Though this QX30 is clearly based on its Q30 stablemate, its elevated stance and Crossover styling cues give it a more striking visual impact. The QX30 stands 30mm higher than the Q30, with satin chrome roof rails fitted as standard. And its wheel arch cladding is 5mm wider than that on the Q30, adding to the premium active crossover's purposeful appearance. An overall height of 1,530mm helps improve forward visibility, aided by a slim A-pillar design, while the elevated ride allows for a higher hip point (1,324mm), improving ease of ingress and egress. Other exterior details include re-designed front and rear bumpers and grained side sills for the required rugged look, as well as bodywork finished with satin chrome-plated inserts. The double-arch grille with three-dimensional mesh has been developed from its application on the Q30, drawing a flowing, fluid link to the headlamps for a more organic shape.
Otherwise, the aesthetics are much as they are with the Q30, characterised by dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines. These flow up the double-wave bonnet, over the fenders, across the body line and into the strong shoulders of the car. The overall effect is designed to look stretched over bone and muscle, rather than the straight, 'mechanical' lines seen on rival models. Boot space is a reasonable 368-litres.