By on July 21, 2015

Infiniti Q30

Confirming their June confirmation, Infiniti will bring a production-ready version of their compact Q30 to the International Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The compact, which will be built in the United Kingdom, powered by the same 2.0-liter, turbo four that powers the Mercedes GLA and CLA under a joint agreement between Mercedes and Renault-Nissan.

The related compact crossover QX30 shouldn’t be far behind.

The Euro-centric compact hatch and crossover may not have been originally slated for sale in the United States, but the recent success of similar models from Mercedes and others may have changed the minds at Infiniti. That, and the sedan may be the new horse carriage.

The Q30 is one of several joint Renault Nissan-Mercedes ventures that will emerge in coming years. The Renault Twingo and Smart Fortwo will share a common platform, and the automakers will swap engines (Renault’s smaller for Mercedes’ larger) in coming cars.

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11 Comments on “Infiniti Confirms Compact Q30 for Frankfurt Auto Show...”

  • avatar

    Is this the hatch or the crossover?

    • 0 avatar

      An excellent question as the line has become very blurred…

    • 0 avatar

      There’s no QX in the name, so it’s not a CUV. It is indeed a hatchback.

      More than using the CLA’s engine, this Q30 IS a CLA with bad styling. Yes folks, a Mercedes made by Infiniti. The ultimate bag of no-name potato chips made by a “famous” manufacturer. Or something.

      Only the tin and furnishings are Infiniti’s.

      And that article is from 18 months ago, so why Infiniti is still hard at it is difficult to comprehend. Palmer of Aston and De Nyschen of cadillac were still drawing an Infiniti paycheck then. Gives some idea of their smarts.

      • 0 avatar

        It’s actually an Infinity built by Mercedes. I don’t understand why Renualt Nissan would buy a small car from Mercedes. Wouldn’t it make more sense the other way around?

  • avatar

    Brown – check
    5 door hatch – check
    Diesel – check
    Ugly – check
    Manual – nope

    I’d never buy it but retired boomers/teachers may fancy it.

  • avatar

    Joint ventures.
    Badge engineering.
    Isn’t this all the same thing?

    What makes this so much better than the Ford Escape/MKC/Kuga?

    Everybody loves bashing the Ford plan but seems to let this get the praise the business plan really deserves.

  • avatar

    Can I have a new one please? Mine looks like a melted Lexus.

  • avatar

    Looks like a maxipad on wheels.The perfect car for scrapbooking women of the world.

  • avatar

    So this will be an uplevel Golf type competitor. I think we have to allot some credit for building a 5-door hatch which isn’t a CUV.

    It won’t sell well, but there you go.

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