Infiniti says the all-new 2017 QX30 was created to make a bold visual statement. It certainly does that with its striking appearance and “dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines.” Turbulent looks cool, and it’s what surfers dream of, but they may not be best for the average consumer. The raked roofline of the Infiniti QX30 will be tough to see out of.
Infiniti is after a new generation of buyers
Infiniti says they want to attract a new generation of premium buyers to their showrooms with the new premium crossover. They may do that, but will buyers like the cramped feeling inside the luxury cabin? Just from the looks of the tiny rear window and back rear hatch, it could feel like a small sports coupe inside. Generally, crossover buyers are looking spacious interiors with lots of cargo-carrying ability.
The new 2017 Infiniti QX30 FWD ($29,950 plus destination) should be high on the fun-to-drive meter with its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine. It comes with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system with standard paddle shifters. All-wheel-drive is also available. For driving enthusiasts, the QX30 will likely be a fun ride in urban, suburban and tight mountain curves. For the average consumer, it may be a bit too extreme when it’s hard to see that car next to you.
Get the available safety technology
Urban drivers will need the suite of available active safety and hazard avoidance technologies. The QX30 Sport ($38,500) comes with the new Intelligent Park Assist system. It uses 12 sensors to determine if a potential parking spot is the right size. Other available QX30 safety, security and driver’s assistance features include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency Braking.
The all-new 2017 Infiniti QX30 arrives at Infiniti dealers in September. The cool-looking crossover will get a new generation of premium buyers into their showrooms. Boasting a “purposeful appearance that makes a bold visual statement” is one thing, practicality and utility are what most crossover buyers are looking for. Will luxury crossover buyers drive away in one after a test drive?
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