After a rather lengthy teasing campaign , Infiniti is finally showing us the production-ready Q30 hatchback which debuts this week at IAA in Frankfurt.
It was two years ago at the same venue where Infiniti provided a first glimpse at its premium hatchback and now they are showing the production car which uses the same MRA platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. As you can see, the design has mostly been carried over from the concept and it doesn’t take an expert to see that many of the body panels have a lot in common with Daimler's model.
It is the same story on the inside where many of the buttons, knobs, instrument cluster display and other bits and pieces are borrowed from the A-Class. That being said, it should be mentioned the Q30's trunk space of 368 liters is slightly bigger than the 340 liters offered by its German sibling.
The entry-level SE version will be sold alongside a Premium trim which gets LED fog lamps, body-colored and heated mirrors, 18-inch rims and dual rectangular exhaust tips featuring a chrome finish. There's also a Sport version with a lowered suspension, beefier front and rear bumpers, glossy black front grille, different side sills, 19-inch alloys and a black look for the dual exhaust tips.
In terms of engines, the 2016 Infiniti Q30 will use a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline unit with 122 PS (90 kW) and 156 PS (115 kW) along with a 1.5-liter diesel rated at 109 PS (80 kW) and a larger 2.2-liter diesel generating 170 PS (125 kW). Go for the more expensive Premium or Sport version and you can select a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with 211 PS (155 kW). These engines work together with a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox.
Infiniti will start selling the Q30 in select markets before the end of the year and it will be shortly followed by a QX30 crossover in the same vein as the Mercedes-Benz GLA.