Infiniti Q30Infiniti has released the first official image of its new Q30 premium compact hatchback, ahead of its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

The all-new Q30 is shown in five-door 2.2d guise, and remains faithful to the concept that’s been shown at numerous global motor shows over the past few years.

It’s doubly significant for Britain: the new Infiniti premium compact hatch will be assembled at Nissan’s giant Sunderland plant, next door to the Nissan Qashqai.

The Q30 (which Infiniti’s dubbing ‘Active Compact’) won’t share a platform with the Nissan, though: rather, it will be derived from the underpinnings used by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

This means the 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine used in the launch car will produce up to 170hp while averaging over 70mpg.

It remains to be seen whether Infiniti will also get access to the AMG-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine used in the Mercedes-AMG 45…

‘Confident and striking’

For drivers, Infiniti’s promising “confident, and responsive performance” and “excellent” ride and handling.

Inside, there’ll be “crafted trims and expressive interiors [that] extend the striking design approach from the exterior”.

“Design is a key pillar of the Infiniti brand – and the new Q30 Active Compact perfectly embodies this approach,” said Infiniti President Roland Krueger.

“The Q30 Active Compact delivers the distinctive design, the driving dynamics and the individuality that our customers expect of an Infiniti vehicle.

“With our first ever entry in the compact car segment, we continue the product offensive and provide additional options for our discerning customers.”

The Infiniti Q30 hatch will later be joined by an Infiniti QX30 crossover: this was previewed as a concept earlier this year at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

If the regular Q30 is anything to go by, the QX30 won’t radically change by the time it reaches production some time in 2016.

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