There are reports spreading around automotive circles that Infiniti is currently working on a compact crossover that will be using a Daimler platform. The vehicle is specifically being groomed for the European market.
L’Automobile, a French publication, reported that an alliance between Daimler, Nissan, and Renault will pave the way for the Japanese car brand to create a more compact CUV for their market in Europe. The project is codenamed “DX” and will be positioned under the current EX. This enables the brand to meet headon the likes of the X1 from BMW and the Q3 from Audi.
Moreover, L’Automobile reports that the DX crossover will use the platform being used by the A and B-class of Mercedes-Benz. Infiniti might negotiate with Daimler for a 4-cylinder engine to fit into their Euro-only model. Another option is for Nissan to provide a more economic powerplant.
The alliance of car manufacturers has been sharing platforms to produce smaller vehicles. It is highly possible that the next Smart For Two, the Renault Twingo, and the ForFour will be sharing some design elements.
The production of the DX will spell the concern of the Japanese car brand for their market in Europe. Nissan recently used V6 engines for their FX and EX crossovers which are configured for the European consumers. The next gen M will get the same engine when it launches.
Infiniti is also cooking a compact car to compete in the premium segment. This vehicle is expected to rival the CT200h from Lexus, the Audi A3, and the 1 Series of BMW. It will still take a few more years for the release of this one but there is a loud buzz that the compact car will sport designs and components coming from Germany.
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