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Infiniti has launched its long-awaited Q30 ‘crossover’ in Australia with sharp pricing and what it claims is a ‘competitive level of standard specification’. For instance, Infiniti claims its entry-level GT model has standard kit that places it more as a mid-spec model.

Three engine variants will be available, all models are FWD and all feature a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The Q30 is the first Infiniti to be built outside Japan, and is assembled on a production line in Sunderland in the UK.

Pricing starts from $38,900 for the entry level 1.6t GT model and rounds out at $54,900 for the 2.2d Sports Premium model, before the usual raft of on-road and drive away costs.

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A rear-view camera is only standard on the top-spec model, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is not available on any model.

There’s only one option across the Q30 range, too: a Bose audio system, costing $1000 in the Sports model.

The entry-level 1.6t GT model is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which generates 115kW at 5300rpm and 250Nm between 1250-4000rpm. The 0-100km/h mark comes up in 8.9 seconds and the compact engine uses a claimed 6.0L/100km on the combined cycle.

The 2.0t Sports and Sports Premium variants are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which churns out 155kW at 5500rpm and 350Nm between 1200-4000rpm, while scooting from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds. The 2.0-litre engine uses 6.3L/100km on the combined cycle.

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Buyers can also opt for the 2.2d engine in both Sports and Sports Premium guise. The efficient oiler displaces 2.2-litres, and makes 125kW between 3400-4000rpm and 350Nm between 1400-3400rpm.

The diesel will get from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds and uses only 5.3L/100km on the combined cycle.

While the Q30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class platform thanks to the content sharing arrangement between Nissan/Renault and Daimler, there’s plenty to distinguish the two cars, especially externally.

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The Q30 is much more visually dramatic than the A-Class with heavy crease lines, and plenty of swooping styling cues along the flanks.

The front grille is quite distinctive and Infiniti is keen to remind CarAdvice that the Q30 is most certainly not a ‘me too’ car. The Q30 shouldn’t be as polarising as the styling of larger Infiniti vehicles seems to have been.

Inside the cabin, there’s echoes of A-Class in the switchgear and electric seat controls, but Infiniti has added its zero gravity seats, and trim that differs from the German offering. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the Q30 range.

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GT and Sport models get six-way manually adjustable front seats with four-way driver’s seat power lumbar support, while Sport Premium models get eight-way power adjustable front seats.

Infiniti rightly expects the Q30 to be its most popular model in Australia and the 2.0t Sport model to be the sweet spot within the range. All Infiniti Q30 variants get a full five-star ANCAP rating and it was rated the safest small car in Europe in 2015.

Infiniti Q30 Specification Highlights:

GT

  • Comfort-tuned suspension
  • Forward Emergency Braking and Warning
  • Infiniti In Touch Navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen
  • Voice recognition system for phone and audio
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED lighting (except headlights)

Sport

  • Sports-tuned suspension (15mm lower/seven per cent stiffer)
  • Cross-drilled Brembo front brake rotors
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in gunmetal grey
  • Adaptive LED headlights with cornering function
  • Exterior styling enhancements (unique front grille and bumpers)
  • Sports seats with Alcantara and leatherette upholstery
  • Sports pedals

Sports Premium

  • Moon roof
  • Intelligent Cruise Control with Intelligent Brake Assist
  • Around View Monitor
  • Moving Object Detection
  • Intelligent Park Assist
  • Eight-way power adjustable front seats with memory
  • Nappa leather-facing upholstery with white inserts
  • Ten-speaker Bose premium audio system with subwoofer and active noise control

2017 Infiniti Q30 range and pricing (plus on road-costs)

Q30 1.6t GT – $38,900
Q30 2.0t Sports – $44,900
Q30 2.2d Sports – $46,900
Q30 2.0t Sports Premium – $52,900
Q30 2.2d Sports Premium – $54,900

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