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Frankfurt LIVE: Infiniti Q30

by Justin King

Infiniti dives into the premium hatchback market.

Infiniti has introduced its foray into the premium hatchback market, the Q30, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Despite its Mercedes-Benz roots, the compact delivers a highly sculpted body styling that stays true to the original Q30 Concept that debuted in Frankfurt two years ago. It follows Infiniti's latest design language, including a double-arch grille and three-dimensional mesh, with exaggerated curves and a double-wave hood.

Designers focused on creating coupe-like proportions, with a low-slung roofline and shallow glass for the rear doors. Its elevated stance appears to take inspiration from crossovers, though the available Sport variant rides lower to the ground.

A handful of engine choices will be available for European customers, including a 1.6-liter engine with 120-154 horsepower or two diesel powerplants. US buyers will only be presented with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 204 ponies and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch will be available in most markets, including the US.

Many interior elements show the family resemblance to the Q30's German stablemates that ride on the same MFA platform, but Infiniti has added a few unique tweaks to differentiate its hatchback. Air vents have been restyled, and drivers are greeted by the Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system borrowed from the Q50.

Three trim levels will be available, with several different 18- and 19-inch wheel designs. The packages are also differentiated by suspension tuning, exterior aesthetic tweaks and other unique features.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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