At some point in 2015, Compact SUVs became the biggest-selling class of vehicles on the market. The small SUV finally outpaced the venerable mid-size Sedan, which had held the top spot more or less forever. There’s no great mystery to this shift: the SUV design offers significant benefits in carrying capacity and all-weather capability over the typical sedan, and a compact crossover SUV offers an image more in line with how Americans see themselves today; rugged and outdoorsy, yet still urbane enough to park downtown.
In fact, the QX30 comes courtesy of Renault-Nissan’s 2011 deal with Mercedes-Benz, taking the underpinnings of the A-Class and the GLA. For the US, Infiniti has three variations on the QX30 theme. As well as the regular car – which is sold as the Q30 outside of the US – there’s the 0.6 inch lower QX30 Sport (or QX30 S) and the 1.2 inch higher QX30 AWD.
The Infiniti QX50 currently offers a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 325 hp and nets 17/24 mpg city/highway. It was refreshed with a few updates for 2016, but it hasn’t been completely redone since its debut for the 2008 model year, when it was called the EX. Although we don’t know exactly what to expect from the replacement, the QX Sport Inspiration Concept that debuted at this year’s Beijing auto show may provide some hints as to a future design direction. The concept featured dramatic exterior lines and a free-flowing dashboard, and likely previews the replacement for the QX70.
Infiniti has ventured on a healthy product roll-out spree, entering new segments with the Q30 hatch and QX30 small crossover this year. Meanwhile, the automaker has also updated its Q50 lineup with new engines for 2016. A Q60 Coupe is also coming to market soon, and it should provide a much-needed update to the current Q60, which is almost a decade old.