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Infiniti’s entry into the compact premium segment has been unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Or depending on how you define the term “compact,” this may be the brand’s return to the segment after a decade of absence, when the G20 sedan evolved into the G35 in the early 2000s.

The production Infiniti Q30 stays true to the concept that originally debuted in 2013 and Infiniti says that the Q30 is 'designed for a new generation of buyers who are not willing to be defined by their choice of vehicle body type,' adding that the compact 'challenges convention with its bold character and daring shape.'

The vehicle is based on the Mercedes MFA platform that also underpins the CLA-Class and GLA-Class models, and will also be used for the upcoming QX30 crossover.

Offered in three trim levels, base, Premium and Sport, the Q30 will be available with a variety of engine options. In the base model is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with either 120 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque or 154 hp and 184 lb-ft, while the Premium and Sport models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 208 hp and 258 lb-ft. In the U.S., only the 2.0-liter engine will be available across all models. That same engine will also be offered in the Q50 sedan.

Transmission options include a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. In Europe, diesel options include 1.5L and 2.2L four-cylinder engines with 107 hp and 192 lb-ft and 168 hp and 258 lb-ft, respectively.

For the interior, Infiniti aimed for a modern-looking and luxurious cabin, incorporating Dinamica on the roof-line and pillars. Dinamica is an Italian suede-like material frequently used in the high-fashion industry and it has been finding its way in other luxury cars. Interior noise levels were also a priority, as the Q30 has a 10-percent improvement in cabin quietness over the leading segment competition at a speed of 75 mph. Trunk capacity measures in at 13 cubic feet.

According to the Japanese automaker, more than 750 Infiniti engineers in Japan and Europe were involved in the Q30’s development. To give it a dynamic driving experience, engineers considered more than 50 variations of suspension settings on prototype vehicles before settling on one that strikes an ideal balance between ride and handling. Those wanting an even sportier ride can opt for the Q30 Sport, which sits 15 mm closer to the ground than the base and Premium models, resulting in a firmer ride with tighter body control and reduced roll. The exterior of the Sport model is also different than the other two with a unique front bumper, gloss black front grille, body-colored side skirts and a sporty rear bumper with dark chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. Completing the look on the Q30 Sport are 19-inch wheels.

The more luxurious Q30 Premium model adds LED front fog lights, body-colored and heated side mirrors as well as chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. The Premium model also gets 18-inch wheels.

The Q30 will also be packed with numerous advanced technology features including Automatic Park Assist with Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking, Auto High Beam Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control. The company’s InTouch infotainment system has also been upgraded for the Q30 to deliver an intuitive, tablet-like experience with a touchscreen interface.

The Infiniti Q30 will arrive dealerships in selected markets later this year. Expect pricing information and fuel economy figures to be announced closer to its release.
Read more about the Infiniti Q30 Revealed: Think of it as a Mercedes CLA Hatchback at AutoGuide.com.
 

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Looks fab. Hope a shade of metallic red will be available in the UK. Already had a provisional invite to a pre-launch unveiling at my local Stockport showroom at end of Sept / early Oct....... can't wait
 

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UK specification of SE at £19,780 & SE City Black at £25,160 now detailed on Infiniti's UK web site. However I'm really surprised and disappointed that the SE spec, although generally very good, includes 'cheap' steel wheels with wheel covers .....yuk!. No alloy wheels offered unless upgrading to the City Black Option Pack which includes smart black/polished steel alloys and high tech equipment. Basic SE has nice range of colours for an extra £670.
 

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Color choices are pretty nice. Interesting colors and a fairly wide selection. I like the Chestnut bronze.

Pretty sure its the color in this picture.

 

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Why does the OP compare it to the CLA when it is obviously most comparable to the GLA?
You are both sort of correct. The QX30 is almost exactly like the GLA. The Q30 is more the "car" version than the crossover version and therefore compares more to the CLA. But the CLA is much more of a sedan than this hatchback.
 

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You are both sort of correct. The QX30 is almost exactly like the GLA. The Q30 is more the "car" version than the crossover version and therefore compares more to the CLA. But the CLA is much more of a sedan than this hatchback.
Correct, the Q30 is the brands new entry-level model so I can see why someone would want to compare it to another entry-level model, the CLA.
 

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Why does the OP compare it to the CLA when it is obviously most comparable to the GLA?


European 4 door saloons = USA 4 door sedans
Therefore Mercedes CLA = 4 door saloon / sedan with no Infiniti equivalent.


European 5 door Hatchback = Mercedes 'A' class = Infiniti Q30
European Crossover = small SUV = Mercedes GLA = Infiniti QX30
Hope that clarifies the debate.
 

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About that A Class, I have a feeling MB will regret not bringing it over to north america and it wont be much of a loss to them if it doesn't turn out doing well.
 

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Considering what the other brands are doing, it does seem strange that the A-Class isn't going to be coming over. It looks like it would compete quite nicely.

 

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Even more weird when you consider how much less of a risk it is than what others have done in the north american market. MB must have good reasons for doing this.
 

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Actually that's a good point, might have been something they planned out before to not have vehicles that come as close as those do.

At least it gives Infiniti the upper hand in this segment.
 

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Yup.

Plus MB probably easily agreed to this seeing how the market its in is a market where it has long existed, selling well due to the nature of that market.
 
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