The British-built Q30 is a model which Infiniti says it needs fast
"This is a quick program and Infiniti needs a new model in Europe fast," says Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen.
The Q30 is based on Mercedes’ new front-drive MFA platform, which underpins the new A-class.
"We will set the specifications and parameters and Mercedes will engineer the car. It is their platform," added de Nysschen.
The Q30 will be engineered for production in double-quick time, taking just 18 months from design freeze to production start.
Effectively Infiniti is contracting out the engineering development to a third-party to ease the demands on its own engineering teams.
Although Infiniti didn’t discuss powertrains in the new model, it is highly likely that engines will be carry-over Mercedes units, themselves co-developed with Renault-Nissan under the joint development project with Mercedes.