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Mike Stevens | Nov, 05 2014 | 3 Comments

A new compact Infiniti model, believed to be the ‘QX30’ companion to the coming Q30 hatch, has been spied testing in Europe this week.

Revealed in concept form late last year, the Q30 was originally expected to straddle the line between high-riding compact SUV and conventional hatch.

Reports and comments in the past year, however, suggest that the production Q30 will ride lower than its concept forebear and a new QX30 will enter as a proper crossover model.

As these new spy photos reveal, the QX30 will boast a largely identical ride height to the earlier Q30 concept, and we can likely expect a rugged-look body-kit to further set the crossover apart from its hatch sibling.

For now, the spied prototypes styling and proportions appear to be a match for the Q30 concept, although the finer details remain obscured under heavy camouflage.

The QX30 will enter as a rival to Audi’s Q3 and the BMW X1, while the lower Q30 will take on the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and other premium compacts.

The two new Infiniti offerings are expected to utilise the powertrains and ‘MFA’ platform of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and GLA, as part of Renault Nissan’s ongoing technical alliance with Daimler.

"When you buy into premium, the platform needs to be stiffer, the suspension needs to be better, the NVH (noise-vibration-harshness) needs to be better, and that’s where we came to the agreement that we would use the MFA platform,” Palmer told industry paper Automotive News earlier this year.

Palmer said that the new crossover will enter production in the second half of 2015 - suggesting a concept could appear as soon as October’s Paris Motor Show.

In the scope of the Infiniti range, the QX30 would enter below the midsized QX50 and the larger QX60, QX70 and QX80 models.

Both models will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in England, where production capacity has been increased by around 60,000 units to accommodate the small Infiniti pair.

Palmer also revealed that a global launch schedule is intended for both models.

"We plan to supply the Q30 and QX30 globally from Sunderland including to the United States and China,” Palmer told the paper.

Pricing for the new models is of course still to be revealed, although Palmer reportedly hinted that “the equivalent offerings from Audi” could be used as a guide.

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