The original QX30 concept, which made its international debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, combined the sleek lines of a coupe with the in-command stance of an all-wheel drive crossover. Consistent with Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development, the production version of the QX30 maintains these characterful attributes.
“The category-defying design of the QX30 stays true to the inspiration behind the daring 2015 concept. Its mix of artistry in the flowing lines, and power in the elevated stance and confident look, makes a bold visual statement and challenges current preconceptions of what a crossover should look like.”
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director
The combination of a low-slung roof-line, elevated stance and crossover appearance creates a striking visual impact. The versatile stance endows the QX30 with a ‘go-anywhere’ attitude, ready to take on all driving conditions – without compromising the high quality finish that buyers associate with premium rivals.
The QX30 stands 30mm higher than the Q30 Premium, and 45mm higher than Q30 Sport, with satin chrome roof rails fitted as standard for a more purposeful form and greater functionality. In addition, the QX30’s wheel arch cladding is 5mm wider than that on the Q30, adding to the premium active crossover’s purposeful appearance.
Like the Q30, the QX30 is characterised by dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines that make an emotional statement, evolving them into new dynamic shapes for a more purposeful appearance. The double-arch grille with three-dimensional mesh, for example, has been developed from its application on the Q30, drawing a flowing, fluid link to the headlamps for a more organic shape.
The lines of the QX30 flow up the double-wave bonnet, over the fenders, across the body line and into the strong shoulders of the car. The overall effect is designed to look stretched over bone and muscle, rather than the straight, ‘mechanical’ lines seen on rival models. Infiniti’s signature C-pillar design forges a dynamic crescent shape that emphasises motion, even when stationary.
The elevated dimensions make for a confident and relaxing drive, while ascribing to the car’s versatile character. An overall height of 1,530mm (with standard roof rails) helps improve forward visibility over its rivals, aided by a slim A-pillar design, while the elevated ride allows for a higher hip point (1324mm), improving ease of ingress and egress.
Other exterior details include newly-designed front and rear bumpers and grained side sills for a rugged look, as well as bodywork finished with satin chrome-plated inserts for a premium and high quality metallic finish.
“QX30’s asymmetric interior design results in an environment focused on the driver, yet encompassing passengers in such a way as to involve and cater for them, more so than the traditionally isolating designs found in the premium segment.”
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director
The bold approach Infiniti has taken to design continues inside the QX30, which challenges traditional standards of symmetry with its expressive, modern and dynamic interior.
The asymmetric surfaces feature wave shapes and dynamic lines that twist apart and flow away from the driver. These give an ‘in-motion’ feel when natural light moves over the highly-sculpted lines and contrasting materials in the cabin. This ‘dissymmetry’ creates a more pleasant environment in which to spend time.
The most premium materials and processes available have been selected by Infiniti designers in order to create a modern-looking and luxurious cabin. A custom-designed QX30 trim delivers a personalised, self-expressive interior design. The standard interior is finished in high quality black cloth, while optional black or beige leather delivers an even more premium finish.
Refinement and comfort is also a core appeal of the QX30’s interior. Comfort is guaranteed thanks to an advanced seat design, which makes use of Infiniti’s advanced ‘spinal support’ research. The seat backs have been carefully engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing consistent spinal support by more equally distributing load across the seat to minimise pressure on back muscles. Meanwhile, a wider fitting shape and soft seat cushion also provides enhanced support. Internal testing carried out by Infiniti engineers showed that the QX30 seat provides greater levels of support and comfort than rivals, reducing driver fatigue on longer journeys.
The QX30’s supreme interior quietness adds to cabin comfort, with some of the lowest noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels in the premium compact segment.
The extensive application of sound-absorbent materials reduces the intrusion of wind, road and unwanted engine noise into the cabin. Quietness in the cabin is further aided by Active Noise Cancellation, which emits sound waves from the door speakers to negate any instances of booming noise emanating from the diesel powertrain. In addition, closed sections of the high-rigidity body structure protect the QX30 from any negative noise and vibration generated by broken or inconsistent road surfaces.
The result is an incredibly quiet and refined platform, allowing Infiniti engineers to isolate and emphasise the more pleasant and enriching tones of the QX30’s engines under acceleration, without disturbing the calm of the cabin.