There’s no reason to leave a question mark on the Infiniti Q30 photo that we showed you on Monday anymore, as the Japanese firm made it official today.
Infiniti’s first entry in the competitive premium compact hatch category with rivals such as the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, VW Golf and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class with which it shares its ‘MFA’ platform and mechanical hardware, comes two years after the public premiere of the Q30 Active Compact Concept.
Here’s how Infiniti describes the new five-door hatch in their press blurb:
“The all-new Q30 represents a category-breaking vehicle concept developed for customers seeking urban individuality. Its dynamic drive characteristics provide for Infiniti-typical confident and responsive performance as well as excellent ride and handling. Crafted trims and expressive interiors extend the striking design approach from the exterior into the passenger cabin.”
Infiniti did not give out any other details, but the ‘2.2d’ badge on the Q30’s fender points to the Mercedes-sourced 2.2-liter diesel four-pot with 168HP (170PS) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) used in the European-market Q50 where its hooked up to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Q30 will be built alongside its crossover-sibling, the upcoming QX30, at Nissan’s Sunderland factory in the UK from where it will be exported all over the world, including North America and China. The world premiere of the Q30 will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.