Infiniti Q30 Now Renamed to QX30 for North American Market

The Infiniti Q30 is undergoing a name change before it arrives dealerships in North America.

Having been introduced earlier this year at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as the Infiniti Q30, the Japanese automaker has decided to rename the compact luxury model to QX30 and will market it as a premium crossover. But wait, isn’t there also another QX30 that was shown off at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show? The thing is, both models are nearly identical with the QX30 sporting extra body cladding and a slightly higher ride height so it could be marketed as a crossover. So although the Q30 and QX30 will be sold as two distinct models elsewhere in the world, the North American market will only get the one QX30 in three different variants.

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In the U.S., the 2017 Infiniti QX30 and QX30S models will be identical to the Q30 we have seen and will come only with front-wheel drive. Those wanting all-wheel drive will have to opt for the QX30 AWD that is basically the QX30 as we know it, with the higher ride height and off-road inspired front and rear valence panels.

All models will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The QX30 will arrive Infiniti dealerships in North America starting mid-2016.

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