Infiniti QX30 Concept First LookFlash Auto Lease
- March 2, 2015
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Information provided at the QX30 concept’s release describes an aluminum monocoque construction underpinning this concept, but that seems unlikely to prove economically feasible for production in a vehicle of this size. There will be a production version, and it’s expected to broaden Infiniti’s footprint in Europe and China, and globally within the Gen X/Gen Y demographic that will be buying 80 percent of the premium compacts by the end of this decade.
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Infiniti executive design director Alfonso Albaisa describes his team’s efforts at transforming the Q30 into the QX30 this way “The Q30 Concept was like a panther, lithe and slender. We transformed the QX30 Concept into a mountain lion, strong and muscular.”
Toward that end, QX30 concept fascias get skid-plate-looking trim, with the front sporting flared nostrils to suggest heavy breathing. Around the sides you see “sword-like metal inserts in the kick plates under the doors.” Carbon fiber in the lower cladding and roof-bar supports is meant to indicate lightweight performance, and black wheel-arch moldings visually enlarge the already huge 21-inch wheels and tires. Speaking of those roof bars, they include odd wings that extend way inboard “framing” the view out the glass roof (seems more like obstructing). Don’t expect these likely wind-noise and drag generators to make production.
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Power in this QX30 concept comes from a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo four, probably built in Decherd Tennessee, and hopefully packing a punch upward of the GLA45 AMG’s lion-like 355 hp and 332 lb-ft. Whatever the thrust, it will be distributed via a “seven-speed automatic” (smart money says it’s a twin-clutch), to a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.
Expect 2017 production of a slightly toned-down version of this concept to ramp up in a newly expanded facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico.