Mercedes Power Motivates New Baby Infiniti

Emmanuel P February 7, 2011

The Mercedes-Benz – Renault-Nissan collaboration has resulted in the DE18LA engine being used for the upcoming baby Infiniti. The DE18LA is a turbocharged 1.8 liter inline four that produces around 200 horsepower.

The new Infiniti is slated to be introduced at the Geneva motor show next month. In keeping with the Infiniti name, the car will be a small premium luxury three-door coupe, with styling cues borrowed from the Essence concept car. Industry sources revealed that the production model may be based on a Renault-Nissan platform that will be shared with the Megane. In turn, Mercedes will get to use Renault-Nissan’s small-capacity engines and electric systems. Nissan went to Mercedes-Benz for this Infiniti’s engine to fast-track its compliance with tightening European emission controls. As used in the C-Class, the DE18LA emits but just 178 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Infiniti’s Mercedes collaboration may also include the upcoming S-class platform for use on a bigger Infiniti model which would in turn use an in-house hybrid V6.

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