Mercedes-Benz Developing Infiniti Q30 Hatcback
Infiniti made some waves in the small car world when it debuted the Q30 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Q30 began Infiniti’s latest push into new market segments, and became one of the more pronounced uses of the brand’s “Essence” styling language. The Q30 might have to add German to its list of languages though, as it appears the small hatch will be developed with help from Mercedes-Benz. Premium hatchbacks are all the rage in Europe. It is a market dominated by the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and others. Infiniti wants to break into this market– and do it fast. According to UK’s Autocar, the Japanese luxury division tapped Mercedes-Benz to develop the Q30 at a rapid pace. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept
The Q30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz MFA platform which is the base for the A-Class compact car (below). This shared platform will help M-B engineers rush this vehicle to market, taking just 18 months to get this vehicle to market.
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No word on engine options yet, but the Q30 would like employ the power already in use in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Those engines were actually developed in a joint venture with Renault-Nissan. We’ll be very curious to see how this rushed development takes place, and how much Mercedes-Benz DNA will show through on the finished product.
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