Infiniti’s US branch tweeted this on Tuesday:
— Infiniti USA (@InfinitiUSA) September 1, 2015
I took one look at it, and shot back:
What, no analog clock in the center stack? https://t.co/zhVhEXKVqx
— Charles G Hill (@dustbury) September 1, 2015
Turns out that there’s a reason for that:
We knew the Q30 had a lot in common with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class but as these images show, this is far more than a common platform. The steering wheel, instrument cluster, switchgear, and shifter are direct from the Mercedes parts bin. From the looks of the images, the Q30 will even have a Mercedes-style key.
Which invites a fairly obvious question: How are they going to sell this as a Benz competitor when for somewhere around the same price you can get an actual Benz?
There better be some serious chassis tuning going on here. (We already know it’s the same engine: the Mercedes M270 turbo four with around 208 ponies, albeit built by Nissan in the States.)