Those eagle-eyed readers amongst you may remember having spied a particularly dapper little concept under the Infiniti banner at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the Mercedes A-Class platform, this slick, sporty little coupe provided us with the first glimpse of Merc’s tech-sharing partnership with Nissan.
Fast-forward exactly two years and the production-ready Infiniti Q30, the fruit of the partnership’s labours, is about to make its international debut at the 2015 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Outwardly, it seems as though the formula has remained relatively un-tinkered with during the intervening period. The distinctive Infiniti grille 3D remains unaltered from the concept and is still beautifully framed by chrome trim which flows seamlessly in to the scowling, angular headlights like a pair of metal eyebrows. Elsewhere, the Q30’s designers have stayed faithful to the 2013 concept’s sharp, fluent lines across the entire length of the body. No images of the rear angle have yet been made available but we don’t expect wholesale changes in that department either.
Of course, the five-door Q30’s release is significant for the burgeoning Infiniti brand, as it represents the premium marque’s first dip into the compact hatchback arena. It is expected to go into production alongside its stable-mate and fellow A-Class-based hatch, the QX30 compact crossover which first surfaced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
With the BMW 1 series, Lexus CT and Audi A3 squarely in its sights, we await with baited breath for the Q30’s full Frankfurt premiere on September 15th where more details on spec and the all-important powertrain info will become apparent.
The new Infiniti Q30 will be produced at Nissan’s UK plant in Sunderland ahead of general sale in early 2016.