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Spied! 2016 Infiniti Q30 Spotted Testing for the First Time

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/10/2014 Kelly Pleskot
2016 Infiniti Q30 Prototype Rear Angle© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Infiniti Q30 Prototype Rear Angle

All too often, an automaker introduces an exciting concept car only to follow it up with a much blander production version. Our spy photographers recently caught a glimpse at the new Infiniti Q30 out testing for the first time in Europe, and it looks like the production model won't stray far from the concept this time.

Although the car is heavily camouflaged in these photos, we definitely see that same bold hood we first noticed on the Q30 concept at the 2013 Frankfurt show. The back end also looks remarkably similar, featuring the same rear wing and bumper design. The only major difference between the two vehicles is that the prototype (predictably) has four door handles and appears to feature fewer character lines across its side--though we won't know for sure until the camo starts coming off.

2016 Infiniti Q30 Prototype Front Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Infiniti Q30 Prototype Front Side

As we previously reported, the 2016 Infiniti Q30 hatch will have Mercedes blood coursing through its veins. It will share the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class compact SUV and will feature a Mercedes-derived 2.0-liter gasoline engine that will be built in Decherd, Tenn. Further confirmation of the Mercedes family ties came when spy photographers noticed a GLA out testing with the Infiniti hatch during its first run.

2016 Infiniti Q30 Prototype Front© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Infiniti Q30 Prototype Front

Infiniti will begin producing the Q30 in Sunderland, England in late 2015 for Europe and early 2016 for the U.S. market. Expect a higher-riding QX30 variant to come out around the same time.

Source: CarPix

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