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    Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz Working On A New Vehicle Architecture

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      Infiniti and Mercedes sitting in a tree, w-o-r-k-i-n-g on a new platform

    Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz are working on a new vehicle architecture that will underpin four new vehicles, including a new crossover. This information comes courtesy of Johan de Nysschen, the head of Infiniti who was speaking to Bloomberg at the Detroit Auto Show. de Nysschen did not talk about whether the new architecture will be front/all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, and how many of those new vehicles would be Infiniti and/or Mercedes-Benz. de Nysschen did say is that first model with this new architecture will appear in 2017.

    Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Let the Speculation Begin. :D

    I can see this as a compact luxury class model for the two companies with FWD/AWD options. A competitor for Infiniti to compete against Buick and MB to fight against Cadillac once they have an Encore class version of a CUV.

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      2018
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      6,735
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      17,567
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      7,492
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    • 1 moron did not vote for Derek Jeter!!!  How pathetic. Anyway... Another Expo in the hall of fame!!!  Colorado or Montreal?  I hope its the Montreal Expos jersey he and the League will choose!!!  But Ill understand if its the Rockies.    The 2nd Canadian in Cooperstown!!!   Larry, in my world, you were THE man rather than THAT machine way back when...
    • What's more  blasphemous? A Porsche  with a Subaru boxer 6 swap?        (I googled  quickly and I saw a handful of  944s,  one 911 and even 1 Beetle with a Subie swap) A Corvair with a Porsche engine swap? A 911 with an LS swap? A front engine conversion Corvair?   I personally think all those swaps are awesome.  They all make sense and just augment the aura of the car in question that much more.  OK...an LS swap is no longer unique. One could say its cliché at this point.  But sometimes, an LS swap just makes sense. A 911 with an LS swap just magnifies the 911's characteristics that much more.   ( A turbo 911 (993),  is a beast, and AWD helps calm the beast down, but an LS swapped 993 without AWD just augments that beast mode times a million...and the LS is more or less the same external size as that Porsche 6 with the turbos making a tad more power but that much more torque.   A hater will only see Chevy small block V8 rather than see that the "personality" of the 911 with a LS is the same as a turbo 993 911, but with more chest hair...) The only one I have a problem with is a front engined conversion of a Corvair.  That messes with the Corvair's original intent.  It augments nothing. It changes everything.  So....to get to a point, tying this thread of it being about an EV Subie.  I dont think an electric Subie WRX STi changes what a WRX STi is all about with enthusiasts.  An EV Subie WRX STi with 4 motors like that Rivian truck, but tuned and softwared to be a rally race car for the street, like it is now actually, more or less, rather than offroad/wildlife life style truck is good by me.       
    • There have been some STI powered Porsche swaps.  
    • I thought S and X were always free and the 3 was "come and go" with offering it. 
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