New reports are coming in implying that Infiniti is developing a new compact crossover off a Daimler platform specifically for the European market. This is contrary to older reports that it is considering the use of Mercedes-Benz powertrain in future models. The French publication L'Automobile said that the Daimler-Renault-Nissan alliance would enable Nissan to design a smaller CUV for Europe.
The vehicle, which is named as the "DX" will be slotted under Infiniti's current small crossover, the EX, enabling the brand to target BMW's X1 and the forthcoming Audi Q3.
L'Automobile says that it's possible that the crossover would ride on the same underpinnings as Mercedes-Benz's A- and B-Class vehicles. Infiniti is believed to either approach Daimler for a four-cylinder engine for the Euro-only model or it could turn to parent Nissan for an economic engine.
To date, the Alliance has confirmed platform sharing to proceed only with its small cars. It's probable that a certain design will be shared by the next-generation Smart ForTwo, ForFour, and the Renault Twingo.
If the DX does get produced, it will be considered as an indication that Nissan is concerned about marketing the Infiniti brand in Europe. Recently, the brand started installing turbo-diesel V-6 engines into its Euro-spec EX and FX crossovers. The new M that will be launched abroad is likely to receive the same engines.
Infiniti added that it is likely to introduce a premium compact car, which will rival the BMW 1 Series, Lexus CT200h, and Audi A3.
This model is expected to be launched years from now but it's believed that it will be fitted with some components or designs that originated in Germany. [via automobilemagazine]