New Infiniti Q30 hatchback: First official image released

21 Jul, 2015 2:40pm Lawrence Allan

Infiniti reveals production version of 2016 Q30 hatch, after image leaks online ahead of Frankfurt show reveal in September

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.

Infiniti Q30 rear

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. 

Do you think Infiniti's new Q30 stands a chance competing against its mainstream rivals? Let us know in the comments below.

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Hopefully as this is based on Mercedes A class chassis it will ride a lot better , as by all current test ,s of the A class all seem to suggest its ride is not up there with its competitors. Mind you Nissan are better at understanding suspension settings me thinks.