High-spec Q30 a hot pack­age

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

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.

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