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Nissan Juke-based Infiniti crossover coming to Beijing

by Ronan Glon

The crossover is one of seven Infiniti models that will be launched across China in 2014.

Infiniti has confirmed it will unveil a compact crossover based on the Nissan Juke at the Beijing Motor Show that will open its doors on April 20th.

The yet-unnamed model was recently previewed by a dark teaser image during a press conference held in Beijing. The teaser image doesn't reveal what the crossover will look like but it suggests it will share the bulk of its sheet metal with the Juke while wearing a brand-specific front fascia.

The crossover is one of seven Infiniti models that will be launched across China in 2014. The other vehicles include crossovers like the QX50, the QX60, the QX70 and a facelifted version of the QX80, as well as two versions of the Q50 sedan. Most models will be built in Nissan's Xiangyang, China, factory in order to avoid the tariffs that the Chinese government slaps on all imported cars.

Infiniti is going to great lengths to catch up to German rivals like Audi and BMW on the lucrative Chinese market. Sales grew by 50 percent last year and skyrocketed by 153 percent in the first quarter of 2014, a sign that the company's efforts are paying off.

Look for full details about Infiniti's Juke-based crossover to emerge in the coming days. Although Infiniti is keeping its lips sealed about the car until its formal debut, we don't expect it to be sold outside of China.