Infiniti Q30 – The Premium Sporty Crossover
Rally of Lebanon is the Middle East version of WRC held every year in the hills of Beirut. In fact, just like Lebanon, the whole Levant region is a continuous range of mountains, rich with the most historic sights nestled next to the Meditteranean sea. Like any Motorsport, hill climb racing draws a large number of crowds. But what is important now racing through dense trees is the type car. Gone are the days of long homologated sedans as hatchbacks favor the occasion more than any other type of cars.
People of Levant often, especially the youth prefers driving the hatchbacks, are now moving steadily towards the sporty Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUV). Interestingly, the Millennials unlike their parents are richer and would like to experience the high-end, luxury lifestyle. However, the smallish CUVs were essentially the go-to cars for the population with the base income. The segment was largely ruled by every automaker cutting into the slice of the pie. Yet there was a desire for the upscale cars and the same manufacturers were filling the gap by serving with upgraded variants.
The situation is now improving as all the German premium automakers saw an opportunity to fill the gap and now has a product for the similar clientele: Audi Q5, BMW X1 and Mercedes now has its GLA. Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX serve the same purpose. Similarly, Infiniti doesn’t want to stay behind, hence launched the all-new Q30. We’ve all witnessed the nifty, sporty Q30 revealed earlier at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show 2015 Dubai International Motor Show
Earlier this week, Infiniti pulls the covers of the all-new Infiniti Q30 in an exclusive event in Beirut, Lebanon. I, hope now you got the picture why Infiniti Middle East chose Beirut as the launch-pad for stylish Q30 to gain the brand presence through aspiring young customer base.
Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director, Infiniti Middle East said: “When we first debuted the Infiniti Q30 to the region at the Dubai International Motor Show last year – it was met with widespread critical acclaim. We are extremely proud to be here today when we can officially launch the car to all markets in the Middle East. The Infiniti Q30 is a completely new segment and direction for the Infiniti brand and we are confident that this vehicle will continue to deliver Infiniti’s premium experience to a new segment of customer.”
The Sharp Design
Taking cues from the Q50 the double-arch grille with 3D mesh now seamlessly blended into the LED embellished headlights. Interestingly, more than ever there are strokes of edgy character lines flowing all across the car enhance the strong design. The rakish roofline taking dive into the C-pillar, almost evoking the hatchback like styling.
This Q30 was an amalgamation of smart thinking: combining practicality without loosing the design language. The Q30’s height (1,495mm) allows for a higher hip point (531mm), which helps easy ingress and egress. The A-pillar design is intentionally kept slim, to enhanced all-around forward visibility for a confident aspiring driving experience. At the same time Q30 Sport sits a little lower at (1,475mm), highlighting the sporty nature, already visible distinctive, coupe-like silhouette.
The Q30 Premium includes LED front fog lamps, body-colored and heated door mirrors, as well as chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. 18-inch alloy wheels add to the Premium grade’s striking appearance.
Every aspect is optimised to elevate the owner’s experience. Q30 stands among the best in the premium compact segment. Here are more details figuratively for the geeks: Front passenger seat width is 1,393mm; rear passenger seat width measures 1,349mm; headroom (without sunroof) is 108mm in the front and 43mm in the rear of the car. There is 626mm of legroom in the front and 538mm in the back, and 1,324mm and 1,244mm of hip room front and rear, respectively.
Cargo capacity is highly competitive, notably the boot capacity of 430 litres. Aided by a wide, square aperture, and practical, squared-off dimensions, the boot will easily hold two large suitcases, with 60:40 split-fold rear passenger seats liberating additional space for those to trips to Ikea.
The Choice of Power packs
The Infiniti Q30 will be available with 1.6L or 2.0L Turbo variants in a 2WD configuration. The 2.0L Turbo will also be offered with an optional AWD drivetrain. The 2.0L Turbo engine delivers 208hp and 350Nm torque. When equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the highest-performing engine in the range is capable of powering the Infiniti Q30 from 0-to-100kph in 7.3 seconds.
Driving performance will also be differentiated, thanks to individual suspensions settings and distinctive ride and handling characteristics – offering premium compact buyers a choice that is specific to their personal needs and preferences.
On the technology front, the Q30 delivers in spades as the best equipped with the highest level of assistive technology in the segment. This includes’ Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Parking Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking and Blind Sport Warning.
A first for Infiniti and this category, the Intelligent Parking Assist is designed to work in the three most common parking situations, tight parallel parking, 90 degree backing-in and heading –in parking. Using 12 sensors in the front and rear, the system automatically steers the vehicle into place with the additional help or audio and visual warnings whilst the driver controls the brake and accelerator.
Infiniti Q30 is available across the Middle East the all-new Infiniti Q30 starts at AED 105,000.