The production version of Infiniti's all-new crossover hatchback has been revealed ahead of its public unveiling in Frankfurt
21 July 2015

The production version of the Infiniti Q30 has been revealed ahead of its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Infiniti has kept the final version close to the concept car, which was first shown at the Frankfurt show in 2013. It has been described as “category breaking” and is officially referred to as an Active Compact car.

The company claims that it will offer dynamic driving characteristics, which were honed as a result of testing in Europe. The car itself will be built at the Nissan/Infiniti plant in Sunderland. Orders will be taken after the car is revealed at the Frankfurt show but deliveries will not start until early 2016.

More information on the car’s cabin is due to be revealed on 1 September, but it is described as coming with crafted trims and expressive interiors.

The all-new Q30 hatchback will be the brand's first model to be built in Europe. The Sunderland plant has a new body shop and a larger trim and chassis assembly line thanks to a £250 million investment by Nissan.

Colin Lawther, senior vice president for manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management in Europe, said: “Infiniti production heralds the beginning of a new era for our operations in the UK.”

Later in the Q30's life cycle, a high-performance version is expected to arrive to top off the range, extending the line-up to three models by around 2016/2017.

Details of the Q30's powertrain are scarce, but one possibility for the performance model is to use a high-output version of Infiniti’s new, 208bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, just launched in the Q50 saloon. Performance versions of rival engines are producing around 300bhp from a similar capacity.

The rapid Q30 - which could also feature the Eau Rouge name used on the performance Q50 - is expected to sit on a lowered chassis that will drop the high-riding Q30 hatch closer to the road in order to improve handling. 

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10 March 2014
.. This all looks like it gearing up for Daimler to move for Nissan/Renault .. Twingo using and co developing smart platform! Renault small capacity engines fettled and used in A class ..now Infiniti models developed by Mercedes.. All makes sense..plus Renault can definitely help Merc with front drive small fun vehicles!

21 July 2015
Bobstardeluxe wrote:
.. This all looks like it gearing up for Daimler to move for Nissan/Renault .. Twingo using and co developing smart platform! Renault small capacity engines fettled and used in A class ..now Infiniti models developed by Mercedes.. All makes sense..plus Renault can definitely help Merc with front drive small fun vehicles!
It's already pretty much happened. Daimler will develop RWD platforms and Renault FWD platforms for all brands in the group. It's nearly what the Volvo - Renault tie up was meant to be. Daimler have also been working with Renault on the perceived quality and NVH of all Renault and Nissan new models.

10 March 2014
Just as long as Renault don't develop the next A class, every Megane that i can remember has been mediocre at best

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21 July 2015
iamnotbritishandthereforeunbiased wrote:
Just as long as Renault don't develop the next A class, every Megane that i can remember has been mediocre at best
They are.

10 March 2014
I hope Mercedes-Benz do a better job with Infiniti's Q30 than they did with their own A-Class. Just read a What Car? group test (A-Class against the Audi A3, Mazda 3 and Peugeot 308). It came last by quite some margin! Not many cars get just 2 stars, yet the A-Class managed it.

22 June 2015
I've already seen a production spec version with very minimal camouflage (even less than these pictures). Its stunning, and the looks along will sell it.
Dark Isle wrote:
I hope Mercedes-Benz do a better job with Infiniti's Q30 than they did with their own A-Class. Just read a What Car? group test (A-Class against the Audi A3, Mazda 3 and Peugeot 308). It came last by quite some margin! Not many cars get just 2 stars, yet the A-Class managed it.
I've driven an A-Class. I was actually considering buying one - but after driving it I came to the conclusion that its an appalling car. Even something as simple as the electronic parking break doesn't make a lick of sense in that car. The extremely steep price didn't help things, either.

21 July 2015
benanderson89 wrote:
I've already seen a production spec version with very minimal camouflage (even less than these pictures). Its stunning, and the looks along will sell it.
Dark Isle wrote:
I hope Mercedes-Benz do a better job with Infiniti's Q30 than they did with their own A-Class. Just read a What Car? group test (A-Class against the Audi A3, Mazda 3 and Peugeot 308). It came last by quite some margin! Not many cars get just 2 stars, yet the A-Class managed it.
I've driven an A-Class. I was actually considering buying one - but after driving it I came to the conclusion that its an appalling car. Even something as simple as the electronic parking break doesn't make a lick of sense in that car. The extremely steep price didn't help things, either.
My mum bought one. After the Golf 7 she had, it leagues ahead in some areas. It was also cheaper than the Golf 7 like for like (£24,300 opposed to £27,100). Yes the ride is a little firm and rear seat space is huge, but it handles well, and has an amazing interior.

21 July 2015
Dark Isle wrote:
I hope Mercedes-Benz do a better job with Infiniti's Q30 than they did with their own A-Class. Just read a What Car? group test (A-Class against the Audi A3, Mazda 3 and Peugeot 308). It came last by quite some margin! Not many cars get just 2 stars, yet the A-Class managed it.
Not read that test, but sounds deserved. The A class is a deeply mediocre car, priced at a premium.

22 July 2015
"Not read that test, but sounds deserved. The A class is a deeply mediocre car, priced at a premium." Agree, same for the GLA - nowhere near as good as a Q3 or a CX-5 (not driven a CX-3 so can't comment on that).

21 July 2015
Looks a lot like the latest Mazda's.

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