2016 Infiniti QX30 Concept
There's not much that screams "concept" about the QX30, save the over-large, 21-inch wheels. Otherwise this baby-ute looks like a production runner, and that's pretty much intentional, because Infiniti, like all other makes, is racing to fill the niche of the five-door mini crossover, a genre that happens to be booming for every brand from Subaru to Mercedes. This is partly because SUVs have taught us to like sitting up high, and partly because American roads are battered to smithereens, and sitting farther from shattered asphalt feels safer. It's also because Americans fear "wagons," but every crossover, like this spiffy Infiniti, gets a fifth door which hugely aids utility vs. a similarly compact sedan. While the concept was said to get a direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder motor, Infiniti says the modular architecture could accommodate a diesel engine as well, all of which is subject to change, of course. The concept has seating for four, but we bet the rear cockpit will feature a bench seat come production. The QX30 shares a platform with Mercedes' GLA, because the partnership benefits both Nissan-Renault (Infiniti's parent) and Mercedes by spreading development costs among more models.