New car debrief: Infiniti Q30, CAR+ September 2015

Published: 07 September 2015

► New Infiniti Q30 is here
► Unveiled at Frankfurt
► Target: Audi A3/BMW 1-series 

1) Falling with style

Looks like Infiniti is finally in danger of building a car people might want to buy. The new Q30 is a sharply styled premium family hatchback, targeting the Audi A3, BMW 1-series and Lexus CT. This way expanding market share lies.

2) Not a Nissan

While the Q30 will be built by Nissan Sunderland, it most definitely is not based on the Pulsar. Instead, Infiniti has turned to Mercedes for the A-class platform. Hope that shocking ride quality doesn’t come as part of the package.

3) Crossover cues

Clues about comfort can be found in the big arch gap between the front wheel and the bodywork. Which is curious, since a QX30 crossover variant is still in the planning. In fact, the Q30’s styling has stayed true to the 2013 concept, including the ‘crescent cut’ C-pillar.

4) Hot dog

Frankfurt motor show is the big reveal, at which point engine details and pricing will be announced. Expect to pay £20k+ when the Q30 arrives in showrooms in January. QX30 follows later in 2016.

By CJ Hubbard

Head of the Bauer Automotive Hub, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count