Infiniti has struggled to register on fleet choice lists to date, but the Q30 unveiled in Frankfurt ought to create a bigger impression.
Built in the UK and using a platform and engines from the Mercedes-Benz A-Class through a partnership with Daimler and the Nissan-Renault Alliance, the Q30 has the strongest fleet credentials of any Infiniti model to date.
It will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, including a Renault-sourced 1.5-litre diesel as well as a Mercedes-Benz 2.1-litre.
There is also a choice of 122hp, 156hp 1.6-litre petrol engines or a 211hp 2.0-litre but all of these have CO2 emissions above 130g/km.
There will be three equipment grades – SE, Premium and Sport – and Infiniti bosses believe the car’s styling will ensure it stands out in an increasingly crowded sector of very capable models.
Built at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland in the UK, and with chassis development undertaken at the company’s research and development facility in Cranfield, the car ought to be in tune with the demands of UK roads and drivers, although additional development was also carried out in Germany and Spain.
Infiniti is also promising exceptional refinement in the Q30, and with additional noise-cancelling technology produced through the audio system speakers on the 2.2-litre diesel model.
Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, first introduced on the Q50 saloon, has been developed and upgraded for the Q30, delivering tablet-like experience from the driver’s seat via a touch-screen.