Infiniti’s entry-level Q30 hatch has launched in Australia, with pricing, specs and equipment all confirmed.
Three engines are available. Opening the range is the $38,900 Q30 GT with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine of 115kW and 250Nm. Moving up, the Sports and Sports Premium models are available with either a 2.0-litre 155kW/350Nm turbo-petrol, or 125kW/350Nm 2.2-litre diesel. Fuel consumption is 6.0, 6.3 and 5.2L/100km, respectively.
All engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with front-wheel drive in all variants, sharing its platform with the Mercdes-Benz A- and and B Class.
Acceleration times for the 0-100km/h sprint are 8.9 seconds for the 1.6-litre, 7.3 for the 2.0t, and 8.3 for the diesel. According to Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti chief vehicle engineer;
“The Q30 offers excellent steering, further enhancing the overall ride and handling feel, as well as a tuned suspension and body response that’s uniquely Infiniti. Thanks to this set-up, the car offers a secure and in-control driving sensation, a perfect example being Q30’s ability to confidently steer the right cornering angle and ‘hold the line’ precisely through the corner.”
A full suite of driver assist technologies are included, depending on model, such as blind-spot warning, autonomous emergency braking, auto high beam assist, adaptive cruise control and park assist. Parking itself is helped by a birds-eye view from the cameras.
The Q30 is 4425mm long, 1805mm wide and 1495mm tall, on a 2700mm wheelbase. It competes against the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class, and Lexus CT. Pricing for the British-built hatchback is as follows:
|Q30 1.6t GT||$38,900||$42,875|
|Q30 2.0t Sports||$44,900||$49,055|
|Q30 2.0t Sports||BOSE Sound||$45,900||$50,085|
|Q30 2.2d Sports||$46,900||$52,145|
|Q30 2.2d Sports||BOSE Sound||$47,900||$53,175|
|Q30 2.0t Sports Premium||$52,900||$57,295|
|Q30 2.2d Sports Premium||$54,900||$59,335|