A partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti has been discussed before, and now, Car and Driver has some new details about what exactly could come from an agreement between the two automakers.

Infiniti will reportedly borrow the new A-Class platform to build its own entry-level luxury hatch, possibly a production version of the Etherea concept (pictured) that we first saw in Geneva earlier this year. C/D asked Nissan VP Andy Palmer why Infiniti would borrow Benz tech when the automaker already had a host of capable Nissan and Renault parts, and the exec explained that it's all about luxury, adding that the hatchback "will need much better torsional rigidity, much better NVH than you would put into a mass brand." We can live with that answer.

Infiniti claims that the compact hatch will feature its own version of the A-Class platform, with engineering that will set it apart from the Mercedes. We're likely to receive a gas engine Stateside, but the European version will likely be powered by diesel fuel. Infiniti still hasn't released timing for its new compact hatch, though we'd guess that something will come to fruition within the next year or so.


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      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it looks sweet, although I do wish they didn't drop the back of the hood section down quite so far. Thing is though, you know the production version won't look nearly as unique as this. They'll make sure to add some beige. Bummer too, I think this is a beautiful expression of a sweet little hatch.
        Gubbins
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        I wouldn't draw any conclusions from the concept--these things have a way of changing substantially when production realities become clear.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another premium small car. Overpriced bore. Yawn.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Another well educated and intelligent comment from our favorite Tea Party humper.
        thepennyracer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        just because i want a car with leather doesn't mean i need an overpriced and overchromed suburban
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yuck.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Nissan would just design a decent compact car, instead of the sentra, they wouldn't have to get something from MB.
      izmirian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Current G25 model has borrowed the engine from MB right? I kinda remember that but not sure. So this is not the first time they are partnering with MB.....
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      all i know is that AMG is tuning some of the infiniti's in the future and maybe make some RWD nissan cars like the maxima just like mercedes made the 300C rwd
        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        Ignorance is bliss. The 300C has a couple Mercedes rear suspension parts and thats it. That platform was developed before the blood ******* nazi's showed up.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AMG THIS
          Still going on about the Nazis? Are you going to plaster swastika bumper stickers on every Mercedes on the road?
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      A-class shared with Nissan. ML and GL shared with Chrysler...Mercedes is quickly becoming the industry bastard child. I called this over a year ago and everyone thought I was nuts. MB cannot survive by making their own engines and individual platform for their low sales volume. Crystal ball tells me they will either develop a group RWD platform with Nissan that can be shortened and stretched from C - S MB's including cross-overs and G - M Infiniti's including their cross overs. The next ML/GL will be Chrysler/Maserati...Nissan has proved they have no clue how to make a truck (Ram Titan)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      AldenBiesen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me a freak but I like Infiniti design, and I wish we had more of these things on our roads. If the dealers weren't so spread out (none near where I live in Belgium) I might even buy one.
      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apparenlty nissan is trying to fugly up the infiniti line up... ugh
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