Infiniti’s GLA tech-clone heading to Geneva

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Infiniti’s first compact crossover will see the daylight at the Geneva motor show next month, in thinly-veiled concept form.

Both the QX30 and the already announced Q30 hatchback – the first fruit of the cooperation with Daimler; will be based on Mercedes’ MFA compact car platform underpinning the current A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA models.

Mercedes will also grant access to tweaked versions of its four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines of similar origin. A Haldex-based all-wheel drive system will be optional for the QX30.

According to Infiniti, the QX30 is “a new premium compact crossover targeted at a new generation of premium customers”, a model which will “reignite the premium compact segment,” and will offer “the sleek lines of a coupé with the rugged looks and commanding seating position of a crossover.” Bold claims, indeed.

The new Infiniti QX30 and its sister Q30 compact hatchback will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory in Great Britain. Test mules for the QX30 have already been spotted testing.