Infiniti’s first entrant into the premium compact segment makes its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
First shown as a concept vehicle in 2013, the production Q30 carries over the distinctive form as well the the crossover-like elevated ride height from its concept forebear.
Standard SE specification will be joined by upscale Premium and Sport trims.
The Q30 Premium comes with LED front fog lamps, body-coloured and heated door mirrors, dual chrome rectangular exhaust finishers and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Q30 Sport adds a unique front bumper and gloss black grille, body-coloured side sills, and a sports-styled rear bumper with dark chrome exhaust finishers.
The Sport also rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels and offers a firmer suspension tune that sits 15mm lower than SE and Premium models.
On the inside the Q30 features an asymmetrical dash design and offers a choice of interior designs.
City Black teams black upholstery with purple stitching, while Cafe Teak offers brown and black upholstery with black stitching. A high-end Gallery White theme pairs red-stitched white leather highlights with black on the dash and doors.
Powertrain choices in the SE start with a pair of 1.6 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engines producing 90kW and 115kW. Diesel engines include a 80kW 1.5 litre and 125kW 2.2 litre options.
Premium and Sport models also add the option of a 155kW 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine. The front wheels are driven through either a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, with a six speed manual to join the range.
Safety systems include automatic park assistance with Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking, and Auto High Beam Assist.
Intelligent Cruise Control is also included and can maintain a safe following distance from a vehicle in front. In a first for Infiniti a special metal plating method allows the radar waves of the Intelligent Cruise Control to pass through the Infiniti badge.
An upgraded version of the Q50’s InTouch infotainment system has, made its way into the Q30, offering tablet-like touchscreen control.
Sales of the Q30 will start in selected markets late this year, with an Australian introduction expected in the first half of 2016.