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Infiniti Teases Mercedes-Powered Coupe Concept

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On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Teases Mercedes-Powered Coupe Concept

Infiniti has teased a new concept it will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Though Infiniti has not supplied an official name for the car, indications are it may be called "Etheria," and will take some styling cues from the curvy Essence concept that Infiniti showed at the 2009 Geneva show.

In a press release, senior vice president Andy Palmer said of the concept: "Infiniti is currently examining concepts for a luxury performance car that will fit below the current G line. Like every Infiniti, it will be completely different to anything currently offered by our rivals.”

While Infiniti is keeping the rest of the details close to its chest, news reports from Motor Trend and Autocar suggest that the Etheria concept will be the first product of a new partnership between Nissan-Renault and Daimler. The Etheria will reportedly use Mercedes 202-horsepower 1.8-liter CGI turbocharged four-cylinder. In return, Nissan-Renault will share its electric systems and small petrol engines with Mercedes. Nissan is also interested in some of Mercedes' larger engines, and diesel and hybrid systems.

As you could probably decipher from the teaser, the car will be a three-door hatch and will borrow some of the flowing styling of the Essence concept (always good news). It will be a B- or C-segment vehicle, and is expected to preview an eventual production model. That model will be the smallest Infiniti ever manufactured.

We'll catch more of this one in another couple weeks.


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