Infiniti Q30 Dashboard

Infiniti’s step-by-step reveal of its new Q30 is progressing, and we now have the first official image of the hatchback’s interior. We’ve already seen spied and official images of the car’s exterior, and this completes the preview jigsaw before the Q30 makes its world debut in Frankfurt.

It looks like the Q30 – a compact premium hatchback that will take on the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class – will have interior design that deviates from the brand’s usual twin-curve dash architecture that “flows” into the centre stack, as seen on the Q50 and Q70 saloons. It’s asymmetric here, with a multi-tier centre section.

Nissan’s premium brand says that it selected the highest quality materials and processes to create a “premium modern ambiance”. One highlight is the “Dinamica” suede-like material from Italy used increasingly in the high-fashion industry. It lines the roof and pillars of the Q30 cabin.

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Also mentioned are the seats, which have been constructed for enhanced comfort and support with an elevated hip-point.

The basic dash design is pretty differentiated from the A-Class’ but some elements are borrowed from its German sister – the air con panel, dials, stalks and the steering wheel, for instance. The latter, from the pre-facelift W176 A-Class, appears to have a sharper bottom spoke element here, though. Will it be running Merc’s Comand system?

A-Class? Yes, the Q30 is based on Mercedes-Benz’ Modular Front Architecture (MFA) shared with the A-, B-, CLA- and GLA-Class, as part of a collaboration with Daimler. To be built at Nissan’s British plant in Sunderland, it will also make use of Mercedes’ engines and transmissions.

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?