NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The new entry-level 2016 Infiniti QX30 luxury crossover, which will be previewed in concept form at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show next month, is due in Infiniti showrooms early next year.
A teaser image of the rear of the QX30 concept was released by Infiniti on Thursday. The dramatic styling, a mix of sharp angles and curves, is designed to set the QX30 apart from such competitors as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
Infiniti confirmed the on-sale date for Edmunds, but provided no pricing or technical specifications.
The entry-level QX30 is the result of a collaboration with Daimler.
Infiniti will use the Mercedes-Benz MFA or Modular Front Architecture platform for the QX30. That platform is also used for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and GLA-Class models. It is unclear if the QX30 will share their gasoline and diesel engines.
The QX30 is a sibling of the 2016 Infiniti Q30 hatchback, which is expected to head to production in mid-2015. The two will be built in Sunderland, England with a pipeline reaching from the U.S. to China.
While the Q30 and QX30 are expected to extend Infiniti's global reach into Europe, the two are also expected to further drive down the average age of the Infiniti buyer in the U.S. Currently, Infiniti has one of the youngest age demographics of all the luxury makes, with an average age of around 42.
Edmunds says: This is shaping up to be one of the most important Geneva auto show unveilings for U.S. car shoppers, especially for those considering a luxury crossover in the coming year.