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The new 2016 Infiniti Q30 hatch/crossover (hatchover? crosshatch?) may have been yanked onto the stage this week ahead of its official debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Spied testing in heavy camouflage last year, the high-riding Q30 was first revealed as a concept in late 2013.

This single leaked image could easily be mistaken for its ‘proper’ compact SUV sibling, the coming QX30, but it has long been known that the Q30 will eschew the lower ride height of most small hatches in favour of a taller design.

At its unveiling in 2013, Infiniti described the Q30 concept as a merging of the hatch and crossover worlds, promising the approach will “resonate with customers”.

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Above: the Q30 in its 2013 concept form.

As expected, the showroom-ready Q30 maintains much of the styling worn by its concept forebear, although most elements have been given a more practical and production-friendly tweak.

We can likely expect the following QX30 to wear a largely identical design, along with additional offroad-styled cladding,  unique bumpers and integrated roof rails.

The two new small Infiniti models will be built on Mercedes-Benz’s MFA architecture, which also underpins models like the new A-Class hatch and the GLA compact SUV.

Engineered by Mercedes, the new Infiniti twins will be built at Nissan’s plant in the UK, making them the first Infiniti models to be produced in Europe.

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The QX30 will represent an obvious entrant into that same crossover space, while the Q30 will stand apart as a unique high-riding alternative to models like the A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.

Watch for the Q30 to make its debut in September, and catch our ongoing coverage here.




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