The Infiniti Q30 has made its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA). The Q30 hatchback is based on Mercedes-Benz’s MRA platform which is shared with the Mercedes A-Class. However, the Infiniti hatchback features the brand’s distinct character and is completely different from the Mercedes A-Class.
The Nissan Q30 will offered in three trim levels – Base, Premium and Sport. The exterior features design that has been seen on other Infiniti models like the double arch grille that is inspired by the Q50. It features a raised ride height (170 mm at the front axle) which aids in ingress and egress. The Premium trim features LED fog lamps, body coloured and heated door mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome plated exhaust tips. The Sport trim adds a gloss black front grille, 19-inch wheels, sporty rear bumpers and dark chrome rectangular exhaust tips.
The interior benefits from seats that have an advanced design, with it being carefully engineered to offer enhanced spinal support minimizing the strain on the back. The seats also feature 8-way adjustment and powered lumbar support. The flat-bottomed steering wheel has been trimmed in leather while bright aluminium pedals and footrest enhance the sporty feeling.
The cabin features incorporation of high quality materials including Dinamica suede like material which is used to line the A-pillar and the roofline. It also includes the Active Noise Cancellation technology in the European models along with sound damping materials for a quieter cabin.
A range of powertrain options will be on offer globally, the base model of the Euro-spec version will sport a 1.6-litre engine producing 122 PS (120 hp) or 156 PS (154 hp). Diesel engine options include a 1.5-litre engine producing 107 hp (109 PS) and a 2.2-litre engine producing 168 hp (170 PS). Transmission options include a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and a 6-speed manual transmission. In the U.S. market, the Q30 Premium and Sport trim levels will be powered by a 208 hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
The Infiniti Q30 features driver assistance systems like Automatic Park Assist, Around View Monitor (AVM), Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection (MOD) and Intelligent Cruise Control. It will sport safety features like Forward Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Auto High Beam Assist among others.
The Infiniti Q30 active compact is set to go on sale in select markets around the world later in 2015 and has been priced from £19,780 OTR for the petrol model and £20,730 OTR for the diesel model in the UK.