Infiniti’s upcoming compact car, the Q30, is due out in 2015 and we’ve had our first taste of it in the form of a concept debuting today at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Q30 in concept form is a hatchback with influences from a coupe and even a crossover thrown in.

Underpinning the concept is a version of the MFA platform developed by Mercedes-Benz for its own compact cars like the latest CLA- and GLA-Class. This means the Q30 concept is designed for four-cylinder powertrains and either front- or all-wheel drive. No specs have been revealed, however.

Inside the Q30, there’s a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, bright digital gauges with purple backlighting, copper-accented dials including a center console-mounted control wheel, accented stitching and soft leather on most of the surfaces.

As mentioned, production of the Q30 is slated to commence in 2015. Production will take place initially at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the U.K. but will eventually be expanded to Mexico for delivery to the North American market. Shortly after the Q30 is launched, we may see a crossover version, which is likely to be called a QX30 in accordance with Infiniti’s new naming strategy.

For more from the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, click here.


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