Infiniti Q30 Concept Will Debut At 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Our first look at the new compact Infiniti.

We won’t see a production-ready car quite yet, but the Infiniti Q30 compact luxury car will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in concept form.

Although the Q30 concept may include some show-stopping design flourishes that may not reach the assembly line, the Infiniti Q30 concept should provide a good look at Infiniti’s forthcoming premium C-segment model. According to Infiniti’s brief release, which accompanied the sketch above, the concept “signals the contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle which will target a new generation of premium customers.”

Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen is quoted in the same release describing the Q30 concept as “a prelude to the product portfolio which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy.”

It’s no secret that Infiniti has been pining for a Q30-esque vehicle for some time, and it’s all but common knowledge that the automaker has been laboring on bringing one to market. Two years ago, at the last Frankfurt motor show, Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetche announced Infiniti would use a Mercedes-Benz platform to build its entry-level luxury model.

The Infiniti Q30 will use the same front-drive MFA platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Interestingly, the latter is aimed at the same market segment as the Q30 itself. Mercedes-Benz will also supply a range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines for use in the Infiniti Q30.

Rumors suggested the Infiniti Q30 would look much like the Etherea concept, which debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As the official rendering above shows, that wasn’t far from the truth. If the sketch is accurate, the Q30 shares the Etherea’s pinched nose and grille; long, tapered headlamps; wide hood; tall, crossover-ish roofline; and kinked C-pillar. We’re not sure if the additional body surfacing and strakes are merely artistic license, or tied to the Q30 allegedly being the “latest evolution” of Infiniti’s design language.

We’ll learn more about the Infiniti Q30 in a few weeks once the Frankfurt show kicks off, but we’ll likely learn even more about the production-ready Q30 soon after that. Last we heard, Infiniti aimed to show the production car by the close of 2014 and push the car into production by 2015. The company already announced the Infiniti Q30 will be built in a Sunderland, England assembly plant owned by corporate parent Nissan, although it’s unknown if that plant will export the Infiniti Q30 to all Infiniti markets around the globe.

Source: Infiniti