Infiniti at this year’s North American International Auto Show announced that it would be laying its QX30 luxury crossover to rest and that it won’t return for a second generation in its current form.
“(The QX30 is) not a very successful product. We’ll keep selling it for now…but this is not a product that has a future beyond its current life,” he said at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit”
“It will be replaced in the future by an all-Infiniti platform,” Meunier added. The current QX30 is a result of a partnership that was signed in 2010 between, Infiniti’s parent Nissan and Mercedes-Benz. While the partnership was signed almost a decade ago, it was not until 2017 that an Infiniti took its final shape under it.
The current QX30 is a result of a partnership that was signed in 2010 between, Infiniti’s parent Nissan and Mercedes-Benz
The Infiniti QX30 currently shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. However, in 2018, the Japanese manufacturer opted to not use an updated platform that was offered by its German partner. Nissan had earlier invested more than $300 million in a UK plant to build the cars which included Mercedes tooling.
In the same breath, Meunier also confirmed that the upcoming replacement for the QX30 could use variable-compression engine technology which currently features on the QX50 that was introduced last year.
The Infiniti QX30 currently shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
This year’s NAIAS also marks Infiniti’s 30 year anniversary. And as a part of the celebration, the company unveiled a concept that could very well be a curtain raiser for its future endeavours in the EV segment.
Christened as the QX Inspiration, the model will spawn a production model which will be the first to use Infiniti’s modular electric platform. More electric cars will follow the crossover in the future. The company suggests that the platform is capable of featuring parallel hybrid as well as pure, battery-electric powertrains. Models that will employ this platform are expected to have a maximum of 400hp on tap with about 480km of range on a single charge.