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Infiniti QX30 Concept Shows off its Curves in Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/4/2015 Frank Markus

We got our first look at the Infiniti QX30 concept prior to the 2015 Geneva motor show and there's no denying that the compact crossover showcases the brand's future design language. Viewed in the metal, the concept's design is striking, though it's hard to shake the sense that the designers started with a Mazda CX-5 and added more surface excitement. Here's hoping that he production version isn't toned down too much or that it looks like the CX-5.

Definitely don't get your heart set on those fancy roof-rail wings. Design director Kei Kyu says they are there to enhance the view out the glass roof and block some of the sunlight, while increasing the sense of being in a crossover. He also noted that the length is roughly the same as the production Q30, but width and height are obviously greater. Infiniti QX30 Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Infiniti QX30 Concept

As previously reported, the QX30 concept shares the same front-drive-based platform as the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Infiniti's version, however, sits slightly lower to the ground. Power will come from a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a seven-speed automatic will be used to send power to the rear-biased all-wheel drive system. We expect the QX30 to enter production in 2017, with assembly taking place at the company's facility south of the border in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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