Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz have spent the past two years becoming BFFs under the covers of their small cars. In addition to the production version of the Infiniti Etherea using the Mercedes A-Class platform and Nissan making engines for Mercedes in Tennessee, two years ago it was reported that the next Infiniti G would get engines from the German automaker. As the launch draws nearer, a report in Autocar indicates that Mercedes four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines will be under the hood from the beginning.

Infiniti has been investing heavily in growing the brand across the world, especially in Europe. The G range had no four-pot in the lineup, and without that, few buyers would even consider it. Having economical engines right from the start will at least give purchasers a reason to cross-shop the G with the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, its target market. It will need that expanded consideration to move from 2011's 145,000 global sales to the 500,000 sales it seeks in 2016.

If you're wondering why Mercedes would provide engines and know-how to an entry-level luxury car that competes against the 3 Series, one of Mercedes main rivals, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said there's no overlap. "People buying Infiniti or Daimler, they don't cross-shop between the two brands.... We came to the conclusion that Mercedes collaborating with Infiniti will not be hurting each other."


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      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      There was a report from motor trend about the G using the Mercedes diesel engine and then using the M35h hybrid, a VQ37 with direct injection, and a special edition IPL engine twin turbo built in the same plant as the GTR engine. I like the sound of the VQ35 nice NA V6
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awkward
      Dan87951
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes Infiniti reliability... What a disappointment!
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan87951
        Nissan/Infiniti reliability isn't even that good. And Mercedes has made great strides since the mid 1990s.
          sensibility2
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          You are kidding right? You forgot that the reason Infiniti and Lexus gained market share so fast was the MB reliability issues. I know. I used to drive them. May be they have improved now but I wouldn't know. Heck, there are countries out there that won't touch MB with a ten foot pole since they have driven Lexus cars.
      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      laaaaaame.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I thought infinti engines were one of Wards 10 best? Wouldnt you just improve on what you have?
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a downgrade.
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes Infiniti's reliability :/
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      So basically if I want to own a G37, I should buy one NOW before Mercedes screws it up... Mercedes makes a very good car but I too was not impressed AT ALL with how things turned out between them and Chrysler.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I hope this won't be a disaster... Nissan using Chrysler engines of yesteryear...
      Bence
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHY on Earth WHY??? On paper, German engines look good, but for me Japanese powerplants please. Just for the peace of mind & wallet.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bence
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      NoBoost
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they aren't doing away with the VQ37VHR. If you don't know that's their 3.7 6 engine that powers a lot of their vehicles, G37, 370Z, M37, etc. I honestly think that would be a shame because I've heard nothing but good things about it.
        Jameskey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NoBoost
        Best engine series ever (the 35 was also a great engine).
        Tamoor Chaudhry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NoBoost
        Yeah Nissan's VQ engines are fantastic, particular the 35 and 37. Definitely my favorite V6.
        Ken
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NoBoost
        I think they are just looking for a good 4 banger and diesels, not outsource all their engines.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, that worked well for Chrysler.
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