The differences between the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 are pretty slim but it's interesting to note the company has decided against using the Q30 moniker in North America.

In a statement released today, Infiniti said the company will offer three different versions of the QX30 in North America.

The entry-level model is known as the Q30 in other markets and it will be available exclusively with front-wheel drive.  The mid-level QX30S is essentially a renamed version of the Q30S and it is distinguished by a sportier front bumper, a reduced ride height, cross-drilled front brake rotors, and unique 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.

Last but not least, the QX30 AWD will be North America's version of the QX30.  It features an increased ride height, ruggedized bumpers, and a standard all-wheel drive system.

All the aforementioned variants will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower.  It will be connected exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Infiniti QX30 lineup will go on the sale in Canada and the United States in mid-2016.  Pricing will be announced closer to launch but the model is expected to cost approximately $30,000.

Gallery: Infiniti concedes the Q30 & QX30 are the same thing

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