Originally, Nissan’s premium division planned on launching two separate but similar new compact hatchbacks based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA (yes, you read correctly) that arrived for the 2015 model year. The Q30 was to be strictly a front-wheel-driver, while the QX30 would come with a slightly elevated ride height and all-wheel-drive. Before either car reaches Infiniti dealer showrooms, Your Obedient Snoop has been informed that all-versions will simply be labeled QX30s. Regardless of drivetrains, the standard powerplant will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (same as the GLA) with 208 horsepower on tap. What it boils down to is that if you prefer your ride with slightly more conservative sheetmetal, go with the GLA. But for something a bit wilder, the QX30 should easily suffice.



The most interesting fact you might not know about the new Infiniti QX30 is that it’s based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA, engine and all.

Infiniti plays the rename game: