the frame adds a feeling of substance to the interior, Infiniti says.
The QX30 Concept is built to accept a wide range of powertrains, both gasoline and diesel, to cater to a variety of lifestyle aspirations around the world, depending on whether customers prefer a sportier or a more efficient drive.