/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

Infiniti's QX30 takes a hatchback and morphs it into a capable crossover (pictures)

The Infiniti QX30, debuting at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, is an all-wheel-drive crossover that brings Infiniti's take on luxury to a whole new segment.

andrewkrok.jpg
Andrew Krok
2017 Infiniti QX30
1 of 27 Infiniti

Don't let the name confuse you -- this isn't the same as the Infiniti Q30, a hatchback that debuted at Frankfurt earlier this year.

2017 Infiniti QX30
2 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30 is built on the same platform as the Q30, but this one is angled as a proper crossover.

2017 Infiniti QX30
3 of 27 Infiniti

The main difference between the QX30 and the Q30 is ride height -- the QX30 sits about 2 inches higher than its hatchback brother.

2017 Infiniti QX30
4 of 27 Infiniti

The front and rear bumpers also feature more aggressive lower treatments for a bit of that off-road flavor.

2017 Infiniti QX30
5 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30 also shares some similarities with the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, as both vehicles ride on the same platform.

2017 Infiniti QX30
6 of 27 Infiniti

With its low-slung roofline, it's not hard to see a bit of Mercedes in this Infiniti.

2017 Infiniti QX30
7 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30 is all-wheel drive only, whereas the Q30 offers a four-wheel drive option as well.

2017 Infiniti QX30
8 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30's AWD system is capable of sending up to 50 percent of power and torque to the rear wheels, so it's a front-biased system when it's not treacherous outside.

2017 Infiniti QX30
9 of 27 Infiniti

The crossover maintains a sporty look, despite its ride height, thanks to that low roof and thin A-pillars up front.

2017 Infiniti QX30
10 of 27 Infiniti

To counteract the QX30's higher center of gravity, Infiniti stiffened up the springs and rear anti-roll bar.

2017 Infiniti QX30
11 of 27 Infiniti

Those suspension tweaks also give the car flatter handling characteristics.

2017 Infiniti QX30
12 of 27 Infiniti

The styling is unmistakably Infiniti, with both front and rear taillights resembling many other cars in the automaker's lineup.

2017 Infiniti QX30
13 of 27 Infiniti

Infiniti made no specific mention of US drivetrain options yet, but we'd bet on the car packing the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine as the Q30.

2017 Infiniti QX30
14 of 27 Infiniti

The sole transmission option on the QX30 is a seven-speed dual-clutch, the same as on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

2017 Infiniti QX30
15 of 27 Infiniti

Markets outside the United States will get to enjoy both gasoline and diesel powertrains. Lucky ducks.

2017 Infiniti QX30
16 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30's higher ride point also gives the vehicle a higher hip point, making ingress and egress less of a chore.

2017 Infiniti QX30
17 of 27 Infiniti

Infiniti is using its own infotainment system in the QX30, a 7-inch touchscreen setup that first debuted on the Q50 sedan.

2017 Infiniti QX30
18 of 27 Infiniti

Automatic parking assist will be available for those who prefer to let computers do the parking.

2017 Infiniti QX30
19 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30 looks good cruising down this idyllic B-road, but it may be more at home off in the grass somewhere in the background.

2017 Infiniti QX30
20 of 27 Infiniti

Let's hope you like likes, because the rear end has a whole bunch of 'em.

2017 Infiniti QX30
21 of 27 Infiniti

Real car geeks will notice that this is the same key that Mercedes-Benz uses on the GLA-Class. It's shaped like no other Infiniti key.

2017 Infiniti QX30
22 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30 will be available with parent company Nissan's excellent Around View Monitor system, which puts a 360-degree, top-down image on the infotainment screen for tight parking maneuvers.

2017 Infiniti QX30
23 of 27 Infiniti

The car's hatchback characteristics means that loading items through the rear is as easy as can be.

2017 Infiniti QX30
24 of 27 Infiniti

Mercedes switchgear abounds in the cabin, as evidenced by the window buttons and door-panel-mounted seat controls, the latter of which is a Mercedes staple.

2017 Infiniti QX30
25 of 27 Infiniti

The interior is well appointed even in base trim. Standard equipment includes black cloth, but buyers can opt for black or brown nappa leather, as well.

2017 Infiniti QX30
26 of 27 Infiniti

Infiniti made no mention of price or specific availabilities at its debut.

2017 Infiniti QX30
27 of 27 Infiniti

The QX30 will launch in several different markets in mid-2016.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
The new Kia Niro crossover has a lot more style

More Galleries

The new Kia Niro crossover has a lot more style

8 Photos
Global 2022 Ford Ranger gets stronger styling, more infotainment tech

More Galleries

Global 2022 Ford Ranger gets stronger styling, more infotainment tech

7 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
Best Black Friday new car deals for 2021

More Galleries

Best Black Friday new car deals for 2021

15 Photos
The 2022 Kia Stinger 2.5T is a lovely liftback

More Galleries

The 2022 Kia Stinger 2.5T is a lovely liftback

40 Photos