Infiniti Q30 production is officially underway. This week, the first Q30 hatchback rolled off the assembly line in Britain. It’s a big deal for the company for two reasons. It’s Infiniti’s first model in the premium compact segment. So, the automaker hopes it’ll have younger buyers lining up in droves for it. It’s also the first vehicle Infiniti is building in Europe.
Thanks to Renault-Nissan’s partnership with Daimler, the Q30 is getting some Mercedes-Benz treatment. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Mercedes engine under the hood along with Mercedes-Benz chassis technology. Expect around 200 horsepower. The Q30 Sport model, which sits lower than the Q30, will get a bit more.
“Today we are beginning an exciting new chapter in the Infiniti story, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here at Nissan’s Sunderland plant,” says Trevor Mann, Chief Performance Officer of Nissan Motor Corporation. “Over its 30 year history, Sunderland has grown into the UK’s largest automotive plant. It is renowned for delivering high-quality, top-selling vehicles, and is regarded as a world-class production facility with a highly skilled and dedicated work force.
The Q30 should hit the road early next year. The U.S. and China will get the first models. Pricing should start around $30,000, with well-equipped models climbing over the $40,000 mark.
“Q30 comes at a moment of significant opportunity for Infiniti. Following a period of record global sales, we are entering a new segment with the Q30. This new active compact will play a vital role in our strategy to become a top tier global premium brand,” says Infiniti President Roland Krueger.
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