Infiniti QX30 Concept: first photo revealed

Article by Christian A., on February 19, 2015

After one teaser, Infiniti released the first photo showing its all-new QX30 Concept that will make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As you may know already, the new crossover concept previews a new premium compact vehicle, which will be quite a rival for vehicles such as the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA or the BMW X3.

According to Infiniti, the QX30 Concept shows a more pronounced aluminum-trimmed bumper in the front, while the rear features a touch skid plate sculpted with nuanced graphics. 21-inch wheels and larger profile tyres complete the looks, while the roof racks gone beyond their merely functional use.

“We wanted the spontaneous fluidity of the QX30 Concept design to cut through the urban clutter and rigidity, reflecting its go-anywhere and spur-of-the-moment nature,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director.

“The QX30 Concept has been designed to make occupants feel safe and protected inside, and customers can drive in or out of the city without worrying about nicks to the chromework.”

The latest in a series of concept vehicles from Infiniti, the new QX30 Concept has been confirmed to be up for production by the premium carmaker. It serves as a precursor for a new crossover that will be introduced in 2016. It followed the new Q30 that will be assembled in the United Kingdom in 2015 and the Q60 Concept-based sports coupe will also be produced in 2016.

The launch of these models is part of Infiniti’s plan to broaden its line-up and cover different classes and segments. The new QX30 Concept is a product of Infiniti’s rich heritage of building successful high-performance crossovers like the QX50 and QX70.

Meanwhile, the higher stance of the new Infiniti QX30 Concept is complemented by a number of visual cues that help identify the design study as a crossover. For instance, 21-inch wheels, large tires and the increased blackout around the wheel opening make the body of the QX30 Concept appear not only wider but also thicker. Its wheels unconventionally combine three-dimensional milled aluminum and matte rubber material.

Ruggedness is also part of the theme of the QX30 Concept, evident on the large side openings on its satin chrome low front bumper, as complemented by the sculpted skid plate in the rear and the kick plates under the doors. The roof racks now extend toward the center line to aesthetically "obstruct" the view of rear passengers through the glass roof.

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