2016 Infiniti Q30 Concept and Performance

2016 Infiniti Q30 Concept and Performance – At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Infiniti will introduce the Q30 Concept, which gives the industry a look at the upcoming 2016 Infiniti Q30 that will serve as the entry point to the luxury brand.

In concept form, the Q30 delivers what Infiniti calls “sleek, seductive” and “dynamic design” that combines the sportiness of a coupe, the utility of a 5-door hatchback, and the higher stance of a crossover SUV. The vehicle’s styling continues themes introduced on recent Infiniti models, including the Q50 and QX60. Infiniti says that the Q30 is “designed for younger customers” who seek alternatives to traditional choices and who are “open to convention-challenging approaches.”

2016 Infiniti Q30 Concept and Performance

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What should we expect from the two new Infiniti models? In terms of the Q30, we suspect that the final product will look to the brand’s Q30 Concept for inspiration. The concept was originally unveiled in Frankfurt. It offered characteristic Infiniti styling, from the front grille to character lines down either side. It also boasted a 5-door hatchback body style, much like the production-ready Q30 likely will. Chief Q30 competitors should include the Audi A3 andMercedes CLA.

In terms of the QX30, Infiniti hasn’t announced any official plans or shown any concepts, but we think the compact crossover will likely draw many cues from the Q30. In fact, we suspect that the QX30 will be a lifted version of the Q30, designed to compete in the growing compact-luxury-crossover segment against rivals such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3and Buick Encore.

Given that production of the Q30 and QX30 won’t start until 2015, we don’t expect to see the new models officially unveiled until next year. Sales will likely begin even later, possibly in late 2015 or even early 2016.

CONSTRUCTION

The Q30 is based on the compact, front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the Mercedes-Benz CLA- and GLA-class, as well as the A- and B-class that won’t be sold in the United States. It features a strut-type front axle and a multilink rear, in addition to one of the better electric power-steering systems we’ve encountered. Mercedes’ lightweight four-wheel-drive system will be available here, too.

Infiniti is using a Mercedes platform chiefly because the expensive development work is already done. Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer previously admitted to C/D that engineering mass-market and luxury platforms are two very different things. The premium feel necessary in a vehicle like the Q30, he said, is “embedded somewhere within the way the products are executed and in the engineering.” Meaning that Nissan’s existing front-drive platforms lack the feeling of solidity needed for a premium vehicle. The Benz architecture has it. It also has the ability to accommodate higher-powered derivatives, including Mercedes’ own CLA45 AMG, and its electronic network is beefy enough for a number of upmarket features that could not easily be loaded onto one of Nissan’s budget front-drive platforms.

PERFORMANCE

The power, like the platform, will come from Mercedes-Benz. In other markets, the engine portfolio will range from a 1.6-liter gasoline unit to a 2.1-liter turbo-diesel. In the U.S., though, our sole engine most likely will be the turbo 2.0-liter ­gasoline four-cylinder shared with the CLA250. In the CLA, the engine makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. An IPL-badged high-performance version of the Q30 is possible down the road, but it’s unlikely to make use of AMG’s screaming 355-hp M133 turbo. It’s more plausible that ­Infiniti will offer its own, less radically tuned derivative of the Benz powerplant. (2016 Infiniti Q30 Concept and Performance)

DESIGN

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As on the compact Benz models, there’s nary a straight line here. The Q30’s styling echoes the sculptural design language established by Infiniti’s Q50 (née G sedan) and Q70 (née M), highlighted by a pinched grille and a backward kink in the C-pillar. Its boisterous curves and creases make even a CLA look restrained. While the hiked-up beltline gives the Q30 a bit of a compact-crossover vibe, the absence of an X in the name tells us we’re supposed to think of it as a car and not a conqueror of the car-pool lane.

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INTERIOR

The Q30’s fluid exterior styling washes up inside with sweeping forms on the dashboard and door panels. Take away the ­purple lighting, copper-gold trim, and full-length panoramic sunroof, and you’re left with a production interior that should look very similar to the concept’s. You’re also left with an interior that would be about half as cool as this one. Please, somebody, execute something like this on a mainstream car today. We’ll pay for it. also read  :2016 Infiniti Q30 Date Release and Price

source : caranddriver.com

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