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Infiniti's Merc-powered QX30 SUV spotted

2015-04-23 08:45

NEXT INFINITI SUV: Infiniti's QX30 compact SUV will be powered by Mercedes-Benz two-litre petrol and diesel engines. Image: Automedia

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The luxurious Infiniti QX80 in South Africa will offer motorists in the large SUV segment a new alternative and with its price tag of R1.2-million it's a player in the big leagues.

BERLIN, Germany - Infiniti's QX30 compact SUV was spotted by spy photographers. The new SUV will be built for global markets at Nissan's factory in England alongside its Q30 hatchback sibling.

Production of the Q30 hatchback – targeted for European markets – will begin in mid-2015 with the QX30 SUV’s output to start shortly after.

The QX30 will compete against the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The Q30 and QX30 will share a platform and engines with the Mercedes A-class and GLA models.

COMPACT RANGE

Infinity chairman Andy Palmer said: "We are using Mercedes' MFA (Modular Front Architecture) vehicle architecture, as well as its two-litre petrol and diesel engines."

Palmer said Infiniti had considered developing its own platform for its compact range, but opted to use Mercedes’s MFA .

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Palmer added: "When you buy into premium, the platform needs to be stiffer, the suspension needs to be better, the NVH (noise-vibration-harshness) needs to be better and that’s where we came to the agreement that we would use the MFA platform.”

The Infiniti models' use of Mercedes engines was another reason to pick the Mercedes platform, Palmer said.

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