As with the Q30, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 is based on Mercedes’ MFA platform, which underpins cars like the CLA-Class sedan and GLA-Class crossover. The Infinitis will, however, be built at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, U.K.
Thanks to its higher ride height, the QX30 measures 60.2 inches tall, an increase of more than two inches compared to the Q30. Inside, occupants enjoy technologies like touchscreen navigation, a 360-degree camera system, self-parking assist, and adaptive cruise control. While black cloth upholstery is standard, Nappa leather in black or beige is on the options list. Infiniti claims the car’s interior is one of the quietest in its segment.
Further separating it from the Q30, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is unavailable on the U.S.-spec Q30. Although Infiniti hasn’t confirmed powertrains, the 208-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic from the Q30 will almost certainly be standard.
Despite the higher ride height, Infiniti says the use of upgraded suspension springs and anti-roll bars keep the QX30’s handling taut and sporty. The AWD system can shuffle up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels.
The 2017 Infiniti QX30 goes on sale worldwide in the middle of 2016.