New Infiniti Q30 hatchback: interior revealed

1 Sep, 2015 7:00am Lawrence Allan

Infiniti has revealed the interior of the new Q30 premium hatch ahead of its Frankfurt debut

New images of the Infiniti Q30 have been revealed, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Audi A3 rival is the brand’s first entry in the premium compact hatch class, and goes on sale at the end of the year.

The striking exterior is relatively unchanged from the concept, first seen back in 2013, but this is the first glimpse we’ve had of the cabin. It’s a different layout and overall design to the Q50 saloon, with a central infotainment screen and three banks of switches below. 

Upmarket features include a suede-like material used to cover the roof and door pillars. The Q30 shares its platform and engine range with the Mercedes A-Class, despite being a rival. Later on in 2016, it will also spawn a jacked-up QX30 crossover, similar in concept to Mercedes’ GLA, with which it also shares its underpinnings.

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 don'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.