Don't let the name confuse you -- this isn't the same as the Infiniti Q30, a hatchback that debuted at Frankfurt earlier this year.

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The QX30 is built on the same platform as the Q30, but this one is angled as a proper crossover.

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The main difference between the QX30 and the Q30 is ride height -- the QX30 sits about 2 inches higher than its hatchback brother.

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The front and rear bumpers also feature more aggressive lower treatments for a bit of that off-road flavor.

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The QX30 also shares some similarities with the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, as both vehicles ride on the same platform.

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With its low-slung roofline, it's not hard to see a bit of Mercedes in this Infiniti.

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The QX30 is all-wheel drive only, whereas the Q30 offers a four-wheel drive option as well.

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The QX30's AWD system is capable of sending up to 50 percent of power and torque to the rear wheels, so it's a front-biased system when it's not treacherous outside.

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The crossover maintains a sporty look, despite its ride height, thanks to that low roof and thin A-pillars up front.

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To counteract the QX30's higher center of gravity, Infiniti stiffened up the springs and rear anti-roll bar.

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Those suspension tweaks also give the car flatter handling characteristics.

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The styling is unmistakably Infiniti, with both front and rear taillights resembling many other cars in the automaker's lineup.

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Infiniti made no specific mention of US drivetrain options yet, but we'd bet on the car packing the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine as the Q30.

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The sole transmission option on the QX30 is a seven-speed dual-clutch, the same as on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

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Markets outside the United States will get to enjoy both gasoline and diesel powertrains. Lucky ducks.

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The QX30's higher ride point also gives the vehicle a higher hip point, making ingress and egress less of a chore.

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Infiniti is using its own infotainment system in the QX30, a 7-inch touchscreen setup that first debuted on the Q50 sedan.

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Automatic parking assist will be available for those who prefer to let computers do the parking.

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The QX30 looks good cruising down this idyllic B-road, but it may be more at home off in the grass somewhere in the background.

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Let's hope you like likes, because the rear end has a whole bunch of 'em.

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Real car geeks will notice that this is the same key that Mercedes-Benz uses on the GLA-Class. It's shaped like no other Infiniti key.

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The QX30 will be available with parent company Nissan's excellent Around View Monitor system, which puts a 360-degree, top-down image on the infotainment screen for tight parking maneuvers.

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The car's hatchback characteristics means that loading items through the rear is as easy as can be.

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Mercedes switchgear abounds in the cabin, as evidenced by the window buttons and door-panel-mounted seat controls, the latter of which is a Mercedes staple.

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The interior is well appointed even in base trim. Standard equipment includes black cloth, but buyers can opt for black or brown nappa leather, as well.

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Infiniti made no mention of price or specific availabilities at its debut.

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The QX30 will launch in several different markets in mid-2016.

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