The compact luxury SUV market that was, arguably, launched by the Buick Encore and BMW X1 a few years ago is one of the fastest-growing segments in the industry. Mercedes, Lexus, Audi, and Volvo are getting into the act, too, but they’ll all be joined by the car you see here: the new-for-2016 Infiniti Q30.
First shown at the 2013 Frankfurt show, the Q30 is expected to “resonate with customers”, says Infiniti. “(It is) an attempt to appeal to generation X and Y buyers.”
Interestingly, this latest Infiniti isn’t built on a Nissan platform. Instead, it’s built on the same MFA platform as Mercedes’ CLA, GLA, and B-series electric vehicles. As such, we can expect it to carry similar 2.0 liter turbocharged gas engines and the 2.2 liter turbo diesel currently found in the 250 CDI series Mercedes. In those cars, these are some pretty hot engines- more than capable, in other words, of delivering on the Infiniti Q30’s promise of “coupe-like performance”.
No word, yet, on when the new Q30 will make an appearance stateside. While you wait for that news, though, you can check out some pictures of the original Infiniti Q30 concept shown 2 years ago. Enjoy!
Infiniti Q30 Concept Gallery
Source | Images: Paul Tan.