This year's Frankfurt Motor Show is certainly shaping up to be an exciting (and busy) event, and now we have one more car to add to the list of unveilings. The Infiniti Q30 Concept will make its global debut in Frankfurt, giving a glimpse at a future premium small car for the brand, and the automaker has released the teaser sketch you see above to grab our interest before we see the real thing in person next month.

Seemingly headed in a much different direction than the 2012 LE Concept, the Q30 has even more aggressive styling to go with its two-box design. The Q30 is the not only the first Infiniti concept to come out under the company's new design director, Alfonso Albaisa, it's the first car that Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti's Director of Performance, will help develop from the very beginning, and it could be the small car that Infiniti plans to build at its Sunderland, UK assembly plant.

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Infiniti set to reveal Q30 Concept at IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
-Q30 Concept signals Infiniti's next step in its portfolio expansion into new premium segments

Hong Kong – Infiniti will stage the world premiere of its Q30 Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The Infiniti Q30 Concept signals the contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle which will target a new generation of premium customers.

Set to be unveiled at Infiniti's press conference, scheduled for 10:15 am CET on September 10 in Frankfurt, the Q30 Concept is the next step in Infiniti's foray into new premium segments. It embodies Infiniti's vision to deliver head-turning design, innovative materials with precise fit and finish and passionate craftsmanship.

"This Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. "In our quest to appeal to the modern, young-minded premium customer, the Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality."

It represents the latest evolution of the Infiniti design philosophy introduced with the Infiniti Q50 which had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Like the Q50, the Infiniti Q30 Concept also incorporates dramatic design cues from the visionary Infiniti concept trilogy – Essence, Etherea and Emerg-e.

Infiniti envisions provoking a radical shift in the premium compact segment. The adventurous design and graceful athleticism of Q30 Concept inspire greater expectations of what is possible beyond the designs dominant in the market today.

"Q30 Concept is slender, sleek and seductive," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. "When you see speedy big cats, like cheetahs, they have a slenderness and a lightweight stride. It's almost like they're floating. That's the muscularity we were aiming for with Q30 Concept."

Infiniti's forthcoming compact premium entry will be the first Infiniti model Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti's Director of Performance, will influence from its inception. The three-time Formula One world champion from Infiniti Red Bull Racing, who was actively involved in honing the driving dynamics of the Infiniti Q50, is engaging with Infiniti's technical teams around the world as part of a commitment to infuse the brand with race-bred performance.


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      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      *rolls eyes* Yeah, but it is going to look JUST like that...as in, not even close. I may not be in the majority, but I am getting sick of designers sketches being passed off as 'concept art'. The final car will look nothing like this. Show me something real.
      EZen
      • 1 Year Ago
      EVERY car concept looks like this and the finished car will never look remotely like it. Hey, car designers - STAHP!
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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this ISN'T sharing platforms with the Mercedes A/CLA/B then someone done screwed up!
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        It is sharing platform using merc engine , that is why it is coming 2015, the G37 will hold that place until 2015 when the Q30 will replace it. This is just the start of infiniti as a new CUV replacement to follow very soon.
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      A bit like the Friend-Me concept, no? Might be interesting if the Q30 spawns off a Nissan version.
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      i will reserve final judgment until I see that real thing, but the drawing looks like an uglier Mazda 3.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        look like a mada 3 but infinti essence first sport that grill from 2009. check the webpage see for your self. http://www.gizmag.com/infiniti-essence-concept/11178/
      BryanGx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Roof seems awfully low. Where does the driver put his/her head?
        smithr603b
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
        Roof is so low so Vettel can integrate Drag Reduction System wing.
      Sergio526
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give it four doors and three pedals and I'll be very interested!
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did the designers that got fired from Mazda get hired by Infiniti? This design is disappointing.
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      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      They really should use the G25's V6 in this car. It would occupy a niche which was vacated when VW stopped selling its VR6 Jettas.
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