Infiniti is hard at work engineering a luxury hatchback for 2014, and it appears that the Japanese automaker is close to picking a final design. Dutch site Autoweek.nl reports that there are three designs on the table, and one will be chosen in January. That likely means that we won't see the production hatch any time soon, but a fall showing in Paris or Los Angeles is a possibility.

The January time frame doesn't leave a lot of time for engineering Etherea-based hatch, but keep in mind that the compact Infiniti will be based on the front-drive Mercedes-Benz A-Class platform. This engineering partnership will enable Infiniti to focus its collective energy on creating a unique design inside and out.

Information about the powertrains of the Infiniti hatch are scarce, but reports that a hybrid could be part of the equation. We're guessing that a diesel is out of the question for the U.S., but a turbo-four or maybe even the 2.5-liter V6 from the G25 could be in the works.


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do all Infiniti designers smoke the wacky weed before going into the studio?
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        Smoke weed, get drunk, drop some zannies, they do it all before picking up a pencil. And they don't use rulers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
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      chirowolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a 2003 G35 coupe and loved it. Very good car. But what is up with the new styling direction. Has Honda, Toyota, and Infiniti gotten together to make ugly cars. I wanted sooo much to buy another Infiniti, but there latest cars do not inspire. Was hoping they would come out with something like the Essence concept. guess it was only a styling mule.
      MikeInNC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interested to see what the production version will look like. I like the general idea and hope in its final form it won't be overly expensive. I have a G37 right now and it's been a fantastic daily driver but would love the option to drop the rear seats and toss a bike in the back.
      Jack Williams
      • 3 Years Ago
      With a light up grill they could call it the Sable-san
      • 3 Years Ago
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      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Voluptuous in an unsexy way. When I see this design, I imagine humping a mound of fat. Voluptuous in an unsexy way. ._.
      Erik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loved the looks, but not the general blandness of my G37S. This, this I would not love under any circumstances. The finalized will almost certainly not look like this...it can't.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      hopefully the mileage will improve...the current range of cars has pretty poor mpg figures compared to BMW or Audi, even with the 2.5 V6.
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