By on June 20, 2015

2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept

Two years ago in Frankfurt, the Infiniti Q30 debuted before the world in concept form. Come this September, it will return with a production-ready look.

The brand is putting the finishing touches on its first-ever compact luxury car, including “dynamic testing and ultimate validation” in the United Kingdom — where development of the Q30 was completed last year — and across the Channel in Europe.

Following its debut in mid-September, the Q30 will hit European showrooms from Nissan’s production line in Sunderland, England at the end of 2015, with other markets set to get theirs in 2016.

The Q30 and its sibling compact crossover, the upcoming QX30, are expected to receive power from the same 2.0-liter turbo-four found under the bonnets of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA, whose basic underpinnings also provides a foundation for the Infiniti compacts. The exchange is part of a joint venture between Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan.

For now, this spy shot from Infiniti is the best we’ve got until closer to showtime:

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(Photo credit: Infiniti)

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45 Comments on “Frankfurt 2015: Production-Ready Infiniti Q30 Set For Debut...”


  • avatar
    VoGo

    So much front overhang. How is this better than a GTI?

    • 0 avatar
      carguy

      “How is this better than a GTI?”

      That’s exactly what I was asking myself.

      Under $30K it will be up against the GTI and Mazda3 and over $30K it will face the superior badge appeal of the A3, CLA & 2 series. I’d say this is going to be an uphill battle for Infiniti.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      How is an A3 better than a GTI?

      This competes with the likes of the GLA, Q3, X1, NX etc. In that realm it will definitely provide much more content per $$$ than them, which is important in this segment. I would not be surprised if this thing undercut them 5-10K equally equipped

      • 0 avatar
        Serpens

        Well, kinda. Remember how low this thing sits. The jacked up QX30 will be more of a direct competitor.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          Ah I forgot what was what for a second. In any case it will undercut its Euro competition for the same money. It also looks pretty vaginal which I think is a plus in today’s cultural climate. It will do well.

      • 0 avatar
        carguy

        “more content per $$$ than them, which is important in this segment”

        Actually, badge is king in this segment and, in that regard, Infiniti is bringing a knife to a gun fight.

  • avatar

    Their cars are getting uglier and uglier.
    I do respect their adherence to a design strategy and a coherence across the lineup, but Goddamn these things are ugly. Same goes for the new Nissans and Lexus. At least Acura has made a turnaround.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    Looks like a prop for on a maxi pad commercial. Even comes in light pink. Let me guess, same v6, cvt?

  • avatar
    Delta88

    Definately NOT its first ever compact car. Remember the G20? Yeah, most people don’t. http://www.thecarconnection.com/photos/infiniti_g20_1999

    • 0 avatar

      I suppose the sentiment would include Infiniti itself. From the first paragraph in its press release:

      “Infiniti will unveil its first-ever compact car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September this year (September 17 to 27).”

      From the second bullet point in the pre-introduction:

      “Infiniti’s first-ever compact car currently going through validation and dynamic tuning in Europe”

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Exactly what I was thinking. I love it when automakers pretend unsuccessful models from their past never existed.

      Whats worse, them naming every vehicle in their lineup after an unsuccessful one (the Q). Dont get me wrong, Id take a Q45 over a Lexus LS400 anyday, but its not like it set the sales charts ablaze and forever stuck in peoples minds to represent the brand. What did that was the G35, and they chose to dump all the equity they had in that model in the trash and start over with “Q-random number”.

      Commenters here and elsewhere love to give Lincoln flack for doing exactly that, but in reality, naming the MKS “Town Car” wouldve made no difference whatsoever. Those who loved the old Town Car wouldnt consider an MKS (no matter what its name), and those who consider the Town Car an “old persons car” or a car whos sole purpose in life was to give them a ride from an airport to their hotel wouldnt have bothered to look at the new car simply because of the name. The car was far too different to carry the legacy of the old model it replaced, and it deserved a different name.

      Now, the naming scheme they chose is debatable. Ive heard people complain that the letters of the MK models were random and pointless, yet they accept ES, IS, GS and LS (etc) from Lexus, which have the same issue (as does RL, TL, TLX etc from Acura), but thats all okay because Japan.

    • 0 avatar
      Bee

      I thought of the 91-02 G20 as well, but if Infiniti is saying first ever compact, then it would seem they’re placing the G20 into the subcompact category.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      When it comes to Infiniti, their own PR and the car websites like to deny facts.

      -First ever compact car, as you pointed out was the G20. Could almost say the M30 was also compact, based on the Leopard. But we can call that one mid-size if you want.

      -“The Infiniti name was never before sold in the JDM until 2014 omg!”
      …Except for the “Nissan Infiniti Q45” which was sold there back in the 90’s.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Ladies, your new accessory is ready.

  • avatar
    STRATOS

    Those stupid signature Infinity dimples and curves in the sheet metal are a turn off for me and i would not look further.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      I guess I have to be a little empathetic toward the guys whose job is to make their own smashed-roof compliance blob look memorably different from all the others.

      Still, this thing reeks of Mazda.

      • 0 avatar
        kvndoom

        Mazda’s newest design language reeks of Infiniti, so we’ve come full circle!

        • 0 avatar
          VW16v

          I have to say that Mazda has done a better job with those swoopy lines and keeping it for both male and female drivers. Mazda gives a sportiness, that looks aggressive. Infiniti as in this latest creation, looks soft, extremely feminine, with very little sport. Yet, females do not want to sit in a bunker with 6ft front end as in this q30. Ininiti designers look so confused with focus groups.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      I have the same problem with the Lexus Predator jawline.

      I don’t mind the cars, but I can just own Toyotas until they come up with curpurate design language that I actually like.

  • avatar

    So…what’s the point of the EX35 or whatever it called now?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Apparently that’s -larger-, and this slots below.

      I think the EX will die. OR, the LWB version they’re selling in China now will be the only version once this Q30 comes around.

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    QX50 gets a 4″ wheelbase stretch and has 325hp.

    IIRC the base Mercedes 2.0 liter turbo is down by 100hp.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Actually I had a serious thought. Since this is the Daimler GLA, this means Infiniti will be retailing a FWD for the first time in a while. Could this be the start of a nasty new trend from Infiniti?

  • avatar
    derekson

    It’s just weird to me that Mercedes would agree to share one of its newer platforms with a company with a downmarket reputation. I know they’re getting some stuff in return via this partnership (small 4 cylinder diesel engines for one, I think?) but it just seems like this dilutes the Mercedes marque even farther than cars like the CLA and GLA already do.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Obviously that isnt a problem for them. Why else would they, aside from the FWD models you mention, glue the pointed star on some vans? If selling a cargo van as a Mercedes-Benz isnt too down market for them, why would sharing a model with a psuedo-luxury marque be any worse?

      Its always been the joke on this side of the pond that the Mercedes name carries so much weight here, yet in Europe, theyre fairly mainstream, with base models not sold here and commercial products (at the time) not sold here. Now they seem to be willing to loose the luster they once had by chasing vollume. The Rest [of the market aside from luxury], or Nothing.

  • avatar
    gasser

    I thought that the CLA /GLA was on a Nissan platform with a Nissan developed engine.
    Am I buying a cheapened MBZ from Infiniti, or a cheapened Infiniti from MBZ??

    • 0 avatar
      Serpens

      Uh…no. The Mercedes MFA platform and the 2.0t/7-speed DCT is all homegrown, no Nissan input. The Q30 prototypes were even wearing Mercedes wheels at various points.

      Also you’re assuming a lot saying the Infiniti will be a cheapened version of the Mercedes. The price is likely going to be right on top of the CLA/GLA. Mercedes’ research has indicated that they bring in different customers, which is why they’re OK with having Infiniti launch a car in this segment using their platform.

      • 0 avatar
        gasser

        Thanks for info. I think that although price points may be about even, here in L.A., the Infinitis carry hefty disccounts. I agree that the customer base is different. For the CLA its a younger, more aspirational group, while for the Infinitit they will be a whole new market at this price. Only previous toe in the water for Infiniti at this price was the G20. This lower end of upper price cars is colliding with the upper end of the lower price cars. The lease deal will determine the winners.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Once again, and this is the fourth time I’ve pointed it out to the people here with zero memory, this tie-up was announced back in 2010. MB and Nissan agreed to cooperate.

    A brand new Infiniti engine factory has been built in Decherd, TN and has been churning out the Mercedes 2.0t for the Mercedes C-Class, for a WHOLE YEAR now. The C-Class is made in Alabama.

    Since the plant can churn out 250,000 engines per year, some other vehicle besides the C-Class has to be found to use the engine. This is the Q30.

    All this tie-up detail has been announced in TTAC over the last four years in multiple posts, same as in all the other outlets. It did not sink in, so once again, people go on and on about it as if it were a brand new development.

    My assumption is that people cannot remember anything from one day to the next except their own opinions.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Clinical studies have shown that memories formed in the presence of dense pontification gas rapidly dissipate.

      What were you saying again?

      • 0 avatar
        jkk6

        Alex I’ll take “What is luxury” for $500.

        A Japanese car with German hardware, Infiniti attempts to further differentiate themselves as a genuine luxury brand.

        The reason I see is if the car can hold true to the statement above by maintaining Japanese reliability with the driving dynamics and soul equal to that of any German counter part, I believe will shrug off some of the Nissan stigma of being Japanese in some markets. Which is… offendable enough to be boycotted.

        Thank you for reminding me this was initiated in 2010. Five years from inking into production and up to the final product, I wonder what their hidden intentions and reasons were to forgo into such a headache full project. As time will tell, I will continue to watch and maybe own some more.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Look, I’m all for women getting education, even a Masters in Business Administration.

      But do you have to be so b1tchy all the time?

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    This will sell really well for Infiniti. It’s a compact-ish, luxury-ish, cheap-ish, CUV-ish thing.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    IMO, the Q50 is small enough, and if you really want a kinda small SUV (not CUV, in this case) you can have the EX. I looked over a Q50S on Saturday at the casino, and it had hardly any legroom anyway. And was not that large.

    And I don’t like their current styling trend of that squished Hoffmeister at the back doors. It’s so forced.

    The Q50 was unlocked, so I got a nice whiff of the great leather, but when I felt it was not too pleased with the texture and thickness.

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