• May 1st 2008 at 2:29PM
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Infiniti is gearing up for its entrance into Europe, but something's missing from its lineup: a small car. With BMW's 1-series being a popular choice for badge-obsessed consumers abroad, Infiniti needs something similar to solidify its place in the luxury hierarchy, but what form it will take is unclear.

According to Autocar, Infiniti insiders are planning to unleash something that aims to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-series, but unnamed sources at Infiniti are quick to point out that the shape will be something entirely different than what's currently being offered by its competitors. The two options, according to Autocar, include a smaller crossover that would slot in below the EX35 or a hardtop convertible. Whatever it looks like, expect the new B-class Infiniti to be revealed sometime in 2010.

[Source: Autocar via JustAuto - Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh gawd...I'm having flashbacks to those horrible G20's. Don't do it Infiniti...just don't. But if you must, please please please do not base it on a Sentra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude, they should just make it look like a tiny G37 convertible.

      A Crossover? To compete with the 1 series coupe and convertible? And the A3? AUDI A3 Compact Hatchback? No this won't work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool....I hope it draws its looks HEAVILY from that voluptuous red wall sculpture that Nissan just unveiled!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hear It will be up to $5 plus by this summer ,

      I say lets make a mid size car that gets 50/80 MPG Call me Crazzy I think something like that would be the thing to go after .
      • 7 Years Ago
      hate to say it, but I don't think this is going to be performance oriented. It's mainly for Europe, which means it'll be going against the 1-series hatch, not the coupe. They're looking for a mass-market car, so as much as we scream for a modern 240SX, it won't happen.

      As for those 2 body styles, I wouldn't see much point in either of them. A crossover smaller than the EX? crossovers aren't selling as well around the world as they are here, are they? As for the hardtop convertible, it would have to be very cheap for it to be relevant (Infiniti has no name recognition in Europe), which defeats the purpose of Infiniti.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why 1-series? It should be sized like the 3-series/IS350/C-class. 1-series is too small for a premium car here in North America.
      • 7 Years Ago
      with them talking the reintroduction of the Silvia. this would be perfect to compete with the 1 series.

      a 4cyl RWD turbo
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wasn't Nissan considering bringing back the Silvia, remember the Urge Concept. How about a modified version of that? Same car but in Infiniti Clothing....Like they usually do.....I'm sure it'll be slightly, if any, proformance modified.

      Competition Bring The Best In Companies!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heck I'd love for every company to have a real 1-Series competitor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      how about a small coupe, or sedan under the G size, based on the shortened 370Z arrangement, with I4 and V6 options.

      Infiniti won't do FWD, they'll leave that to Nissan or Renault.

      I wonder if this will revive the "I" or "J" moniker.

      But definitely not another bogus CUV abomination.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If Infiniti won't do front wheel drive, then they won't do an I4.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, because nobody does a RWD I4, not the 1 series, Genesis Coupe, or anyone. Not even Nissan's own 240SX.

        What the heck would preclude an I4 with RWD?

        Not saying that a V6 would not be an option...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sentra rebadge, solid swing axle and all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My sister-in-law drove something like that called the G20. It was a dog -- the car, not my sister-in-law.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Judging from recent comments here about the Micra, maybe they should tart that up and go for the mini instead?
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