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Infiniti QX30 is go

CarBuyer Temporary Admin
01/07/2014

 

Infiniti may be a relative latecomer to the automotive scene (in Singapore at least), but the brand is certainly wasting no time in catching up onto its rivals. Its 3 Series-rivalling Q50 sedan is due for launch here any time now, and it will be joined very soon by a compact crossover that will go head-to-head with Mercedes-Benz’s very own GLA.

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Interestingly, the two cars may be closer to each other than you think. You see, Infiniti announced a new tie-up deal with Daimler late last year, which will see the German camaker assist Infiniti with technological knowhow, specifically to help develop models such as the QX30, and the upcoming A-Class-based Q30 premium hatchback. So in essence, the QX30 could become the GLA’s twin, sort of.

Engine and drivetrain details are still sketchy at the moment, but given the co-development status of both the GLA and QX30, expect both cars to at least share some powerplants. What can be confirmed though, according to Infiniti’s Chief Operating Officer Andy Palmer, is that the QX30, and the Q30 hatch, will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland manufacturing plant in the UK, alongside the Nissan Juke and Qashqai.

Production of the QX30 is set to begin at the end of this year, so you could probably expect to see it here by next year at the earliest.

READ MORE: Mercedes-Benz GLA launched in Singapore

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