By Kelsey Mays on September 10, 2013
Looks like: Nine-tenths of Infiniti's next entry-premium car
Defining characteristics: Asymmetric dashboard, Q50 face
Ridiculous features: Ceramic portions of the upper seats, oversized stitching along the bolsters
Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it
As we previewed in August, Infiniti unveiled the Q30 concept at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show, and now we have more than one photo of the car to scrutinize. The Q30, a sleek four-door hatchback concept that melds aspects of the Q50 sedan with a high belt line and crossover-like tail, slots at the bottom of Infiniti's revamped naming convention.
Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, says the Q30's lines evoke a cheetah's "floating grace" — not the first time an automaker has invoked the catlike reference. Still, we're feline just fine about the Q30's lines, which suggest Infiniti's Q30/Q50 face is here to stay.As to be expected in a concept car, cabin materials appear top-notch. Leather wrapping adorns swaths of the car's dashboard; Infiniti says the black panels elsewhere have hints of bronze. The front seats have enormous leather straps that line the bolsters and ceramic upper sections with integrated speakers. Real metal covers other various surfaces. No doubt some materials won't make the production car, but the design — whose asymmetric layout appeals — should carry forth.
Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays likes quality, reliability, safety and practicality. But he also likes a fair price. Email Kelsey