Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatchback, which will go into production at parent Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England, during the middle of next year.
The new five-door, as well as its crossover variant, the QX30, will share a platform and 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engines with the Mercedes-Benz A class and GLA compacts.
The Q30, introduced as a concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, will become the smallest vehicle in Infiniti’s lineup.
Infiniti planners want the Q30 to help the brand draw younger buyers. Infiniti Americas chief Michael Bartsch, in explaining the model last year, said that younger, new-to-the-segment luxury buyers want products that are outside the established model classifications offered in luxury showrooms.