In 2015, Infiniti launched a new lineage of compact vehicles that includes a hatchback and a crossover. They were introduced as the Q30 and QX30, respectively, and they’re both coming to the us. However, Infiniti decided that the cars are too similar and that they should come to North America sharing the same name.

Confused? Let me explain.

For the U.S. and Canadian markets, Infiniti grouped all models related to the Q30 hatchback under a single moniker, the QX30. Specifically, whereas Europe and other markets will get the hatchback with a Q30 badge, U.S customers will order it as the QX30. The sports version of the hatch, launched as the Q30S at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will be marketed as the QX30S.

Finally, the QX30, essentially a raised hatchback with cladding around the wheel arches and the side skirts, will be sold as the QX30 AWD. As the name suggests, the crossover will be the only one to feature an all-wheel-drive system, while the QX30 and QX30S will be front-wheel-drive.

All three models will be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that cranks out 208 horsepower through a seven-speed, dual-clutch, automatic gearbox. As a brief reminder, the powerplant is borrowed from the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, on which Infiniti’s premium hatch and crossover are based on.

U.S. and Canadian sales will begin in mid-2016, with starting prices set around $30,000.

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Why it matters

Infiniti Q30 Will Be Rebadged As QX30 In The U.S.
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Although it makes sense given that the Q30 and QX30 are almost the same, this new nomenclature is a bit confusing, mostly due to the fact that the hatchback was already marketed as the Q30 on these shores. Also, the U.S. will get a hatchback with a "QX" badge that Infiniti usually uses for crossovers and SUVs. All told, while it brings a lineup of compact vehicles under the same umbrella, it causes a breach in a nomenclature system Infiniti created only a couple of years ago. At least here in the U.S. Sure, it won’t make much of a difference to most customers, but it’s a fine example of how automakers can screw up an entire naming system with just one model. At least Mercedes-Benz sells the A-Class and GLA-Class, which are identical to the Q30 and QX30 except for the sheetmetal, as two separate model lines.

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2017 Infiniti Q30 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Infiniti Q30 here.

Press Release

Infiniti today announced the line-up of its all-new QX30 premium active crossover for the United States and Canada.

While sharing basic exterior and interior designs, the QX30 line will be offered in three unique versions, each with its own front and rear fascia, wheel design and interior themes:

QX30: The crossover’s highly sculpted exterior, unique stance and asymmetric cabin design exemplify Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development. This version is sold in Europe and other regions outside of the Americas under the Q30 name. In the Americas, this model will be front-wheel drive.
QX30S: With a lower stance, aggressive front and rear fascia, cross-drilled front brake rotors, 19-inch wheels and performance tires, the QX30S is the sports version of Infiniti’s new premium compact line. It was shown at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and is sold in other markets as the Q30S.
QX30 AWD: With an intelligent all-wheel drive system, slightly higher ride height and off-road inspired front and rear valence panels, the vehicle is able to take on urban, suburban and winding rural roads in all driving conditions. The QX30 AWD debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the QX30.

The QX30 line for the U.S. and Canada is powered by a 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and it is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti retailers in the United States and Canada in mid-2016 and in Mexico and Latin America in the second half of 2016.

Infiniti has revealed an aggressive new product portfolio expansion based on a series of acclaimed concept cars that had been introduced in the last two years, including the Infiniti Q60 Concept. The production version of the 2017 Infiniti Q60 sport coupe makes its world debut January 11, 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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