Remember that Infiniti Q30 hatchback we drove last month? It’s not coming to the US. But it also is coming to the US. Let us explain.
Because of our crossover-obsessed culture, it’s easier for automakers to brand new offerings as CUVsrather than hatchbacks. Take one five-door, front-wheel-drive car, add a teensy bit of ground clearance and all-wheel drive, and boom, success! So because the Q30 and ever-so-slightly higher-riding QX30 are so darn similar, Infiniti made the decision to just sell them both under the QX30 name. This might seem stupid to most, but to Infiniti – and the crossover-buying masses – this is actually a pretty logical move.
The QX30 arrives in mid-2016. On the base end there’s the standard QX30, then there’s the lower-riding QX30S, and finally, the higher-than-standard-riding QX30 AWD. They all come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. They’re also practically identical to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and GLA-Class, except for the swoopy sheetmetal. But even Mercedes sells its cars as two separate model lines. If you’re not confused enough yet, feel free to read more in the press release below.