This is a big year for Infiniti. A bevy of new products hope to invigorate the range in its core US market, but also establish a foothold in the premium compact markets of Europe and China.
To that end, the new Q30 is a big next chapter for the firm. It joins the new 2.0-liter turbo engine option on the 2016 Q50 and a production-spec Q60 (coupe) coming in January.
The Q30 comes in two flavors stateside: the base, Premium and Sport. The Q30S wears a unique nose clip with beautiful swirls around its lower grille/jawline. Special wheels, boxed twin tailpipes and sportier front and rear fascias versus the Q30 Premium.
Q30S in silver, Q30 Premium in Bronze
Both are powered by turbo fours to the front wheels. A 2.2-liter diesel will take the bulk of European sales.
The Q30 is a segment-buster. It has a higher-than-normal ride height for a street car, but not quite the elevation of its BMW X1, Audi Q3 or Mercedes GLA rivals.
We expect the Q30 to spawn a QX30 crossover variant for the 2018 model year, or sooner, with more explicit off-road body pieces, AWD with chunkier rubber, plus a unique mood inside.
2016 INFINITI Q30
2016 INFINITI Q30S