Infiniti has revealed the QX30 concept car, a design vision that the company says will inspire a new compact crossover.
Following on from the reveal of the Q30 concept in Frankfurt in 2013, and designed by an international team to appeal to global customers, the QX30 discloses Infiniti’s ambitions to expand into the global premium compact segment, which is forecast for significant growth with the entry of younger affluent customers.
The production version QX30 will most likely aim to take on the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 when it hits the market in 2016.
Created around a theme of “art in utility”, the QX30’s exterior body looks wider and thicker owing to the 21-inch wheels, large tyres, and increased blackout around the wheel opening.
At the front there is a satin chrome bumper with enlarged side openings, while added visual cues such as kick plates under the doors and the sculpted skid plate in the rear help identify the concept as a crossover.
Inside, all four seats have been streamlined for a suspended look. The U-shaped seat frame is partially wrapped with a layer of Connolly saddle leather offset by blue stitching.
“The QX30 concept looks as capable as it is meant to be,” said Infiniti design boss, Alfonso Albaisa. “The artistic touches we put in lift the crossover to another level from being just another utility vehicle.”
The QX30 concept is the latest in a series of concept vehicles for which Infiniti has announced a definite and clear intent for production. The road-going version will serve as sister car to the upcoming Q30 hatchback.
The latter will be built in the UK this year while a sports coupe based on the Q60 concept revealed in Detroit back in January will go into production in 2016. The QX30 concept-inspired crossover will also be launched next year.
The QX30 design study also hints at a range of new powertrains, both petrol and diesel.