The Infiniti Q30 crossover hatchback will be engineered by Mercedes, the firm which will also provide the model's platform

Mercedes-Benz engineers will develop the new British-built Infiniti Q30 crossover hatch to production, in an effort to speed the model to market.

"This is a quick program and Infiniti needs a new model in Europe fast," says Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen.

The Q30 is based on Mercedes’ new front-drive MFA platform, which underpins the new A-class.

"We will set the specifications and parameters and Mercedes will engineer the car. It is their platform," added de Nysschen.

The Q30 will be engineered for production in double-quick time, taking just 18 months from design freeze to production start.

Effectively Infiniti is contracting out the engineering development to a third-party to ease the demands on its own engineering teams.

Although Infiniti didn’t discuss powertrains in the new model, it is highly likely that engines will be carry-over Mercedes units, themselves co-developed with Renault-Nissan under the joint development project with Mercedes.

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10 March 2014
.. This all looks like it gearing up for Daimler to move for Nissan/Renault .. Twingo using and co developing smart platform! Renault small capacity engines fettled and used in A class Infiniti models developed by Mercedes.. All makes Renault can definitely help Merc with front drive small fun vehicles!

10 March 2014
Just as long as Renault don't develop the next A class, every Megane that i can remember has been mediocre at best

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10 March 2014
I hope Mercedes-Benz do a better job with Infiniti's Q30 than they did with their own A-Class. Just read a What Car? group test (A-Class against the Audi A3, Mazda 3 and Peugeot 308). It came last by quite some margin! Not many cars get just 2 stars, yet the A-Class managed it.

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