Infiniti will add three new smaller models to its range over the next three years, including an Audi A3 rival, an entry-level SUV and an electric hatch based on the Nissan Leaf.
The A3 rival will become the firm’s volume seller in Europe. It will be spun off the next front-drive Mercedes A-class platform as part of the recent tie-up between Renault/Nissan and Daimler. This platform could also spawn the small SUV, according to well-placed Infiniti sources.
The Nissan Leaf-based electric hatchback will be confirmed “in the very near future”, according to another source. Nissan is keen to have an electric Infiniti based on the Leaf in order to see more of a return on its hefty investment in developing the Leaf’s platform and battery technology. Infiniti’s Leaf will be almost identical to its parent firm’s car, asides from exterior and interior styling changes.
More immediate benefits to Infiniti in the Daimler tie-up could also be in the offing, according to sources. Infiniti engineers are currently looking into the possibilty of models using Mercedes sourced four cylinder diesel and petrol engines.