REFRESHED STYLING AND HOT NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR INFINITI QX30
Infiniti has refreshed its QX30 model, with new design, model grades and technology adding further flair to this premium active crossover
Infiniti, the premium brand with the brains and clout of Nissan behind it, refreshed the QX30 small SUV this year.
The QX30 battles in the highly competitive premium crossover market against the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar.
Launched in 2016, it is based on the Q30 small saloon, offering increased ride height and other small SUV credentials.
Not unlike the Mercedes GLA, this is an appealing small package that distin- guishes itself from its Q30 sibling with redesigned bumpers front and rear, new side sills, and satin chrome-plated inserts with metallic finish in the external body work.
It’s assembled in Nissan’s Sunder- land plant, with engines assembled in Germany.
New for 2018 is a shake-up of the grade structure, and additional goodies aimed at luring people interested in small premium SUVS.
The QX30, says Infiniti, holds a unique position in the segment, bridging the gap between premium compact rivals and larger crossover models.
Its crossover-style versatility extends from unique design appeal and a wide range of comfort, convenience, safety and dynamic features, including intelligent all-wheel drive.
NEW 2018 MODEL GRADES
For 2018, Infiniti upgraded the specs of both the Q30 and QX30 for 2018 along with the introduction of a new cross product global grading structure, featuring the names of Pure, Luxe and Sport.
The QX30 is currently available only in Luxe and Luxe Tech variants. Both grades offer similar engine choices, along with Intouch navigation, 18” alloy wheels, dual rectangular chrome exhaust finishers and lane departure warning as standard features.
The new variants provide an upgraded technology experience with DAB radio, intelligent cruise control and blind spot warning.
Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection helps make it very easy to park and if that is not enough then auto park uses its twelve sensors to measure the dimensions of the parking spot and help steer the vehicle into it; the driver only needs to apply the accelerator and brakes.
With the new QX30 2018n models, you also get design updates, with optional 19” resurfaced, 5 double spokes light alloy wheels, attributing to a more commanding look.
LOOKS AND DESIGN
The 2018 changes were light refreshes and don’t really change much about the QX30’S looks both outside and in.
The combination of a low-slung roof-line, elevated stance and crossover appearance creates a striking visual impact and a ‘go-anywhere’ attitude.
The QX30 stands 30mm higher than the Q30 Premium, and 45mm higher than Q30 Sport, with satin chrome roof rails fitted as standard for a more purposeful form and greater functionality.
In addition, the QX30’S wheel arch cladding is 5mm wider than that on the Q30, adding to the premium active crossover’s purposeful appearance.
The double-arch grille with three-dimensional mesh, for example, has been developed from its application on the Q30, drawing a flowing, fluid link to the headlamps for a more organic shape.
The elevated dimensions are designed to make for a confident and relaxing drive. An overall height of 1,530mm (with standard roof rails) helps improve forward visibility over its rivals, aided by a slim A-pillar design, while the elevated ride allows for a higher hip point (1,324mm), improving ease of getting in and out.
Other exterior details include newly-designed front and rear bumpers and grained side sills for a rugged look, as well as bodywork finished with satin chrome-plated inserts for a premium and high quality metallic finish.
INSIDE THE CABIN
What Infiniti calls “asymmetric surfaces” feature wave shapes and dynamic lines that twist apart and flow away from the driver lending an ‘in-motion’ feel when natural light moves over the highly-sculpted lines and contrasting materials in the cabin.
A custom-designed QX30 trim delivers a personalised, self-expressive interior design. The standard interior is finished in high quality black cloth, while optional black or beige leather delivers an even more premium finish.
There’s an advanced seat design, which makes use of Infiniti’s advanced ‘spinal support’ research. The seat backs have been engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing consistent spinal support by more equally distributing load across the seat to minimise pressure on back muscles.
DRIVETRAIN AND SUSPENSION
The manufacturer says the QX30 is engineered to deliver “a confidence-inspiring, dynamic driving experience”, aided by intelligent all-wheel drive.
Compared to Q30, the QX30’S chassis has been adapted with its own unique settings for a comfortable ride and confident handling in spite of its elevated ride height and ground clearance.
Its springs and rear anti-roll bar are stiffer, continuing the engineers’ efforts to ensure a flat ride.
The QX30 comes equipped with an intelligent all-wheel drive system. The drivetrain is able to send up to 50% of the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces and in inclement weather, enhancing a feeling of control and confidence when driving.
For example, if a wheel slip is detected by sensors, braking is applied to the slipping wheel, while torque is sent to the gripping wheel for additional stability.
Another standard feature is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission system. The dual-clutch intelligently pre-selects gears so
“The manufacturer says the QX30 is engineered to deliver” a confidence-inspiring, dynamic driving experience”, aided by intelligent all-wheel drive.”