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2016 Infiniti QX30 Joins Premium Compact SUV Pack At LA Auto Show Photo:
 
 
Kez Casey | Nov, 18 2015 | 1 Comment

Infiniti has shown its QX30 compact SUV contender at both LA and Guangzhou motor shows simultaneously.

As expected, the QX30 takes the body of the Q30 hatch and sets it upon higher-riding suspension.

A set of ruggedised bumpers and skid plates, different alloy wheel designs, and plastic wheel arch cladding lend the compact SUV and more off-road ready appearance.

As with the Q30, the QX30 is based on Mercedes-Benz modular MFA architecture that underpins the A-Class hatch and GLA-Class SUV.

Infiniti is yet to reveal full powertrain details, but has announced all models will feature a seven-speed dual clutch transmissionan mated to an intelligent four wheel drive system capable of sending up to 50% of torque to the rear axle if conditions demand.

Engines are yet to be revealed, but should closely mimic the Q30 line-up with a 90kW and 115kW 1.6 turbo petrol four cylinder, an 80kW 1.5 litre, and 125kW 2.2 litre turbo diesels, and a range topping 155kW 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, all taken from the Mercedes-Benz range.

The first cabin images reveal that the interior, like the exterior, will be shared with the low-riding Q30, however Infiniti is yet to reveal if it will offer the same broad scope of interior colour combinations.

Infotainment is provided by a 7.0-inch touchscreen, based on the InTouchsystem first seen in the Q50 sedan.

Along with Q30, QX30 will be used to grow Infiniti’s sales globally, with international sales slated to start from the middle of 2016.

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