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Infiniti Q30's distinct style sets it apart from the compact luxury competition (pictures)

Infiniti enters the entry-level luxury segment with the 2017 Q30 active compact powered by a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It goes on the sale in the US early next summer.

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Infiniti will launch the Q30 in the US early next summer to take on the compact luxury segment.

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Like all Infiniti models, the Q30 features a double-arch front grille.

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Flowing character lines run the length of the Infinti Q30's sheetmetal.

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Sport versions of the Infiniti Q30 receive a gloss-black version of the double-arch grille.

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Sport models of the Infiniti Q30 also get custom body-colored side sills.

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A special rear bumper design is also a feature that sets the Sport model apart from regular Q30 models.

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Sport versions of the Infiniti Q30 also feature a slightly lower ride height with the more performance-oriented suspension.

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Dual rectangular exhaust outlets dress up the rear of the Infiniti Q30 Sport.

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The 2017 Infiniti Q30 Sport rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels.

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Infiniti doesn't calls the Q30 a hatcbhack. Instead it's an active compact.

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The Infiniti Q30's rear hatch does provide a more flexible cargo area.

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Infiniti says the rear cargo area provides 13 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Sleek accent lights on the front of the Infiniti Q30.

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The only engine available for US-bound models of the Q30 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 208 horsepower.

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The Q30 Sport is the most athletic version with tighter suspension tuning.

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Infiniti hopes the Q30 will provide customers an enticing gateway model into the Japanese luxury brand.

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Goodyear run-flat tires come equipped on the Sport version of the Infiniti Q30.

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Turn signals are integrated into the exterior mirrors of the Infiniti Q30.

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Infiniti's signature C-pillar arcs on the Q30.

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Dark chrome rectangular exhaust tips are special to the Infiniti Q30 Sport.

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While we tested an all-wheel drive model of the Q30 in Portugal, US-bound Q30s will only be offered with front-wheel drive.

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The turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides 208 horsepower in the Infiniti Q30.

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The interior of the Infiniti Q30 has some Mercedes-Benz bits sprinkled in throughout.

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A leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel is an interior upgrade on the Sport versions of the Q30.

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Familiar Mercedes steering wheel buttons and gauges inside of the Infiniti Q30.

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Some gauge graphics on the screen between the gauges are lifted directly from Mercedes.

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The Infiniti Q30's center stack features plenty of traditional hard buttons that are easy to work through.

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The shift lever for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the Infiniti Q30.

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A suede-like materials covers portions of the door, dash and center armrest inside of the Infiniti Q30 Sport.

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Comfortable and supportive seats in the Infiniti Q30 Sport with integrated headrests.

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Serviceable rear seat space in the Infiniti Q30.

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