THE design vision for a new premium compact crossover model has been revealed by Infiniti in the slinky shape of the QX30 Concept.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the vehicle provides a strong hint at a vehicle the Japanese brand sees as attracting a raft of young, affluent buyers.
The company, which is the luxury arm of Nissan, says the concept blends the sleek lines of a coupe with the all-wheel drive of a crossover, making it ideal both for town driving and weekend getaways.
Infiniti first signalled its intentions to enter the premium compact segment when it revealed the Q30 Concept in Frankfurt some 18 months ago and the arrival of QX30 is seen as a key product in the firm’s strategy to grow in markets like Europe and China.
To that end the Q30 will be built in Britain this year while a sports coupe based on the Q60 Concept revealed in Detroit earlier this year will go into production next year. The QX30 Concept-inspired crossover will also be launched next year.
As for styling the QX30’s body looks wider and thicker, thanks to the 21-inch wheels and large tyres, and the satin chrome front bumper is low with big side openings.
There are also kick plates under the doors and the tough-looking but sculpted skid plate in the rear.
And the roof racks extend toward the centre line where they ‘artistically obstruct’ the rear passenger’s view through the glass roof. Inside, all four seats have been streamlined for a suspended look.
Infiniti says there will also be a full range of powertrains to suit various requirements, depending on whether customers prefer a sportier or more efficient drive.