At an exclusive event in Beirut, Infiniti Middle East and Rasamny-Younis Motor Company (RYMCO) took the covers of the hotly anticipated all-new Infiniti Q30. Representing Infiniti’s first entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment, the Q30 will play an important role in continuing to drive the growth of the brand here in the region.
“We are honored that Beirut was chosen as the platform to launch Infiniti Q30 to all markets in the Middle East.” said Fayez Rasamny, CEO of RYMCO. “The Infiniti Q30 is a completely new segment and needed one for the brand and for RYMCO in the Lebanese market. The car has been engineered to rigorous standards to deliver a driving experience that is unmistakably Infiniti. This car will accelerate the company’s strategy to become one of the leading dealers of premium cars in the Lebanese market.”
The Q30 takes Infiniti’s signature design cues and evolves them into new dynamic shapes. The double-arch grille with 3D mesh, for example, has grown from the Q50, with a more fluid movement into the headlamps. The dramatic curves and turbulent lines flow up the bonnet, over the fenders and across the body line into the strong shoulder of the car.
The signature C-pillar arcs forward in a dynamic crescent shape that emphasises motion, even when stationary. The contrast of the long, low-slung roof-line, conjuring an image of a rakish shooting brake in silhouette, and elevated stance add to the visual impact.
An important, differentiating characteristic of the Q30’s design is its combination of elevated stance with an overall height that is superior than models in the traditional compact segment. The Q30’s height (1,495mm) allows for a higher hip point (531mm), which aids entrance and exit. The A-pillar design is intentionally slim, contributing to enhanced visibility for a confident driving experience.
The Q30 Sport stands a little lower (1,475mm), accentuating the already distinctive, coupe-like silhouette, which is emphasised by a shallow side glass area, while also providing for agile ride and handling. Driving performance will also be distinguished, thanks to individual suspensions settings and distinctive ride and handling characteristics – offering premium compact buyers a choice that is specific to their personal needs and preferences.
On the technology front, the Q30 delivers in spades as the best equipped with the highest level of assistive technology in the segment. This includes Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Parking Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Warning.
A first for Infiniti and this category, the Intelligent Parking Assist is designed to work in the three most common parking situations, tight parallel parking, 90 degree backing-in and heading –in parking. Using 12 sensors in the front and rear, the system automatically steers the vehicle into place with the additional help or audio and visual warnings whilst the driver controls the brake and accelerator.
At launch, the Infiniti Q30 will be available with 1.6L or 2.0L Turbo variants in a 2WD configuration. The 2.0L Turbo will also be offered with an optional AWD drivetrain. The 2.0L Turbo engine delivers 208hp and 350Nm torque. When equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the highest-performing engine in the range is capable of powering the Infiniti Q30 from 0-to-100kph in 7.3 seconds.
The all-new Infiniti Q30 is now available in Lebanon in all Infiniti showrooms.