QX30 Has A Date With Death, But An “All-Infiniti” Replacement Is In The Works

The Infiniti QX30 is only a few years old, but the model is already living on borrowed time.

In an interview with Motor Authority, Infiniti President Christian Meunier rather bluntly admitted the QX30 is “not a very successful product.” That’s putting it mildly as the company only managed to sell 8,101 units in the United States last year. To put that number into perspective, Mercedes sold over 24,000 GLAs which means their version of the crossover outsold the Infiniti by nearly 3:1.

Despite announcing plans to drop the model, this won’t happen overnight. As Meunier explained, “We’ll keep selling it for now, but this is not a product that has a future beyond its current life [cycle].”

While the QX30 wasn’t a hit with consumers, Infiniti isn’t going to abandon the booming compact crossover market. Instead, Meunier confirmed plans for a replacement and said the model will ride on an “all-Infiniti platform.” This would be a big change as the current crossover is underpinned by Mercedes’ MFA platform.

The platform might not be the only thing that is new as Meunier suggested the model will use a small displacement engine with variable-compression turbo technology. The system debuted on the 2019 QX50 in a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 268 hp (200 kW / 271 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque.

There’s no word on the displacement or output of the smaller VC-Turbo engine, but the current QX30 has a Mercedes-sourced turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. There’s speculation the new engine could also come paired with some form of electrification, but nothing is official as of yet.

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  • no25

    tbh I forgot these existed. There was honestly nothing special about them anyways.

  • Axiom Ethos

    Just another over-priced and under-powered semi-luxury vehicle. Should’ve made it 300 hp and a tad bigger.

  • ksegg

    A badge-engineered vehicle getting axed? NO WAY?!

  • An Existing Person

    Even though this looks much better than the GLA, I guess most people look at the brand instead.

    • Joe E

      Agree it looks a lot better than the GLA, but the QX30 looks very Mazda 3 to me. I’ve only seen 2 in person here in Los Angeles.


  • EM1

    Rule # 1 – Never do business with Mercedes
    Rule # 2 – Remember rule #1

  • Selldivision

    You can’t polish a turd. But you can roll it in glitter.

  • JBsC6

    Looks too much like a lifted station wagon and thats the only reason its a soft seller….drives nicely….just the looks dont work in the market.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      It looks like a lifted hatch, the rear is very short

  • Able

    Absolutely rubbish car, just like the GLA and A-Class on which it’s based. Shame because I think that it looks quite good.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This is more of a product for the European market. If you’re not wealthy, there’s better options for 35,000, and if you are wealthy, there are better options for 45,000 or more.

  • cobra617

    – Underpowered
    – Expensive to repair Mercedes engine

    They should have just dropped the VQ37 in there. Rock solid reliability and relatively inexpensive to work on. I just don’t trust MB engines. (Or most European cars for that matter)
    I am not a crossover guy, but if I had to choose, I still like the previous QX50 (the one with the VQ37) out of all of the crossovers. (With the new RDX a second…might be 1st with a Type-S model) Though I’d consider that car more of a wagon than a crossover.

    • Christian Wimmer


      Been driving European cars for decades in my family and the engines are perfectly fine and not that expensive to repair or maintain.

      In fact the only car whose engine ever let us down as a 1998 Nissan Cefiro Elite with the 2.0 VQ V6. Terrible gas mileage and head gasket issues – thrice! My dad couldn’t wait to get rid of that POS.

      • cobra617

        There is always that one person…I guess that you aren’t familiar with a scientific sample size???? Your personal experience is meaningless. Way too small of a sample size.
        This isn’t even a real discussion. European cars are no where near as reliable as Japanese cars.
        Look at Consumer Reports. Talk to repair shops. I have a few friends and a couple of family members that own repair facilities. They’ll tell you. If you want reliability Lexus/Toyota, Honda/Acura, Subaru, etc… You’ll see a pattern of Japanese cars. I literally had this discussion with a friend that owns a high end repair facility. He was telling me that the 2 craziest car owners he sees are BMW and Jeep. Because they keep throwing money at cars whose reliability is awful. They are reliability nightmares. Adding insult to injury….BMW are stupid expensive to repair.

        The only European cars that are reliable are Audi (this is only since about 2009 or so, before that they were junk) and most Porsche.

        Some Euro cars:
        BMW – Not very reliable. But VERY expensive to repair.
        Mercedes – See BMW above
        Jaguar – Atrociously awful reliability
        Fiat – Do I even put anything in here? Probably the worst cars (reliability wise) in the world.
        Volvo – Ugghhhh
        VW – Not as bad as they used to be, but still not close to the Japanese cars.

        As to my original comment. Yes, the Nissan/Infiniti VQ37 is a rock solid reliable engine.

    • Sybill Julian

      for old mercedes, yes it is reliable and cheap to repair (under 2000s or anything before W220, W211, W204)

  • Dennis Scipio

    So this was based off of the same platform as the GLA? I didn’t know that but looking at it or does look similar.

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      It is the same car with other body.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Anybody know the story behind this? How did Infiniti and Benz end up in bed together for this project?

  • Christian Wimmer

    I saw one two days ago. Doesn’t look that bad in person.

  • Stephen G

    Even though it’s a better looking vehicle it doesn’t carry the panache that Mercedes does. Need to do PR to boost the brand.

  • DMax

    I drove it once. I though it was terrible.

  • cobra617

    Reliability woes does not make a car not sell. If that were the case, Fiat/Chrysler would no longer exist.
    As for Consumer Reports, forget about overall reliability. Look at Engine Major/Minor and Transmission Major/Minor. Look at fuel system. In car electronics to me is an inconvenience and I don’t pay it any attention. European cars are not where the Japanese cars are.
    In the US, Mercedes and BMW parts are far more expensive than the Japanese car parts. Also, labor times for BMW/MB are higher because, often times it requires more labor time to get that part replaced. So, higher hourly rates and higher number of hours.
    I don’t know how someone can believe that BMW/Mercedes cars are anywhere near as reliable as Infiniti/Acura (don’t even think Lexus).

    I don’t get MB. Except for the AMG, I don’t know why anyone would buy one. Boring cars. I’d get a Lexus instead of a MB all day.

    And if we go by your 1 car sample size….I owned a VW Golf GTi VR6. Nothing but problems. Fun to drive, when it was on the road.
    I owned it for under 50K miles. 3 Windows regulators (it was a 2 door), seized tensioner pulley which broke my serpentine belt (left me stranded), cracked oil pan (poor design, had the drain plug protruding down vertically from the aluminum pan).
    The above is just a list of a few things I had wrong….If you’d go on the vwvortex forums. Everyone was having the same problems.

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