Infiniti has long given us some awesome luxury vehicles that come in with great handling, powerful engines and a full complement of luxury features. Nowhere at any time has Infiniti brought forth a luxury hatchback, scoffing at the idea of putting the top end features into a car that is made for the budget-conscious and versatility-minded. That thought has changed with the increased call for these hatchback vehicles that have proven to be some of the most functional and versatile vehicles on the road today, which now carry some of the best equipment from all manufacturers.
In 2013 we got the glimpse at what Infiniti had in mind for their hatchback. Without any major changes to the vehicle for two years, the new Q30 will make a public debut ahead of production release at the Frankfurt auto show in September. When we see this new car unveiled in September we will simply be on the verge of it coming out in showrooms, which it will be released for sale in the first half of the 2016 year, giving us a great new vehicle halfway through the model year to admire and desire.
The new Q30 looks and drives like an Infiniti. The signature grill with emblem will be topped by a chrome strip and plenty of character. As a small vehicle, it resembles many of the larger SUV models in a way that feels like a shrunk down version to be an excellent small luxury car to be admired and enjoyed.
The build for the Q30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and GLA250 and will compete in the same segment with these two models. The other luxury hatchbacks that the Q30 will have to look forward to competing against include the Audi A3 and Acura ILX in the US market. IN this market the expected engine is to be the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is offered with either front or all-wheel drive.
As Infiniti continues to try and keep all the details hushed regarding the new Q30 the expected features are to be long, which has been the case with all Infiniti vehicles for many years. These features could and should include things such as heated and cooled seats, the 360-degree AroundView camera, blind spot monitoring, forward collision prevention, steering assistance function, adaptive cruise control and many other features we already see on the lineup of Infiniti sedans.
With this new Q30 coming to the our shores for sale early in next year, a couple dates to keep in mind will be the Frankfurt auto show in September and when the announcement of the actual release date in the early part of 2016. You might be thinking there shouldn’t be any excitement around the release of a hatchback, but this one is poised to be one of the best luxury hot hatches that the automotive world has seen and may be what forces the rest of the luxury players to get in on the action.