We already had reason to believe that the next generation of the Infiniti G is poised to add a few new variants, including a diesel model, thanks to recent Nissan trademark filings. But now our spy shooters have caught some Infiniti development mules out in the wild, cars they say sounded like diesels.
There's not too much that can be seen in these photos, as the mule uses a modified current-gen body. But the car definitely looks like it has a wider track, which could point to the next G being a bit larger (or at least meaning it's not going to shrink). We can also see two extra air intakes in the front bumper, just under the grille.
The photographers tell us that the cars were snapped near a Mercedes-Benz test facility in Northern Sweden, leading us to assume that a diesel G is likely to be powered by an engine developed out of the Daimler-Renault-Nissan partnership that was announced two years ago.
A redesigned Infiniti G37 will arrive in the spring of 2013.
It will likely use engines built in partnership with Mercedes.
Both turbocharged and hybrid drivetrains are possible.
SANTA MONICA, California — A high-level Nissan executive confirmed to Inside Line that the next-generation G37 will arrive in the spring of 2013. During discussions of various Infiniti products, Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan and Infiniti's Global Business Unit, said "the new G will arrive a year from now."
Palmer did not provide any further details on the specific redesign, but he did note that Nissan's new engine building partnership with Mercedes-Benz was quickly getting up to speed. The initial plan is to build 4-cylinder engines for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but don't be surprised to see that same engine reconfigured for use in a base model G in place of the current small-displacement V6.
Although Palmer made no mention of it, the next-generation G37 may also get a hybrid drivetrain. Infiniti already offers a hybrid setup in its midsize M35h, so the next G could easily adopt the same V6/electric motor system with high-performance results.
When asked about whether Nissan is looking into turbocharging its V6 engines, Palmer noted that "everybody is looking to deliver V8 power with V6 efficiency, so turbocharging often makes sense."
Inside Line says: Given that nearly all of the G's direct competitors have received recent redesigns, the next-generation G can't come soon enough for Infiniti.
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