Making its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show, the new Q30 represents Infiniti’s first global entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment. It will also become the company’s first ever vehicle to be built in Europe, at newly-upgraded production facilities in Sunderland.
Infiniti says the hatchback’s development started at the brand’s technical centre in Japan, before moving to Europe for final development and testing. In total, over 750 engineers in Japan and Europe are said to have been involved in the car’s overall development.
Visually, the car stays true to the key design cues from the original 2013 concept, with the body being “marked by turbulent character lines and sculptural shapes that look stretched over bone and muscle,” according to Infiniti design boss, Alfonso Albaisa.
Underneath, there will be a number of different engine options. In the base ‘SE’ model, a 1.6-litre engine, with either 120 bhp or 154 bhp will be joined by diesel options that include 1.5-litre and 2.2-litre engines, both four cylinder, with 107 bhp, and 168 bhp, power outputs, respectively.
In addition to the above, there will be two bespoke ‘Premium’ and ‘Sport’ trim models that will be powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine producing 208 bhp.
The engines will be paired to either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
Infiniti bosses are hoping the Q30 will play an important role in helping the company realise its plans for global growth. The carmaker sold 136,700 new vehicles worldwide during the first eight months of 2015, representing an increase of 14% compared to the same period in 2014.