Two years after unveiling a concept version of its first compact luxury car, Infiniti unveiled the real thing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The 2017 Infiniti Q30 takes Nissan's luxury brand into a new area of the market, with a little help from Mercedes-Benz.

That's because the Q30 shares its underpinnings with the European-market Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback, as well as the CLA-Class four-door, and GLA-Class crossover.

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The styling is all Infiniti, though, hewing fairly closely to the original concept.

The roof line is very coupe-like, but the Q30 also seems to stand a bit taller than a typical hatchback.

In addition to its shared platform, the Q30 will also share powertrains with compact Mercedes models.

2017 Infiniti Q30

2017 Infiniti Q30

In the U.S., the sole powertrain will be a 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission and front-wheel drive.

This is the same hardware used in the U.S.-market Mercedes CLA and GLA.

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In Europe, buyers will have a wider variety of options, including multiple gasoline and diesel engines, an available six-speed manual transmission, and all-wheel drive.

U.S. buyers looking for all-wheel drive may have to wait until an expected QX30 crossover derivative appears.

On the inside, the interior features a similar wavy design theme to the exterior, with some high-end touches like contrasting stitching and a suede-like material called Dinamica.

2017 Infiniti Q30

2017 Infiniti Q30

A full array of electronic safety features will be available on the Q30, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, park assist with Around View Monitor, high-beam assist, and moving-object detection.

The Q30 goes on sale in Europe this fall and will arrive in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016, likely as a 2017 model.

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Production will take place at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England.

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