• Feb 9th 2011 at 10:02AM
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Infinti "Etheria" teaser – Click above for high-res image

Compact premium is where it's at these days for luxury automakers, and everyone's getting on board. Audi has the A3, Volvo the C30, BMW the 1 Series, Lexus recently joined the party with the CT 200h, and Mercedes is revamping its A- and B-Class. Infiniti has long been rumored to be working on a challenger of its own, and recently confirmed that it will be unveiled in concept form at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

Unfortunately, little in the way of actual details were released to accompany the silhouette teaser pictured above – and when we say "little," we mean bubkes. The concept is designed to slot in below the G line. That's about it.

Fortunately, Motor Trend has stepped in to fill in some of the blanks, citing inside sources who believe that the car will be a two-door called the Etheria (in concept form anyway, as the production model will likely go alphanumeric to fit into the rest of the range), built atop the Renault Megane/Nissan Tiida platform.

The milestone, however, comes in under the hood, where the Etheria is tipped to carry a 202-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged CGI four sourced from Mercedes-Benz, marking the first tangible application of the industrial partnership formed between parent companies Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. We'll find out soon enough if MT is on the money, so stay tuned.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Megane is C-Platform (Sentra, Rogue, etc.) and the Tiida is B-Platform (Leaf, Juke, Cube, March, Clio), last time I checked.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Versa/Tiida is as large inside as a C-class, and I think it's rather straddling the border between the classes, if there even is such a finely-defined size.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Infinity G is 8-inches longer and 2-inches taller than the BMW 3-series, so Infinity has plenty of room to make something smaller.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care about FWD/RWD... I just want a 6-speed manual and the same or more space inside than my Mazdaspeed 3. BMW not bringing over the 1-series hatch makes me sad, so this could fit the bill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that name sounds more like a STD lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      why do we think this is going to come with a gas engine? anyone notice the parallel between Nissan's electric compact car starting with an E and this car starting with an E? Wasn't infiniti supposed to get an electric car at some point? Wouldn't a compact infiniti be the perfect body for an electric car? Just saying
      • 4 Years Ago
      A CGI four? Who engineered it, George Lucas?

      All kidding aside, I'm a little torn on this. On one hand, we're talking about a 202-hp Versa. On the other hand, it's still a Versa. I guess as long as it's fun to drive, I wouldn't have any complaints.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why the hell would they use an MB engine when they just made the Juke's 1.8L?
      If they do I'm gonna burn the building down .
      • 4 Years Ago
      By the power of Grayskull! I have THE POWER!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's more "for the honor of Grayskull'...
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