NASHVILLE -- Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatchback, which will hit showrooms in 2016.
The new five-door will use the architecture of Mercedes-Benz’s European-market A class and also will rely on a Daimler-designed, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Q30, introduced as a concept car at the September 2013 Frankfurt auto show, will become the smallest vehicle in Infiniti’s lineup.
Infiniti planners want the Q30 to help the brand draw younger buyers. Infiniti Americas chief Michael Bartsch, in explaining the model last year, said that younger, new-to-the-segment luxury buyers want products that are outside the established model classifications offered in luxury showrooms.