Infiniti reveals interior of its Audi A3 rival, the Q30

Infiniti Q30 dashboard
The interior of the Infiniti Q30 will feature a leather-trimmed dash top and plenty of Mercedes parts

Nissan's premium brand has released pictures ahead of the Q30's official unveil at this month's Frankfurt motor show

Infiniti has revealed the interior of its new Q30 – a rival to prestige hatchbacks, such as the Audi A3 Sportback and Mercedes A-class.

Under the skin, the 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.

However, this latest image shows that it’s not just the bits you can’t see that the cars share; the Q30’s instruments are lifted from the A-class, as are many of its switches.

European sales figures for Nissan’s Infiniti premium brand have been very disappointing up to now. However, it has high hopes for the Q30, because it will compete in one of the biggest sectors of the car market.

The production Q30 will closely resemble this concept shown at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show

The Q30 will be built exclusively at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, with UK sales due to start towards the end of this year. And in 2016, it will spawn a QX30 SUV that will compete with the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.

If these new models fail to provide a significant boost to Infiniti sales, it’s hard to see the brand remaining in Europe.

The new Infiniti Q30 will make its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, and we'll be reporting live from the press day on September 15. The show is open to the general public from September 17-27.

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