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Infiniti Q30: Striking design for compact luxury (pictures)

Infiniti's newest model, the Q30, employs strong design cues in a compact luxury car, and adds a hatchback for utility.

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FRANKFURT -- The all-new Infiniti Q30 leads with a grille comporting with Infiniti's current styling language, but takes its design forward from there.

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The grille connects to the headlight casings, which nestle in rising fender lines, a style seen on the earlier Infiniti G37.

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Heavily curved and contoured lines down the sides emphasize the organic.

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A kink in the rear pillar accommodates the tapering roofline.

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The new Q30 is a bold design for Infiniti that gives the company a completely new car -- and market.

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The Q30 is a compact four-door hatchback, but with luxury trimmings.

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Although the Q30 gets LED running lights, the headlights remain conventional.

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A multi-link rear suspension and front MacPherson struts should lead to a capable, comfortable ride.

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Although a number of engines will be offered in International markets, including diesels, the US version will come with only a turbocharged 2-liter engine making 208 horsepower.

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Strong design features such as this kinked rear pillar give the Q30 a distinctive look.

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At 13 cubic feet with the seats up, the cargo area is about typical for a hatchback.

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Infiniti gives the Q30 an upscale interior to help differentiate it from economy hatchbacks.

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Even the rear seats benefit from quality materials.

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An electric power-steering system adjusts its response depending on speed.

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The automatic transmission for the Q30 is an intriguing seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual, which should help fuel economy.

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This dial and buttons assembly controls infotainment on the car's dashboard LCD.

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A simple icon-based menu leads to navigation, audio and other functions.

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Maps from the navigation system look good and load quickly.

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This surround-view camera system is a feature not commonly found in this compact segment.

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