The new Q30 is a mix between a hatch and a CUV.
If you’re a true car enthusiast, you love hatchbacks and wagons. But the world’s changing and automakers don’t really make things that are geared directly towards drivers. People want larger cars and Infiniti attempts to get the best of both worlds with this: the Q30. The vehicle is being marketed as an active compact, which means that it fits in the awkward space between a tall hatchback and a crossover. The design may not be to everyone’s liking, but its size most certainly will be.
Infiniti is deliberately being vague about the vehicle’s size, but states that it’s for people “who are not willing to be defined by their choice of vehicle body type.” That sounds like a bunch of marketing fluff to us but whatever. In addition to the base model there are two unique versions planned: Premium and Sport. Between the two Sport is the one to care about as it features 19-inch wheels, a slightly lowered ride height, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and aluminum pedals (among other luxury bits). The only engine available in the US is a 2.0-liter turbo-four good for 208 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Even better is that a six-speed manual will be on offer, in addition to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
That being said the manual won't be available at launch, so you may want to curb your enthusiasm a bit. Infiniti claims the Q30 is also able to hold its own on the track, but we’ll have to wait to see that for ourselves before we believe it. That being said we're excited to see another small, turbocharged hatchback with a manual option hit the market.