Infiniti has recently announced that it will sell its new hatchback and small crossover under a single badge in the Americas.
Even if the differences between the two models are hardly noticeable, Infiniti is marketing them as two distinct models around the world. However, Nissan’s luxury brand has decided to drop the Q30 name for the United States and Canada and to sell the active crossover models under a single line-up using only the QX30 badge. While sharing basic exterior and interior designs, the QX30 range will be offered in three versions, each with its own front and rear fascia, wheel design and interior themes.
The QX30 entry level is sold in Europe and other regions outside of the Americas under the Q30 name and will be offered only with front-wheel drive. The second QX30S version has a lower stance, a more aggressive front and rear fascia, cross-drilled front brake rotors, 19-inch wheels and performance tires. It was shown at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and is sold in other markets than the Q30S. Finally, the QX30 will be available with an all-wheel drive system and adopts a slightly higher ride height and off-road inspired front and rear valence panels. It also debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the QX30.
The QX30 line for North America is powered by a 208-horsepower, 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and it is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada in mid-2016 and in Mexico and Latin America in the second half of 2016.