High-spec Q30 a hot package
Since its return to Australia four years ago, Infiniti has gone about quietly making inroads into the Australian market.
Now, that is to be ramped up with plans for seven models to land by year’s end.
First cab off the rank is the Infiniti Q30, which the Japanese company calls an “active compact vehicle”, and expects to become the volume model.
The Q30 comes in three model grades with three engine choices.
The Infiniti Q30 is available in three model grades; GT, Sport or Sport Premium. The Q30 Sport model sits 15mm lower than the GT, while individual suspension settings produce a distinctive ride and handling.
The Q30 cuts a dash with an edgy exterior. Headlamps with a distinctive feline appearance flank Infiniti’s signature double-arch radiator grille; a thin A-pillar gives the driver a clearer three-quarter view; a coupe-like profile is emphasised by a sharp hip line crease and shallow glassed area extending to a crescent-cut rear.
The Q30 GT includes LED front foglamps, body-coloured and heated door mirrors, as well as satin chrome dual rectangular exhaust tips, while 18-inch alloy wheels add to the overall striking appearance.
Sport models feature different guards, a gloss black grille and 19inch alloy wheels. The rear bumper is differentiated by dark chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers.
Interior designers chose high quality materials to create a modern-looking and luxurious cabin. A super-soft, tactile material is used to line many of the surfaces, such as door trims and the centre armrest, with which occupants have most contact.
Dinamica, a new Italian suede-like material used increasingly in the high-fashion industry, has been applied to the roof-line and pillars, and the Q30’s seats are upholstered in premium materials such as Nappa Leather and Alcantara.
The entry-level GT comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, while the Sport and Sport Premium are available with either a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine or 2.2litre turbocharged diesel.
Prices start at $38,900, plus on-road costs ($42,875 estimated driveaway) for the 1.6-litre petrol GT, while the range-topping 2.2-litre diesel Sports Premium tips the scales at $54,900 ($59,335).
The free-revving turbocharged 1.6litre petrol engine delivers 115kW of power and 25 Nm of torque, resulting in acceleration from zero to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds.
Combined urban/highway fuel consumption is 6.0l/100km with carbon dioxide emissions of 139g/km.
The 15kW/350 Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine powers the Q30 Sport and Sport Premium models to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds.
Fuel consumption is 6.3l/100km with a CO2 output of 147 g/km.
The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel comes up with 125kW of power and peak torque of 350Nm from an accessible 1400rpm to 3400 rpm has fuel consumption rate of 5.2l/100km (with a CO2 output of 120g/km).
This unit is used in the Q30 Sport and Sport Premium models, clocking a respectable 8.3 seconds for the sprint from rest.
All models use a seven-speed dualclutch automatic transmission, tuned especially to suit the Q30, offering near-seamless up and down-shifts.
Built in a new multimillion dollar bespoke plant in Sunderland, UK, the Q30 stays true to the concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It’s an in-house development designed and engineered to meet exacting Infiniti standards.
High-spec standard features are the name of the game with the Q30, the only option being a Bose Premium Sound system.
Infiniti offers a warranty of four years or 100,000km, while service intervals are 12 months or 25,000km.