Infiniti gives first look at Q30 hatchback

Infiniti Q30 Concept

FRANKFURT — Five years after crossover vehicles came out in droves, the auto industry is all abuzz over compact SUVs. Similar to a crossover, a compact SUV fits well into the urban environment while offering owners convenient utility.

Infiniti plans to enter this space in 2015 with the Q30 model.

On its way to the production model, Infiniti revealed a concept for the Q30 here at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Infiniti writes in a press release that the Q30 concept defies categorization, sitting somewhere between a “coupe, hatch, and crossover.”

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Giving it the Q30 name, rather than QX30, suggests that Infiniti does not want the vehicle classified with its larger crossovers, the EX and FX, which are undergoing a name change. Currently, the Infiniti’s Q models are all sedans. The Q30 would add variety to that end of the lineup.

Sitting up on 20-inch wheels and with its high sides, it looks taller than a typical hatchback, so would seem to fit the compact SUV category.

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