Nissan Motor Company chief planning officer Andy Palmer told Automotive News production of the QX30 would begin shortly after the Nissan starts building its base car, the Q30 compact hatchback (pictured in concept form), in mid-2015. The two are expected to be closely related stylistically, similar to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch and GLA-Class crossover.
Palmer said Nissan has earmarked annual production of 60,000 units for the two compact Infiniti models at its Sunderland plant, which will supply the vehicles around the world, including to China and the US, which are tipped to be two of the models’ largest markets.
Q30 and QX30 supply will be bolstered from 2017 when production begins at a new facility in Mexico shared by Renault-Nissan and Daimler.
The Infiniti Q30 and QX30 will be based on Daimler’s MFA architecture, which currently underpins the A-Class, B-Class, CLA-Class and GLA-Class compact models.
Palmer confirmed the duo would also feature turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel built by its German partner.
In March, Autocar reported Mercedes-Benz engineers were to take over responsibility for the development of the Q30, in a move that would effectively cut the compact model’s development time in half.
The Infiniti QX30 crossover will compete with the GLA, as well as fellow premium rivals, the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
Palmer indicated Infiniti’s compact models would be aligned with equivalent models from Audi, suggesting a circa-$35K starting price for the Q30 and $40K-$50K pricing for the QX30.
Speaking with Australian media late last year, Infiniti Asia and Oceania managing director Allen Lu said both the Q30 and QX30 were scheduled to reach our shores in 2015.