TMR Team | Dec 20, 2012

INFINITI Q30 CONFIRMED

Infiniti has confirmed it will introduce a new small car to its new Q range in 2015, taking on the 1 Series, A-Class, Audi A3 and Lexus CT.

Entering below the upcoming Q50 sedan - the new name for the midsized G family car - the new model could be based on the Etherea concept revealed early last year.

With its production debut at least two years away however, it is likely the new model - possibly called Q30 - will introduce new styling features not yet revealed.

The new small car will be built by Nissan in the UK, alongside the Qashqai (Dualis) and Juke SUVs, the Note small car and the electric Leaf hatch.

Nissan is already anticipating a 510,000 total for its UK production figures, and the introduction of the new Infiniti model is expected to boost that number by a further 60,000.

“This milestone, our first premium product to be manufactured at Sunderland, reconfirms our commitment to UK manufacturing and the ongoing success of the plant, which is moving up the value chain," Nissan's Colin Dodge said.

“Just as important, the new Infiniti, which will be exported around the world, is being developed with help from our London design centre and our European Technical Centre at Cranfield.”

The new model is also expected to bring a further 1000 jobs to the Sunderland plant, where 6000 workers are currently employed.

 

The Infiniti Etherea Concept

In concept form, the Etherea draws its styling inspiration from the popular Essence study, and is expected to preview elements of the new Q50's look.

Measuring 4400mm long - around 55mm shorter than the new Pulsar hatch - the Etherea is powered by a petrol/electric hybrid arrangement which sees a 182kW 2.5 litre supercharged four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor.

Power is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Infiniti design boss Shiro Nakamura describes the Etherea as a cross between a hatch, sedan and coupe, even drawing cues from the larger SUV segment.

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