The 2017 Infiniti Q30 hatchback has been spied in local specification ahead of the model’s Australian launch next month.
Spied by a switched-on CarAdvice reader, two of the the Infiniti Q30s (black and red) appear to be lower-spec models, with limited badging and more conservative front and rear bumpers, likely to be circa-$30,000 entry-level variants.
The blue Q30 wears a ‘2.0t’ badge on the front quarter panels, along with bigger alloys and a subtle body kit – likely to be a ‘sporty’ model powered by a 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo shared with the closely-related Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport.
In February, we reported the Q30 range could kick off below the $30,000 mark, which would give the small Infiniti hatch a sizeable price advantage over premium rivals such as the Audi A3 ($36,500 plus on-road costs), BMW 1 Series ($36,900 plus on-roads) and twin-under-the-skin Mercedes-Benz A-Class ($37,200 plus on-roads).
Joining the 2.0-litre turbo petrol will be a 125kW/350Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel option, also sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
The Q30 will be joined by the more rugged QX30 SUV companion (a la, GLA to A-Class) towards the end of the year, which is largely identical to the crossover-styled hatch with the exception of an even taller ride height, along with the front and rear skid plates.
Both the Q30 and QX30 are expected to generate significant growth for the Infiniti brand, which has struggled to make a real impact in Australia, selling only 574 vehicles in 2015 – compared to Mercedes-Benz’s monster 36,374 sales last year.
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