Infiniti has taken the wraps off the Q30 active compact production model at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Representing Infiniti’s first global entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment, rivaling the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Mercedes-Benz A Class, Audi A3 and Lexus CT, the Q30 challenges convention with its bold character and sculpted design.
The production car largely stays true to the distinctive design cues from the original 2013 concept, featuring a uniquely expressive exterior with no shortage of curves and creases.
The expressive forms continue onto the interior of the Q30, where Infiniti interior designers have said to employ the highest quality materials and processes to create a premium modern ambiance.
The development teams behind the Q30 have also taken a holistic approach to its engineering, ensuring the car offers exceptional ride and handling, yet ‘ready to go anywhere’ thanks to the versatile dimension and confident dynamics.
“Q30 makes a daring visual statement through its sculpted, concept-car exterior, unconventional stance and asymmetric cabin design,” said Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, at the car’s launch.
“The car has been engineered to exacting standards to deliver a driving experience that is unmistakably Infiniti. Q30 will accelerate the company’s strategy to become a leading global manufacturer of premium cars.”
A varied range of turbocharged powertrain options are available. In the base model, a 1.6-litre engine, with either 90kW/200Nm or 115kW/250Nm will be joined by diesel options that include 1.5-litre and 2.2-litre engines, both four cylinder, with 80kW/260Nm and 125kW/350Nm power outputs, respectively.
In addition to these powertrain options, Premium and Sport models add a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine producing 155kW/350Nm.
All powerplants are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, though a six-speed manual gearbox will also be made available. Average fuel consumption figure is rated in the range of 3.9-5.1L/100km.
The Infiniti Q30 will go on sale in selected markets later in 2015 and is due to arrive in Australian showrooms in early 2016.