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 |  May 23 2013, 3:01 PM

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Infiniti is considering an entry-level crossover that would slot below the current EX model and could be based on the Mercedes MFA platform that underpins the new CLA.

The crossover would sport the QX30 moniker if it comes to fruition and would resemble the Etherea concept. Given the Japanese automaker’s new nomenclature, the QX badge would be a fitting for the small crossover, rather than Q30 which was previously reported.

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Now, Mercedes-Benz’s MFA platform will also underpin its upcoming GLA, so it would be a natural fit for Infiniti’s entry-level crossover. It’ll be a relatively high-sitting car with a hatchback and would head to America if it’s produced. Rumor has it that Infiniti plans to build it at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK with a projected 60,000 units a year.

Viable powerplants include the 2.0-liter, turbo-four engine from Mercedes that is used in the CLA. Don’t be surprised if Infiniti tweaks it however, much like it did for the European-spec Q50.

GALLERY: Infiniti Etherea Concept

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[Source: Motor Trend]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004641307477 Luis A. Martinez

    I don’t know why they are so hype with the A class,which is base on a Nissan front drive platform anyway but on Mercedes language is Renault?