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

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.

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