2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

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.

Competition

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport has been specifically crafted to
go one on one with  German models in the likes of BMW X1,
Audi Q3
and the
Mercedes-Benz GLA which it sales most features with.