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The 2017 QX30 is officially the least expensive way into an Infiniti

It's also an inexpensive way to get into a Mercedes-Benz, because the QX30 is based on largely the same underpinnings as the GLA-Class.

2017 Infiniti QX30

Infiniti would probably prefer it if I didn't keep making references to the GLA-Class.

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Last week, I wrote that Infiniti is offering up a pile of free stuff if you're willing to sign up for its Q60 reservation program, which puts you at the front of the line for its latest coupe. Now, it's doing the same thing for its QX30 crossover, but thankfully, this one's got a smaller price tag attached.

The 2017 QX30, a crossover that's kind-of-but-not-really-secretly a Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class underneath its admittedly attractive skin, starts at $29,950. That's for the base model, which comes with the same engine as every other QX30 -- a Mercedes-sourced, 2.0-liter I-4 good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque -- and front-wheel drive.

Step up to the QX30 Luxury, and expect to spend $32,600, which is about in line with a base GLA-Class. The QX30 Premium lives one tier above that, coming in at $35,300. The most expensive variant is the QX30 Sport, which will cost $38,500. All of those vehicles have front-wheel drive -- if you want AWD, it's available on Luxury (a $1,800 option) and Premium ($2,400) trims only.

Like before, if you sign up for that reservation program, you'll be one of the first to pick up a QX30. Yes, that means you have to shell out dough sooner than everyone else, but like with the Q60, Infiniti's sweetening the deal with some free stuff. If you sign up, you get a choice of a GoPro Hero4 Silver, Bose SoundLink wireless headphones, a one-night stay at a Starwood Hotels location or a "specially curated culinary experience," which sounds delightfully hipster-y.

We recently headed up to the Pacific Northwest to take a spin in the QX30. Be sure to read our first take if you're interested in seeing what Infiniti's latest crossover is like. The car goes on sale in September.

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