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If you believe the rumors dusting up from L'Automobile Magazine, Nissan may be borrowing more than a small engine from Daimler. The French site is reporting that the two companies could be looking into sharing an entire platform in order to create a new Infiniti-badged CUV. If our Google translator is to be believed, the French site claims that Infiniti will be getting its paws on the next Mercedes-Benz A/B Class in order to build a new DX model destined to slot below the current EX.
The move would put Infiniti into the CUV fray with fighters like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 if it came to fruition. Right now, that's a big if. As far as we know, Infiniti hasn't said word one about building a smaller crossover, even if it would help the brand gain traction in the notoriously truck-averse European market, and it already sells the EX, itself a rather smallish entrant (that looks suspiciously like the rendering excerpted at right). L'Automobile Magazine says the move is currently under consideration by both Renault-Nissan and Daimler, but we wouldn't exactly hold our breath for a new pint-sized Infiniti.

[Source: L'Automobile Magazine]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't look like these 2 companies are taking long in sharing their technology.

      I can only imagine in what kind of shape Chrysler would be in today if M-B had a similarly open-policy with them back in the late 90's. We could have gotten some of Chrysler's (formerly) great styling with Mercedes engineering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Infiniti wanted to become the Japanese BMW. They wanted to completely move away from FWD.
      Now what?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Follow BMW's lead and move into FWD. LOL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The A-Class is pretty cool, but I don't see Infiniti being the first to bring a luxury vehicle of this size to market in the US.

      Does anyone else feel like asking "what the hell is going on around here?" after reading that headline though?? It's weird for Infiniti/Nissan to be sharing platforms with Mercedes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is lost in translation. They will most likely build something off the Nissan B platform. It wouldn't be a far stretch to take a Versa and jack it up, throw in a QR25DET worth about 220hp and call it a day.
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      ^ go drive a b class, you'll understand
      • 5 Years Ago
      maybe this will give acura an incentive to bring back an rsx type car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering how the current EX which is built on a much larger platform doesn't have enough rear legroom to support a 2 year old child, I would hate to see what this smaller vehicle would have. Infiniti = form over function

        • 5 Years Ago
        The inside of the EX is smaller than a Fit (EX has less headroom, similar otherwise). The EX is a terrible vehicle from a utility stand point. Its not compelling in any other way either, nor does it sell well, so I don't understand why they'd remotely be interested in making a smaller one.