Infiniti will base its new British-built cross-over hatch, based on the Q30 concept shown at Frankfurt last year, on the front-drive MFA architecture that also underpins the new A-class, B-class and CLA.
"We would take the lead on developing any compact car. It is our platform," said Zetsche.
Infiniti boss Andy Palmer also suggested in an interview at Frankfurt that further Infiniti models might be based on the MFA, understood to refer to a soft-roader based on the jacked-up GLA version of the A-class.
"Too many projects could be a worry for management," he said.