The Audi A3 Sportback has a new rival to worry about as the Infiniti Q30 has made its debut this week in production guise. It’s a five-door premium hatchback based on the same MFA platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and it will also spawn a QX30 crossover variant which will obviously go head to head with the Audi Q3.
The version depicted in this official image is a 2.2d model so it has a four-cylinder, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine borrowed from Mercedes-Benz which will work with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Both the Q30 and QX30 will be built in UK at Nissan’s Sunderland factory after being exhibited in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The A3-rivaling Infiniti Q30 is being described by Nissan’s premium marque as an “active compact” model which remains faithful to the namesake concept unveiled a couple of years go.
Details about pricing are not available at this point, but we estimate it will undercut the A3 once the model will go on sale before the end of this year in Europe. Consequently, the QX30 will also probably be a tad cheaper than the Audi Q3.
More details concerning the Infiniti Q30 will be disclosed on September 15 when the model will be unveiled at IAA.