Infiniti started to redesign their models and change the naming scheme back in 2014 and since then they managed to get most of their models in line with their current design scheme. However, so far they lacked a compact crossover, spot which is going to be filled by the 2017 Infiniti Q30, the second car Infiniti is going to launched that will be based on a Mercedes platform. In fact, the Q30 will share most of its components with the Mercedes GLA and it will also share its engines as well as part of the running gear. However, the Q30 is expected to be the sportier model of the two even though it will feature less power on its high performance version.
The car was originally presented as a concept and not much else but Infiniti decided to go ahead and built it after they received a lot of positive feedback about it. The car is light, nimble and looks on par with the best compact crossovers out there and to top it all of, the Q30 will also be cheaper than most with an introduction price of around $33,000, a lot less than most of its competitors.
2017 Infiniti Q30 Engine
Engine wise it should receive all new engines, most of them coming straight from Mercedes. In Europe it will get a 1.6 liter turbocharged inline 4 with more than 150 horsepower as well as a 2 liter turbocharged engine with up to 210 horsepower. There is also going to be a 2.1 liter diesel with more than 170 horsepower.
All of these will come as standard with front wheel drive while an all wheel drive version is also going to be available. In the US on the other hand, the Q30 will only come with a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 engine good for around 240 horsepower in the base version and up to 300 horsepower in the high performance model. Unlike the European model, the US version will only come with all wheel drive.
Design of new Infiniti Q30
Design wise, the 2017 Infiniti Q30 is something unique despite the fact it does share a lot of its design language with the other Infiniti cars. The front end is aggressive and it does not look like a crossover but more like a hot hatchback and that is perfectly fine with us because it is a nicely balanced design. The production model will likely come with 18 inch wheels while the high performance version will also be available with 19 inch light alloy rims.
The interior is likely going to be carried over from the Q50 sedan with a very similar dashboard and layout. The difference will be that the Q30 will offer more room on the back seats but less room for luggage.