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Infiniti QX30 Crossover Concept Debuts in Geneva

A Q30 with some extra cladding.

We won't have to wait too long to see how Infiniti's newest concept car turns into reality, since the production version of this Infiniti QX30 concept will go into production later this year. After showing teasers of this new compact luxury crossover over the last few weeks, Infiniti is now revealing full photos and information on the QX30 concept for its official debut at the Geneva auto show.

To create the QX30, Infiniti started with the existing Q30 concept from 2013, raised it one inch, and added all sorts of lower-body cladding, skid plates, reshaped bumpers, a roof rack, and larger wheels and tires for a more SUV-like look. The end-product is a compact crossover that fits in with Infiniti's swoopy styling seen on recent concepts like the Q80 Inspiration and the Q60 Coupe.

The interior also follows certain Infiniti styling touches with its purple accents throughout that provide an interesting contrast to the brown and blue leather that adorns the seats, steering wheel, dashboard, and door panels. There isn't much inside in terms of wild, concept-car technologies, and the overall dashboard layout looks remarkably production-ready, though the individual rear seats will likely give way to a three-passenger rear bench as the concept becomes a reality.

When the production Infiniti QX30 is revealed later this year, it will compete with various German crossovers like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Incidentally, it also shares its platform and powertrain with Mercedes-Benz's entry in this segment, as both the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 will use Mercedes-Benz's compact, front-drive architecture and turbocharged four-cylinder engine seen in the GLA and CLA. The QX30 concept also features all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission, both of which are sure bets for the production version.

The Infiniti QX30 will be produced alongside the Q30 at Infiniti's plant in Sunderland, U.K., and these new models should go on sale sometime in early 2016.