Infiniti’s baby model with Mercedes-Benz engine will be at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 7, 2011

Sources in Japan said that the upcoming baby model from Infiniti will be powered by a turbocharged Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder motor. Set to debut at the Geneva auto show, the new car is said to be a small, premium, coupé-like three-door hatchback. It has a concept similar to the Mercedes CLC but its styling cues are from the earlier Essence concept.

According to sources, the production model is expected to be based on a new Renault-Nissan small platform that will support the next Mégane as well. However, there are reports that Infiniti struggled to find a small, efficient powerplant for the car that can still lead to a performance that matches the brand’s ‘keen driving’ values.

The focus is now on Mercedes’ 1.8-litre CGI turbocharged unit (designation DE18LA), a motor that became available due to the recent tech-sharing deal between Daimler and Renault-Nissan, says Autocar.

This unit, which is the final version of the M271 family, delivers 201bhp in its highest state of tune but its CO2 emissions level is at 178g/km in a C-class.

Under the deal, Mercedes is able to access Renault-Nissan’s electric systems and global infrastructure, as well as its small-capacity petrol engines.

The interests of the French-Japanese firm are in larger motors and diesel and hybrid technology. Cleaner Mercedes motors are believed to be the solution to fast-racking compliance with Europe’s increasingly stricter CO2 emissions regulations.

But then, the Merc influence to Infiniti is expected to extend beyond the small car. According to rumors, the firm may also be able to access the next-gen S-class platform for a larger model, fitting it with Nissan’s V6 petrol-hybrid powertrain.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

After seeing spy shots only last year, what we thought was the new Meriva MPV turned out to be something else entirely. Opel welcomes the new Crossland X, its newest...
by - January 19, 2017
The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has...
by - January 18, 2017
McLaren has officially confirmed the arrival of the second generation of its Super Series. No, McLaren hasn’t unveiled the next-gen Super Series, but it has confirmed that it will take...
by - January 6, 2017
Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the...
by - January 6, 2017
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Avio had its premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show together with the Lamborghini Centenario. The special edition vehicle will only be available in 250...
by - March 15, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries