QX30 Not Quite Under 30: New Infiniti Crossover Priced


What if we told you that you can purchase a brand-new Mercedes-Benz for less than $32,000? Because Infiniti is basically offering just that with its all-new $30,900 2017 Infiniti QX30.

Sharing its platform and powertrain with the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, the swoopy Infiniti has a starting price that's $2875 less than its fraternal twin. In fact, the QX30's base price is lower than that of the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 sedan. All QX30s are powered by a Mercedes-supplied 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, although Infiniti is quick to point out that the powertrain's tuning is done by its own engineers.

In order to appeal to different market segments, Infiniti splits the QX30 into three distinct variants: the standard front-wheel drive, the high-riding all-wheel drive, and the dynamic Sport. All models include dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver's side mirror, and a backup camera.

Standard front-wheel-drive models are available in base, Luxury, and Premium trims. Priced at $33,550, the mid-level Luxury adds a leather interior, heated seats, power seats for the driver and passenger, footwell lamps, and a rear-seat pass-through. Jumping up to the Premium trim adds $2700 to the price and brings with it a Bose audio system, a sunroof, roof rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED fog lamps. Meanwhile customers can add options including a navigation system, 19-inch wheels, an LED lighting package, and a Technology package (blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and self-parking), bringing the total price to $41,800. A Gallery White package can be added for $1250 to fully-loaded QX30 Premium front-wheel-drive models; it consists of a white leather interior with red stitching and accents, as well as a unique 18-inch wheel design and satin-silver mirror caps.

Along with standard roof rails, all-wheel-drive QX30 models include an additional 1.2 inches of ride height; restyled front and rear fascias; and model-specific side sills, wheels, and fender flares. Unlike the front-wheel-drive QX30, all-wheel-drive QX30s are only available in Luxury or Premium trims; the former setting customers back $35,350, the latter $38,650. Like the front-wheel-drive model, options such as a navigation system, an LED lighting package, and a Technology package can be added. A special Cafe Teak package ($1750)-which includes brown leather upholstery, as well as real wood trim and satin-silver mirror caps-is available on fully loaded QX30 all-wheel drive Premium models and brings the crossover's total price to $45,450.

Finally, the racy QX30 Sport sits 0.6-inch lower than the standard front-wheel-drive model (and 1.8 inches lower than the all-wheel drive QX30). Like its siblings, the Sport wears its own individual bodywork. Upping the performance factor are a set of cross-drilled brake rotors tucked behind 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky summer tires. Inside, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and sports seats compliment the Sport's dynamic nature. Navigation is standard, as is a 360-degree camera system and self-parking. The model starts at $39,450, though adding leather seating, the LED lighting package, and Technology package raises the price to $43,150.

While we've yet to test the entire QX30 line, we did put an all-wheel drive QX30 Premium through our regimen of tests and came away less than impressed with the subcompact crossover. The 2017 Infiniti QX30 goes on sale this fall.

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