Infiniti’s rival to the Audi A3 will be offered with a number of Mercedes engines
After numerous concept versions, the Q30 is making its debut in production form at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and is a crucial model for Nissan’s luxury division, which has had a tough time making an impact on the European car market, and the UK in particular.
The British-built Q30 is closely related to the A-class, thanks to a co-operation deal with Mercedes-Benz that also sees Infiniti’s bigger Q50 and Q70 models use the German firm’s 2.1-litre diesel engine.
The interior of the Q30 reflects as much, with many of the buttons, dials and switches lifted directly from the A-class.
On top of the standard SE specification, Infiniti will offer Premium and Sport models. Premium adds LED fog lights, body-coloured wing mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Sport features a bodykit, 15mm lowered ride height, 19-inch alloys and upgraded seats.
Infiniti boasts that the Q30 is unique in the premium compact segment because it combines coupé-like proportions with an almost SUV-like stance. It has also paid special attention to sound insulation, and boasts that the Q3 is 10 per cent quieter at 75mph than its closest rival, helped by Active Noise Cancalletion speakers that emit sound waves intended to negate any booming noises from the engine.
Other technology includes automatic parking with 360-degree camera, blind spot warning and autonomous emergency braking to prevent the car from running into the vehicle in front.
The engine range starts with a 1.6-litre petrol unit with either 118- or 154bhp, while diesels are 1.5- and 2.1 litres in capacity, with outputs ranging from 106- to 168bhp. Premium and Sport models can also be ordered with a 2.0-litre, 208bhp petrol unit. Six-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch gearboxes will be offered.
The Infiniti Q30 goes on sale later this year, with first deliveries expected in January. Prices are yet to be confirmed.
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