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

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WHAT’S NEW?

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.”

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