I understand Infiniti had earlier planned to release two models dubbed the Q30 and QX30. However, the automaker shelved that plan and instead debuted a single car with a number of trims. What would have been the Q30 became the QX30 Sport. The two models are so similar that the differences are only apparent when the models are parked side to side to each other. The automaker refers to it as a premium active crossover. The 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport is based on the Mercedes GLA courtesy of a joint venture with the German-based luxury hauler.
In a time where small crossovers are the in thing in the market, automakers without such a model are losing out, a reason why Nissan decided to use a shortcut to get their own. By shortcut I mean, Nissan saved on costs involved in developing a new platform. Read along for more information:
2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport Exterior
The QX30 Sport feels more of a crossover than a hatchback. The automaker’s decision to derive inspiration from the Mercedes GLA was a wise one. The design is quite pretty but tears into the model’s practicability in terms of passenger space and cargo capacity. The QX30 Sport. Taller drivers will find it a bit tight while the rear seats are not ideal for tall adults.
The model features stylish character lines that stretch over its fenders through the door handles. It also has deep creases on the door panels. At the front, you will find a gloss-black grille with double-arching chrome. On the other hand, the rear fascia features a boomerang look that highlights the rear spoiler and wraparound hatch. The model also uses LED lighting for its headlights and taillights. It also features auto-dimming mirrors, which are also heated. It rides on a set of 19-inchalloy wheels. Its exhaust system is also unique compared to regular QX30 models.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport Interior
Sliding inside, you will be met by a driver-centric dashboard that looks even better than that of the Mercedes GLA. It flaunts Nissan’s excellent seating arrangement that provides a zero-gravity feel. The arrangement offers spinal support that helps ease pressure points for the driver as well as the front passenger. Although access is tight, the automaker has added an entry/exit feature that improves access. Full-size adults will find the rear seating arrangement challenging.
Interior controls are operated via console-mounted controller. Most controls are similar to that of Daimler-made vehicles including the flat-bottomed steering wheel but Infiniti designers went to a great length to set the model apart from the Mercedes. For example, the 7.0-inch display on the QX30 Sport is much different from that on the Mercedes GLA. In addition, unlike the iPad-like display on the GLA, the QX30 Sport features a well-placed screen mounted under a curvy part of the dash that doubles up as a sunshade during bright days.
Synthetic Fibertech material is the standard upholstery material on the base trim with an option for leather on high trims. This leather upholstery is contrasted with a red stitching. Buyers also have an option for open-pored wood trim for a premium look. Dinamica Sports seats are standard for the QX30 Sport.
The model accommodates five passengers and leaves 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded to 90 cu ft by folding the rear seats.
For safety, the model comes with a host of driver assist technologies such as front and rear parking sensors, forward-collision warning, intelligent park assist, Around View Monitor system that offer a bird’s eye view, forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the model comes with a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 hp at 5500 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1200 rpm. This engine is sourced from Mercedes. It is also paired to a Mercedes-sourced 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission system that channels all the power to the front wheels (AWD is an option). The engine is EPA rated at 24 mpg in city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is quite impressive.
Price and release date
The QX30 Sport has an MSRP of $42,100 exclusive of a $950 destination fee. For comparison purposes, the base QX30 starts at $29,950. The models are already available in dealerships.