The name of the game these days in the luxury marketplace is premium compacts. BMW has the 1 Series and 2 Series, Mercedes the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA, Audi has the A1 and A3, even Lexus has the CT 200h. Among the last to get in on the action is Infiniti, but that's all about to change.

Nissan's luxury brand has been working towards a premium compact for some time, revealing the Q30 concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and signing a new deal with Daimler to help develop and produce it. Now it seems that both it and a crossover version have been approved for production.

The news comes from Andy Palmer, Nissan's UK-based COO, chairman of Infiniti and one of the company's top executives under CEO Carlos Ghosn. Late last week Palmer tweeted the following:


The announcement confirms not only the Q30 hatchback but also a QX30 crossover, both to be built at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in Sunderland, one of Europe's largest auto assembly plants and current home to the Qashqai and Juke crossovers.

So how does this announcement relate to the new joint venture established between Nissan and Daimler to build a new generation of compact models in Aguascalientes, Mexico? We reached out for comment to Infiniti spokesman Stefan Weinmann, who told Autoblog that, "When Q30 gets launched, it will be exclusively produced in Sunderland. Aguascalientes comes into play several years down the road on a future-generation premium compact model." Weinmann told us that it's too early to comment beyond that, but that Infiniti would "make more detailed announcements on this vehicle in due course."

Given that Infiniti recently launched the Juke-based ESQ premium compact crossover for the Chinese market, of course there's nothing to stop it from launching individual models for the North American and European markets as well, but we'd expect both the Q30 and QX30 to arrive in US showrooms at some point, sooner or later.


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      Zeta
      • 5 Months Ago
      I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS, THAT THING IS SEXY
      Cruising
      • 5 Months Ago
      Do want.
      Anonymous Coward
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wow, this looks way nicer than the Macan.
      toddlevay
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sleek design.
      timber
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Q30 is clearly aimed at the European market. Despite that Nissan doesn't seem to be able to grasp that this kind of design get's no love from Europeans. At least they have Renault diesel engines
      MayTheBestCarWin05
      • 5 Months Ago
      Call me crazy but I just can't get behind infiniti's design language. Maybe the problem is that there is not enough differentiation between Infiniti and Nissan design ethos. It's all curvy this, and wavy that. I just don't get it.
        TC
        • 5 Months Ago
        @MayTheBestCarWin05
        I'm not usually a fan of Infinity styling either, but I do quite like the Eau Rouge, and I have to say I really love the styling of this compact. Each to their own I suppose.
      Prez
      • 5 Months Ago
      I like it. Nice curvy styling. Interior is really nice. Let's keep in mind that it's only a concept. Production will look quite different.
        futurecars
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Prez
        probably or not, the head of infiniti design said that the new infiniti's well not take japan design clues anymore but latin.
        Michael Bernard Rahl
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Prez
        It will probably, but that would be a shame since Infiniti needs to really STAND OUT. I find most of their new designs SEXY... and I love CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!
      vimish
      • 5 Months Ago
      It'll be interesting to see when it actually becomes available for sale in the US and with what options. For me, adaptive cruise and pre-collision systems, backup camera, blind side warning are required. Until it arrives I will say it is a fun concept.
      futurecars
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am not surprise we have heard of it before, that the car will be made in europe, and there will be a 2.0 Di source engine design by daimler, produce by infiniti, the SUV comes as no surprise either, it was said by infiniti president that they are launching out in smaller segments of SUV and also there will be new models in the future.
      Drezz
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm kind of wondering if we'll see the Q30 stateside at all. Could well be we only get the QX30...? Being at 14 years between my two Infiniti G20s, I remain curious as to what Infiniti might have to offer me in the future (G37 too big for me), but Infiniti/Nissan offering a Q30 with a six-speed manual (in the U.S.) seems just about impossible. Too bad.
      Michael Bernard Rahl
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's about time they made an ACTUAL lit, glowing badge for the front grill! Sheesh... I can die in peace!
      Rochester
      • 5 Months Ago
      I actually like the shoe-laces trim on the seats. Never seen anything like that before. Individual design details on this thing are very appealing, but taken as a whole package, not so much. Hard to explain why. Salieri said it best in Amadeus: "Too many notes."
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