Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti are growing a little closer, with a long-term deal to collaborate on future drivetrains and car development. Until now, though, the riddle of exactly which compact cars Mercedes will share with Infiniti has been left opaque.
It's a little clearer now with the reveal of the Infiniti Q30 Concept, bound for a 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show debut in September. The Q30 appears to be a clear relation to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, already on sale in Europe, and now a far more remote possibility for the U.S. market.
The Daimler-developed compact car family rolling out over the next three years includes the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA, and will soon add the 2015 GLA crossover late next year. A small batch of B-Class fuel-cell cars also are making their way to the U.S.; a coupe/convertible is said to be in the works.
When it arrives in production form, the Q30 will be the new entry-level Infiniti, replacing the G37 sedan that's continuing production through the 2015 model year to bridge the gap in the lineup as the Mercedes deal spawns this first product.
Like the 2014 Mercedes CLA, the Q30 will be charged with beating back the raft of compact cars coming from luxury automakers, everything from the 2015 Audi A3 to the Buick Verano. Though it plainly appears to be a hatchback, Infiniti is challenging that preconceived notion, calling the Q30 Concept a blend of coupe, crossover, and hatchback.
There are few other details, but the Q30 will make its debut at the Frankfurt show on September 10. An on-sale date of 2015 is likely, given the G37's new expiration date. There's also some suggestion that after the Q30 is launched, a crossover version dubbed the QX30 could be launched.
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