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Compact and curvy QX30 sets new entry point for Infiniti

Infiniti introduces its new entry level model, the compact crossover QX30, designed to give urban dwellers enhanced comfort.

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As a new entry level model, Infiniti introduces the QX30 compact crossover. Markets outside of the US will also get a hatchback model, the Q30.

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Infiniti will offer the QX30 in a variety of configurations, starting with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The former can be had in Base, Luxury or Premium trims, while the latter only comes in Luxury and Premium. There will also be a separate Sport trim in front-wheel-drive only.

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The QX30 comes as the result of a development deal with Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler. As such, the QX30 shares much of its equipment with the Mercedes-Benz GLA250.

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Infiniti stamped the QX30 with its own throttle, steering and suspension tuning, and its own dashboard infotainment system.

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The QX30 also shows off an evolved grille design for Infiniti, which will also appear on the upcoming Q60 coupe.

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The QX30 gets the same turbocharged two-liter engine as the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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The Infiniti badge conceals a radar sensor, enabling cruise control and collision prevention.

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This all-wheel-drive version of the QX30 is lifted 1.2-inches higher than the base model.

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Headlights shown here use optional LED lamps.

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The cabin seats five, with fold-down rear seats for expanded cargo capacity.

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Ride quality lacks some of the comfort associated with a luxury brand in favor of a more sporty driving character.

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Steering input feels responsive in the QX30.

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The all-wheel-drive system automatically shifts torque to the rear wheels to enhance grip. It doesn't include a control to lock the torque split.

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Infiniti brings a very sculpted design to the QX30's body, distinguishing it from the Mercedes-Benz GLA250.

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An optional panoramic sunroof only stretches to cover the front half of the rear seating area.

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The QX30's hatchback adds cargo versatility.

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