Turmoil at Infiniti. The brand makes good use of the MFA2 platform from Mercedes-Benz today, but that won’t happen again for future compact Infiniti models of the brand. Still, in the long term Infiniti will share again a platform with Mercedes for a sporty EV.
If we take a look at the latest crop of Infiniti models, we see the Q30 and QX30, a compact crossover built on the MFA2 plaform of Mercedes-Benz. Yes, that is the same base used by the A-Class, CLA and GLA. But, according to Autocar, a possible successor to the Q and QX30 will not be made on that basis anymore.
The decision has nothing to do with a difficult relationship between Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti. It all comes down to Infiniti’s VC-T engine, a revolutionary bloc with variable compression ratio, a powertrain that is simply incompatible with the Daimler platform. In the future other platforms could still be shared between the two brands, according to Infiniti.
The cooperation between Nissan-Infiniti and Daimler, of course, continues. A new fruit of the partnership will be a sporty EV developed with Nissan. It is still uncertain what form the car will take exactly when it appears on the market, sometimes in 2018 or 2019. In 2012, Infiniti hinted with the LE Concept at the arrival of an electric car. This study model shared its technical base with the Nissan Leaf.