Infiniti wasn’t trying to keep it a secret that it was looking to infiltrate the compact car scene with its Q30 Concept. Now, with the Frankfurt Auto Show well underway, the Japanese luxury automaker has officially revealed the production-ready Q30 hatchback.
While I am a pretty big fan of most hatchbacks, I am not too sure how I feel about the Q30. Most Infiniti models are pretty tolerable, though they are often over the top in terms of design, this look just doesn’t translate well in a hatchback.
One neat thing that Infiniti is doing is offering two versions of the Q30: Premium and Sport. What’s neat about these two versions is that they actually have different ride heights. The Premium model sits at 1,495 mm (58.9 inches) tall, while the Sport model checks in at 1,475 mm (58.1 inches). This change in height is mostly due to the lower ride height of the Sport model’s suspension.
While the exterior seems a little odd, the Q30’s interior appears to be a nice place to spend a little time. Like the exterior, there are plenty of shapes and waves inside the Q30’s cabin, but the dark hues make them more tolerable. High-quality materials also grace the cabin, as super-soft, high-tactile materials cover the high-impact areas, such as the center console, while supple Dinamica covers the roof and pillars. Active noise cancellation also helps make the Q30’s cabin whisper quiet.
Infiniti will offer a range of gasoline and diesel engines globally with the Q30. Gasoline options will include two 1.6-liter four-cylinders that produces either 120 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque or 154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, or a 2.0-liter in the Premium or Sport models that pumps out 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist. There will also be two diesel engines, ranging from a 1.5-liter that produces 107 horses and 192 pound-feet of torque to a 2.2-liter that cranks out 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
All the engines will mate to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that will deliver the power to the front wheels. Optionally, European buyers can fit the certain versions of the Q30 with a six-speed manual. Though Infiniti doesn’t outright say it in its announcement, the specifications imply that the 2.2-liter diesel engine will come with all-wheel drive.
In the U.S. we will only get the 2.0-liter gasoline engine and the dual-clutch transmission. More versions may arrive later, but I wouldn’t advise holding your breath for that.
As with most compact cars, fuel economy will be the Q30’s strongest point, particularly with its diesel engines. The oil burners will range from 60 mpg (1.5-liter) to 46 mpg (2.2-liter), whereas the 1.6-liter gasoline engines gets as high as 41 mpg. Infiniti did not release fuel economy info on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
Infiniti didn’t reveal an official release date for the Q30, as it only said that it’ll arrive later in 2016.