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Infiniti May Build European Crossover on Mercedes-Benz A-Class Platform

We’ve heard Infiniti may be looking to utilize Mercedes-Benz powertrain in future models, but new reports suggest the automaker may craft a new compact crossover off a Daimler platform expressly for the European market.

According to the French publication L’Automobile, the Daimler-Renault-Nissan alliance may enable Nissan to craft a smaller CUV for Europe. Reportedly dubbed the “DX,” the vehicle would slot in beneath Infiniti’s current small crossover — the EX — and allow the brand to target BMW’s X1 and the upcoming Audi Q3.

L’Automobile suggests the crossover could ride on the same underpinnings as Mercedes-Benz’s A- and B-Class vehicles. We wouldn’t be too surprised to see Infiniti tap Daimler for a four-cylinder engine for the Euro-only model, although it could also look to parent Nissan for a thrifty engine. Thus far, the only platform sharing announced as part of the Alliance has involved small cars. It’s more than likely that the next-generation smart fortwo, ForFour, and the Renault Twingo will ultimately share a common architecture.

If the DX comes to fruition, it’ll be a sign that Nissan is finally getting serious about marketing the Infiniti brand in Europe. The brand recently began installing turbo-diesel V-6 engines into its Euro-spec EX and FX crossovers, and will do the same when it launches the new M abroad. Infiniti also revealed it was likely to launch a premium compact car, which would compete against the BMW 1 Series, Lexus CT200h, and Audi A3.

That car is still a few years away, but don’t be too surprised if it incorporates a few components or designs that originated in Germany.

Source: L’Automobile Magazine

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2010 Infiniti EX35

Fair Market Price $17,390 Base RWD
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EPA MPG:

17 City / 24 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 18.6 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/5