2018.5 Infiniti QX30 Gets Standard Auto Emergency Braking, Price Increases

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - June 11, 2018

Luxury buyers considering the Infiniti QX30 will soon have an upgrade to consider. According to the latest order guides, the automaker is making automatic emergency braking standard in what's being called a 2018.5 mid-year-update.

In addition, trim changes are being introduced to bring the QX30 closer in line with other Infinitis. In the process, our analysis shows this will result in price increases and the potential for shoppers to miss out on thousands in incentives.

Here's what you need to know.

Mid-Year Changes

The first thing shoppers may notice is that trim names have been updated to match vehicles like the Q50 and new QX50. Gone are the QX30 Base, Luxury, Premium and Sport, replaced by PURE, LUXE, ESSENTIAL and SPORT.

On the surface, the $30,945 entry price for the QX30 will remain unchanged. Since automatic emergency braking will now be a no-cost feature, this may come as a pleasant surprise to cross-shoppers.

Next up, the LUXE has been priced from $33,795, $200 higher than the old Luxury trim. Here, the most noteworthy changes are a standard panoramic moonroof and the fact that the vehicle will now come with leatherette upholstery.

Yes, it may sound somewhat preposterous, but the LUXE will indeed lose its leather seats in favor of leatherette. In doing so, the vehicle will mimic what the brand is already doing in the 2018 Q50.

Further up the trim range, the ESSENTIAL and SPORT have been priced from $37,695 and $40,895, respectively, a $1,400 increase from the $36,295 MSRP of the QX30 Premium and $39,495 price tag of the Sport.

In a somewhat bizarre move, the most expensive QX30 will no longer be the Sport. That's because the all-wheel drive version of the ESSENTIAL trim has been priced from $42,195, $4,500 more than the front-wheel drive model.

The main reason appears to be the fact that nav is now standard in the ESSENTIAL with all-wheel drive. Previously, it was an $1,850 option. It's worth noting that there was already a $2,400 difference in the old Premium trim.

Other packaging changes aim to help boost appeal. For example, the vehicle's navigation system will now come with a built-in surround-view monitor with moving object detection.

An optional City Black Package will also now be available in the QX30 SPORT. For an extra $1,450, it adds black leatherette seats with purple stitching, unique 19-inch wheels with purple accents, satin silver mirror caps and more.

Those looking to get more standard features may want to consider a 2018.5 QX30. However, it's worth noting Infiniti is using up to $5,000 in unadvertised incentives to lower prices of the old version. The new one has no such offers.

Editor's Note: 2018 QX30 pictured

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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