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As such, the design looks vaguely familiar, but it's attractive in some ways the GLA is not. It has a more interesting front-end treatment, with more fluid lines that drape a little more artfully toward the tailgate. It's pitched as a coupe-like crossover, so the QX30 also gets big wheels and some lower body cladding. But the SUV-ish pieces are bare hints--if anything, the QX30 looks like an even more daring Mazda 3.
Inside, the cockpit gets some distance from the one in the Benz GLA, with a wavy theme rendered in contrasting colors to create a sense of motion. Infiniti's added more sound insulation, and makes the cloth seats in leather on upper trim levels. It's an elegant place to play--and to figure out Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system. In the QX30, the seven-inch touchscreen drives some functions, while others can be controlled with voice commands.
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Infiniti hasn't confirmed powertrain specifics, but we expect the engine in U.S. versions to be the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Infiniti Q30 and the Benz GLA and CLA. In those cars it's rated at up to 208 horsepower. Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels via a standard all-wheel-drive system.Other tech features include electronic monitoring systems, a surround view camera and a parking assistant.
The QX30 goes on sale in American in the second quarter of 2016 as a 2017 model. It'll be built at Nissan's assembly plant in the United Kingdom, alongside the Q30 sedan.________________________________