The first image of the Infiniti Q30 concept has been revealed ahead of the concept’s Frankfurt auto show debut. While not as radical as the sketch shown earlier this month,
Infiniti says Q30 concept is the latest evolution of the brand’s design
language and fuses coupe, hatchback, and crossover body styles.
Up front, the Q30 concept features slim headlights that connect with
the front grille. Along the side, the deep upper and lower bodylines
remain, though; those may be toned down for the production model. The
Q30 concept also retains the sheetmetal kink behind the rear doors
similar to that on the production three-row JX35/QX60 crossover.
Infiniti says the Q30 concept merges the “dynamic design and
sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatch, and the higher stance
of crossover.” Though, with the Q prefix, the Q30 will be marketed as an
entry level hatchback below the Q50 sedan
rather than a small crossover/SUV, which get the QX prefix. With the
Q30, Infiniti hopes to attract younger buyers shopping in the entry
level premium market.
Although no powertrain details have been revealed, the proportions
suggest a front-drive layout, though all-wheel-drive is a possibility.
The Q30 could be powered by a 208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4
from the Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover, which is among its competitive
set. Other potential competitors include the Lexus CT 200h hatch,BMW X1,
and Audi A3.