Sources revealed that Infiniti’s small car project is on course to be previewed by a concept at the Geneva motor show next spring. According to Autocar, it is believed that Nissan’s luxury division is preparing a stylish three-door, which combines coupé cues with some hatchback practicality similar to Mercedes’ soon-to-be-discontinued CLC.
It is also probably going to be based on a front-drive platform sourced from the next-gen A-class as part of a link-up between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance. The sources said that the Geneva show will witness an early sighting of the car, which Infiniti considers a vital model as it has set a goal to penetrate western Europe.
The production form, which will be “close” to the concept, is set to be unveiled next autumn, at either the Frankfurt or Tokyo motor show. The source said that the concept will be “pretty special, and pretty different.” He described the concept to be small car but will be unexpected.
It is understood that Infiniti designers working at the firm’s studio near Paddington in London are responsible for the styling.
On the other hand, the new diesel-powered Infiniti M30d will account for about 55 percent of the model’s sales across western Europe. However, the company admits that this figure could go as high as 80 percent in some markets. Infiniti is expecting sales of 2,000 units in Europe next year.
Unveiled at 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Infiniti M30d (2011 model) is the first Infiniti M model powered by a diesel engine. Serving as core of the 2011 M30d is a fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V6 piezo-injection diesel engine that can deliver up to 235 bhp of output and up to 406 lb.-ft. of torque. It emits under 200 grams of carbon dioxide per km.
The 2011 Infiniti M30d can sprint from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.9 second and reach a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h. Its fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 37.7 mpg (7.5 l/100 km). On a full tank -- a capacity of 80 liters – the M30d can travel up to 800 miles.
The new Infiniti M30d comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission. It also comes standard with bi-Xenon lights, 10-way power front seats, reversing camera, parking sensors and heated steering wheel. It also features a hard disk drive (HDD) sound system, and Infiniti’s new Drive Mode Selector.
Five grades are available for the new 2011 Infiniti M30d in the United Kingdom-- M30d (base), M30d GT, M30d S, M30d GT Premium and M30d S Premium.