We've seen spyshots and concepts, but this is the revealing first official image of the production Infiniti Q30 hatchback. Set to go on sale at the end of this year after a Frankfurt Motor Show reveal, it's aiming straight at the Audi A3 and Mercedes A Class.
The image was released officially by Infiniti after a website leaked it online earlier today. Although the Japanese brand claims this is a "teaser", it certainly doesn't leave much to the imagination, and it's very clear the production model doesn't change too much from the Q30 Concept, first seen back in 2013.
Although rivalling traditional premium hatchbacks, Infiniti calls the new Q30 a "Premium Active Compact". Claiming to introduce a "category-breaking vehicle concept", it blends striking looks with the body size of a traditional hatch, yet is slightly jacked-up in order to bridge the gap to a full crossover, which we'll see in the form of the QX30 later on in 2016.
The curvy front end and large central grille remain unchanged from the concept, although extra chrome has been added and the bumper design is new. The dramatically swoopy side profile is familiar, too, and although we haven't seen the rear yet, we cdon't expect much of a radical departure from what we've seen before (above).
We know that the Q30 and the QX30 will share the same platform as their immediate rivals, the Mercedes A-Class and GLA small crossover. Turbocharged four cylinder petrol and diesel engines will also transfer over, and the car pictures sports a '2.2d' badge indicating that the diesel will be the priority at launch.
Both new Infinitis will be the first to be built at Nissan's Sunderland plant, that has been expanded at the cost of £250million in 2015 in order to facilitate building the models.
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