Q50 To Find 2.0-Liter Turbo Under Hood

Infiniti announced it will add a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine in the Q50 premium sports sedan.

Infiniti held the engine’s world premiere at the Guangzhou Motor Show November 21.

The new four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine will extend the Q50 powertrain options which currently include, depending on market availability, a 3.7-liter gasoline, a 3.5-liter hybrid and a 2.2-liter, four cylinder turbo-diesel to be launched in Europe this autumn.

Infiniti said the new gasoline engine will first be available to Chinese customers during spring 2014 before being made available in other markets.

The new four-cylinder turbo-charged engine uses direct injection with Piezo injectors to provide a power output of 211 horsepower while meeting the rigorous Euro 5 emission standards, per Infiniti. The engine also generates 236 pound-feet of torque from 1250 rpm for flexible and efficient driving.

Infiniti explained the new engine is the result of the company’s collaboration agreement with Daimler AG. As with the 2.2-liter direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine destined for Europe, the gasoline version has been modified by Infiniti engineering teams to ensure engine response is in line with Infiniti’s brand characteristics.

The addition of the new turbo-charged engine further underlines Infiniti’s strategy, said the company, to expand its product offerings overall as well as tailoring its model range to local customer requirements.

During the next five years, Infiniti said it will increase its vehicle portfolio by 60 percent and more than double the number of its powertrains.

Infiniti added the world premiere of the new powertrain in Guangzhou also underlines Infiniti’s commitment to China, the world’s fastest growing premium automotive market.

A long wheelbase version of both the Q50 and the QX50 crossover, specifically designed for Chinese customers, will be built at the Xiangyang plant in the Hubei Province; production is earmarked to begin in 2014.Infiniti has not yet released official fuel consumption ratings for the Q50 equipped with the new 2.0-liter engine.