The Infiniti Q30 has been allegedly leaked ahead of the its official debut which is to happen at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The luxury hatchback is the first ever European-built Infiniti, with the production being planned to be carried out at parent company Nissan’s Sunderland plant from where it will be exported to the US, Canada and China also.
The car is based on Mercedes-Benz MFA (Modular Front-wheel drive Architecture) platform, which also underpins the A-Class and the GLA-Class of the German automaker. The same platform will be used for its crossover version, the QX30 crossover, as well. The crossover version will be introduced soon after the hatchback goes into production and it will be built alongside the hatchback at the same plant.
The first image of the its alleged production version has been uploaded on Russian website, Autowp. The Q30 hatchback sports a high ground clearance, with the front closely resembling the concept car. Moreover, its wheelbase appears to be oddly longer than a regular hatchback.
The Q30 is expected to borrow the Q50’s 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine, which develops 168 hp and 400 Nm of torque. On the Q50, this engine comes with 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic transmission options, and both these are expected to be made available on the Q30 as well.
Front-wheel drive will be standard, while all-wheel drive would be offered on the higher-specced models. The Q30 will compete with the likes of the Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. It will likely arrive in the US and Canada – the two major car markets where the Mercedes A-Class isn’t sold, in 2016.
[Image Source: Autowp]