First Ever 2017 Infiniti QX30 Unveiled at Prias
Local Infiniti dealer Ambar Infiniti took the wraps off Oct. 19 on the all-new 2017 QX30 compact sport-utility vehicle or SUV, the Japanese brand’s newest vehicle in its expanding model lineup, during the 2016 Puerto Rico International Auto Show (Prias).
Prias, one of the largest auto mall events in the world, opened Oct. 17 and will run through Oct. 30 at Plaza Las Américas shopping mall in San Juan’s Hato Rey sector.
Now in its 18th year, Prias features brand-new cars, SUVs and trucks from the top automotive brands.
Infiniti’s new entry-level compact crossover SUV
Remaining true to the elegant design cues that guided the original QX30 Concept first shown at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, the car’s highly sculpted exterior, unique crossover stance and asymmetric cabin design exemplify Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development, Gastón Rivera, Ambar Infiniti’s commercial director, told Caribbean Business during the vehicle’s unveiling at Prias.
“The all-new QX30 is an exciting addition to the lineup for 2017, expanding the Infiniti brand to a wider range of customers,” Rivera said. “It truly offers standout styling, a level of refinement usually reserved for more expensive luxury segments and the agile, exhilarating dynamic performance that has been an Infiniti trademark for more than 25 years.”
As Infiniti enters the premium compact-crossover SUV segment for the first time with the QX30, Rivera is confident the new model will sell 150 to 200 units on the island every year, bridging the gap between premium compact rivals and larger crossover models.
“The premium compact crossover segment is a very important one, representing 25% of all sales in the premium segment,” Rivera added. “We’re glad we now have a vehicle to compete in this relevant segment.”
In Puerto Rico, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 will be available in four trim levels: QX30 Luxury, QX30 Premium, QX30 Sport, and QX30 Premium All-wheel drive (AWD). In all, there will be 10 versions of the QX30 available in the local market.
The starting price for Infiniti’s newest model is $38,855, which Rivera indicated is highly competitive for the category. He pointed out the brand’s four-year, 60,000-mile warranty as the longest among its class competitors, which also includes scheduled maintenance.
Standard on all QX30 models are Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor, cruise control, power windows with front one-touch auto up/down with auto reverse, power door locks with selective unlocking, paddle shifters, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, dual overhead map lights, Infiniti Intelligent Key, two USB ports, three 12-volt power outlets and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control with rear seat vents on the console.
The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine is rated at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The engine, Rivera added, has been engineered to blend responsive performance with enhanced fuel efficiency. The QX30 also includes an idle stop-start system (ISS) that helps the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine conserve fuel during traffic stops.
The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is assembled in Sunderland, U.K., with the engine assembled in Germany.