Mercedes GLA's alter ego is cheaper than the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

With prices kicking off at $29,950 for the entry-level trim, it means Infiniti’s version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA is actually cheaper than its donor which you can have for at least $32,850. At the same time, it’s also more affordable than the $33,700 Audi Q3 and the $33,100 BMW X1, with all prices excluding destination and handling fees.

Personally, I find it better-looking than Mercedes’ version, and since it’s also almost $3,000 cheaper, a decision regarding which one to pick is pretty much a no-brainer. Regardless of the trim (standard, Luxury, Premium, Sport) you select, all versions of the QX30 come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine delivering 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 newton-meters) of torque.

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is being offered exclusively with a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission sending power as standard to the front wheels. If you want an all-wheel-drive layout, prepare to fork out $34,400 for the Luxury AWD or $37,700 if you upgrade to the Premium AWD trim.

Go for the Sport model which is the most expensive of them all at $38,500, and the crossover gets different front and rear lower fascias, dark chrome exhaust finishers, glossy black grille, 19-inch Gun Metallic alloys, and body-colored side sill panels. This particular version also sits a tad lower than the regular FWD versions of the QX30 to add a bit of sportiness.

The Luxury and Premium versions in AWD guise also have their own front and rear lower fascias, along with roof rails, extended overfenders, different black mold-in color side sills, an increased ride height, and bespoke 18-inch rims.

Infiniti USA says the “premium active crossover” will start hitting dealers next month. Meanwhile, you can read our First Drive and find out why we consider it as being “one of the most well-rounded entry-luxury crossovers around.”

Check out the attached press release for additional info.

Source: Infiniti USA

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INFINITI announces U.S. pricing for all-new 2017 QX30 premium active crossover

  • All-new 2017 QX30 priced from under $30,000 USD
  • Dynamic, responsive performance, with standard 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, is perfectly suited for the active urban environment
  • Available technology includes INFINITI’s Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection and first-ever Intelligent Park Assist
  • Special INFINITI QX30 Reservation Program now available online at InfinitiUSA.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – INFINITI Today announced pricing for the first-ever INFINITI QX30 premium active crossover, which arrives at INFINITI retailers nationwide in September. It is available in six trim levels: QX30, QX30 Luxury, QX30 Premium, QX30 Sport, QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD.

In addition, a special 2017 QX30 Reservation Program is now available at InfinitiUSA.com for buyers desiring to be among the first in line for the bold new premium active crossover. Those who sign up for the program will be rewarded with their choice from a selection of premium gifts, including a GoPro® Hero4 Silver camera, Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II, Starwood Preferred Guest® one-night accommodation, GILT™ online shopping experience and a specially curated culinary experience.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2017 INFINITI QX30 are:

Model Engine/Drive MSRP
QX30 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $29,950 USD
QX30 Luxury 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $32,600 USD
QX30 Premium 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $35,300 USD
QX30 Sport 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $38,500 USD
QX30 Luxury AWD 2.0L I4 Turbo / AWD $34,400 USD
QX30 Premium AWD 2.0L I4 Turbo / AWD $37,700 USD

Destination and Handling $995 USD

"The all-new QX30 is a tremendous addition to the INFINITI lineup – a powerful statement of our design and technology leadership and a vehicle that we predict will bring a new generation of premium buyers into our showrooms,” said Randy Parker, vice president, INFINITI Americas. “In addition to its striking appearance, the QX30 offers confidence-inspiring handling and an available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, making the QX30 the ideal vehicle to take on urban, suburban and winding rural roads in all driving conditions.”

The all-new 2017 QX30 was created to make a bold visual statement. The exterior is characterized by dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines. Standard exterior features include signature LED daytime running lights and auto on/off halogen headlights, with available LED headlights with Active Front lighting System (AFS) and auto high/low beam function, and LED fog lights. A panoramic moonroof and roof rails are also offered.

The QX30 Sport includes unique front and rear lower fascias, gloss black grille, body-color side sill panels, dark chrome exhaust finishers and unique 19-inch Gun Metallic aluminum-alloy wheels. Other included features range from panoramic moonroof to INFINITI InTouch with Navigation and INFINITI InTouch Services. The QX30 Sport also features a slightly lower ride height than standard QX30 2WD models.

The QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD also include unique front and rear lower fascias, extended overfenders, unique black mold-in color side sills, roof rails, unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a higher ride height.

Inside, the QX30 challenges traditional standards of symmetry with its expressive, modern and dynamic interior. All QX30 models offer included Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor, INFINITI Intelligent Key, three 12-volt power outlets and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control. QX30 Luxury and Premium grades offer Nappa leather-appointed seating.

Advanced audio, navigation and connectivity systems are also available, including a Bose® 10-speaker audio system and HD radio. Also standard is SiriusXM® Travel Link with access to weather, fuel prices, stocks, sports and movie times (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).

INFINITI’s InTouch™ infotainment system provides highly intuitive finger touch and swipe control through a 7.0-inch touch-screen HMI (human machine interface). INFINITI Voice Recognition interacts with the InTouch™ infotainment system to control audio and navigation commands. Other available technology includes the Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC).

The 2017 QX30’s advanced powertrain delivers a confidence-inspiring, dynamic driving experience aided by available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit is rated at 208 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, with peak torque of 258 lb-ft available from 1,200 rpm. The QX30 also includes an idle stop-start system (ISS) in combination with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. All 2017 QX30 models feature a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system with standard paddle shifters.

The QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD models come equipped with Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

The 2017 QX30 offers a range of active safety and hazard avoidance technologies that enhance the driving experience. In a first for INFINITI, the QX30 Sport features the new Intelligent Park Assist system, which uses 12 sensors to determine if a potential parking spot is the right size. If it is, the driver simply presses a button to confirm and operate the accelerator, shifter and brake pedal. The QX30 will park itself smoothly in parallel or reverse-in parking spots**. Intelligent Park Assist is standard on the QX30 Sport and also available on QX30 Premium models as part of the optional Technology Package.

Other available QX30 safety, security and driver’s assistance features include Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB).