Do you remember the Infiniti Q30 that received mixed reviews here in the U.S. following its debut? Yeah, it’s not coming to the States… well, sort of. Instead of bringing the Q30 to the U.S., the marketing geniuses at Infiniti decided to simply add an “X” to its name and call it a “crossover.” Along with this odd announcement, the Japanese luxury automaker laid out a few other key details surrounding the American version of this crossover.
The QX30 will arrive in the U.S. in three flavors. The base model, which will carry just the QX30 name, is solely available with front-wheel drive and is essentially the rebadged Q30. Infiniti even says so in its press release; so much for subterfuge.
For buyers looking for a little more ride height and all-wheel drive, there is the QX30 AWD. This model will carry Infiniti’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and off-road-inspired front and rear valance panels. You will likely recognize this as the QX30, sans “AWD,” that debuted at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.
For those looking for a more performance-oriented crossover, Infiniti presents the QX30S. This model features a lower ride height than the base QX30, unique front and rear fasciae, cross-drilled front rotors, and 19-inch rolling stock shod in performance rubber. This model hit the L.A. Auto Show as the Q30S.
All three models carry the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 208 horsepower. This peppy four-pot links to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There are no performance specs available yet, but look for the QX30 to hit 60 mph in the seven-second range and top out near the 130 mph mark.
The deceitful QX30 will hit Infiniti showrooms in the U.S. and Canada in the middle of 2016. Pricing will likely roll out in the first few months of 2016. Stay tuned for additional details.