A fully camouflaged prototype of the Infiniti QX30 has been spied undergoing preliminary testing ahead of an expected 2015 launch.

A fully camouflaged prototype of the Infiniti QX30 has been spied undergoing preliminary testing ahead of an expected 2015 launch.

Set to be a global model, the QX30 will be a crossover version of the Q30 and both of them are going to ride on the same MFA platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The first to come out will be the Q30 hatchback set to enter production mid-2015 at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in United Kingdom while the high-riding QX30 spotted here will be introduced several months later.

Although wrapped around in an extensive amount of camouflage, the prototype shows clear signs of its origins as the body's styling echoes the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Former Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer (now Aston Martin's CEO), said a while back the QX30 is going to be priced competitively with the Audi Q3 and we will get a sneak peek of the model in a short while through a concept.

The concept he was talking about will probably be revealed in January at 2015 NAIAS in Detroit or in Geneva next March and will probably have a lot in common with the Q30 concept exhibited at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. Both the Q30 and QX30 are expected to be powered by a Mercedes-Benz-sourced four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 211 bhp (157 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft).

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