Infiniti’s QX30 luxury crossover has been spied for the first time and shows itself under camouflage in the first spy shots taken since Infiniti boss Andy Palmer confirmed the crossover’s production.
Infiniti QX30 is set to be an important model for Nissan’s luxury brand, as it will be sold in all three of Infiniti’s strategic markets: US, China and Europe.
QX30 is also Infiniti’s first crossover ever and will have to compete with the likes of BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The premium crossover will be built at Nissan’s factory in England, alongside with the Infiniti Q30 hatchback.
Daimler accelerated its partnership with Renault-Nissan and as a result, the new Infiniti QX30 will ride on a Mercedes-developed compact platform which is already used for the European-market A-Class, B-Class, CLA-Class and GLA-Class models.
In exchange, Renault provided Mercedes-Benz with small diesel engines for the aforementioned models and a 0.9 turbocharged engine for the smart brand.
“We are using Mercedes’ MFA vehicle architecture, as well as their 2.0-litre gasoline and diesel engines,” said Andy Palmer, Infiniti Charmain. “When you buy into premium, the platform needs to be stiffer, the suspension needs to be better, the noise-vibration-harshness indicator (NVH) needs to be better and that’s where we came to the agreement that we will use the Modular Front Architecture platform,” Palmer added.
Although we can’t see much from the spy shots in the media gallery, Infiniti QX30 seems to take after its German sibling Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in terms of size and major design lines. Moreover, QX30 seems to keep the sporty proportions and the high ride embraced by the GLA-Class, although we may have to wait for technical specifications in order to verify that.