Infiniti Q30 Debuts with ‘Unconventional Stance’

Sep 16, 2015

The Infiniti Q30 had its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show today (Sept. 15). The vehicle’s bold design is instantly noticeable.

“Q30 makes a daring visual statement through its sculpted, concept car-like exterior, unconventional stance and asymmetric cabin design,” said Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti.

The car stays true to the signature design cues from the original 2013 concept, according to Infiniti.

The Q30 represents Infiniti’s first global entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment.

“From the very beginning of product development, it was clear that Q30 presented an outstanding opportunity for Infiniti,” said Francois Bancon, Infiniti VP of product strategy. “The company’s inspiration was to create a vehicle that mirrored the existence of a new generation of premium buyers.”

In addition to the base model, two bespoke versions of the Q30 will be available: Premium and Sport. Each will have its own unique personality, including design, dimensions and driving performance, according to Infiniti.

The Design

A  differentiating characteristic of the Q30’s design, according to Infiniti, is its elevated stance with an overall height (about 58 inches) that is comparable with models in the traditional compact segment. The result is a highly distinctive, coupe-like silhouette, which is further emphasized by a shallow side glass area.

The double-arch grille with 3D mesh was inspired by the Q50, with a more fluid movement into the headlamps, according to Infiniti. The dramatic curves and turbulent lines flow up the signature double-wave bonnet, over the fenders and across the bodyline into the strong shoulder of the car. The signature C-pillar arcs forward in a dynamic crescent shape that emphasizes motion, even when stationary.

The Q30 Premium includes LED front fog lamps, body-colored and heated door mirrors, chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The face of the Q30 Sport is slightly different, thanks to a shapely bespoke bumper and gloss black front grille. Custom body-colored side-sills give the car a striking, in-motion look, while a sporty rear bumper is joined by dark chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. The model includes 19-inch alloy wheels, according to Infiniti.

Trim Choices

The City Black trim blends black upholstery with purple stitching; Cafe Teak combines brown and black upholstery with black stitching; Gallery White provides a high-contrast appearance, featuring white leather with red accents.

Performance

The Q30 offered to U.S. customers will have a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 208 horsepower.

Automatic gear shifts are smooth and seamless thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, according to Infiniti. A six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will also be made available.

The Infiniti Q30 will go on sale in selected markets later in 2015.