Infiniti's New Q50 Sedan Will Get Turbo-4 and a Diesel from Mercedes
Sure, a V6 might sound better, and the diesel might not be so popular in America, but you simply can't sell a car like this without thinking of economy and emissions, not to mention the price of entry into a model range.
Ben Poore head of Infiniti for the Americas has recently told AutoWeek magazine that work on a turbo variant has now begun. It is being developed with Renault-Nissan and Daimler. The engine will reportedly be shared with the Mercedes C-Class.
The funny thing is, the C-Class is not only a rival, but will likely have that engine option when the new model debuts (most likely this year, not in two years time like the Infiniti).
The diesel option for the Q50 will also come from Mercedes and will at first only be available in Europe.
We wanted to shed further light on this subject and searched our news archive for information. Apparently, the brand new W205-generation C-Class will have lots of turbo four-bangers. Both the C200 and C250 will your four-cylinder turbos (probably the same 2.0-liter as the CLA, A- and B-Class). The C200 will have 184 PS, while the C200 will produce 211 PS. Rumor has it there will also be a C300 version of the C-Class, making 252 PS from the same engine block. Now that sounds like our Infiniti engine. As for diesels, Mercedes will probably spoil Infiniti for choice.
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If you build the Q50 like this you WILL sell more cars.
If people want a 6 cyl car they will buy a G37 or a Cadillac CTS