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Old 02-06-2011, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Baby Infiniti gets Merc power

Infiniti’s forthcoming baby model is set to get power from a turbocharged Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder motor, according to sources in Japan.

The new car, scheduled to make its debut at the Geneva show next month, is said to be a small, premium, coupé-like three-door hatchback, similar in concept to the Mercedes CLC but taking styling cues from the earlier Essence concept.

Sources say the production model is likely to be based on a new Renault-Nissan small platform that will also support the next Mégane. But Infiniti is said to have been struggling to find a small, efficient powerplant for the car that can still give it performance to match the brand’s ‘keen driving’ values.

Its attention has now turned to Mercedes’ 1.8-litre CGI turbocharged unit (designation DE18LA), a motor that has become available due to the recent tech-sharing agreement between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. The final version of the M271 family, this unit produces 201bhp in its highest state of tune, but emits a respectable 178g/km in a C-class.

As part of the deal, Mercedes gets access to Renault-Nissan’s electric systems and global infrastructure, plus its small-capacity petrol engines. The French-Japanese firm’s interests are in larger motors and diesel and hybrid technology. It sees cleaner Mercedes motors as a fast-track to compliance with Europe’s ever-tightening CO2 emissions regulations.

Infiniti’s Merc influence isn’t likely to stop with the small car. Rumours suggest the firm could also access the next-gen S-class platform for a larger model, equipping it with Nissan’s V6 petrol-hybrid powertrain.

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Old 02-06-2011, 09:13 AM   #2
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will we get it here
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:16 AM   #3
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bat mobile look with 22's, brembos, and performance tires and a long hood packed with.... 1.8L and 200 hp. laughable. the car looks way faster than it actually is.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:24 AM   #4
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And why isn't the old SR20DET any better than this outsourced engine?
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:09 AM   #5
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And why isn't the old SR20DET any better than this outsourced engine?
probably concerns with emissions and mpg.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:01 AM   #6
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...interesting article. I bet the reliability/depreciation of MB will follow this engine to Infiniti as well? (hint of sarcasm)
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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there is nothing baby about that car it looks bigger than the g37.
Are they showing the concept car or production model at Geneva?
whats the estimated price for the car?

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Old 02-06-2011, 12:36 PM   #8
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You guys commenting on size obviously missed this quote:

"taking styling cues from the earlier Essence concept."

That is the Essence concept. Not the car they're actually looking to produce.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:50 PM   #9
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:49 PM   #10
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That concept looks a lot like the Fisker Karma.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:33 PM   #11
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This plan sounds like a bunch of fail.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:55 PM   #12
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The 1.6L from the Juke isn't good enough?
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:28 PM   #13
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Probably should be combined with this one.

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Old 02-08-2011, 08:17 PM   #14
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And why isn't the old SR20DET any better than this outsourced engine?
That's the first thing that came to my mind too!! Nissan has a lot of experience with Turbo motors so why turn to Merc?
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