The Infiniti Q50 will be offered in a new entry-level four-cylinder model for the 2016 model year.
In hopes of lowering the price point for its Q50 to better compete with other entry-level luxury sedans, Infiniti will offer a Q50 model equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will slot under the current 3.7-liter V6 offering. Another reason for the move is for fuel economy and emissions reasons, as a V6 is currently the only engine option.
Hopefully this model fares better than the G25 of the last generation, which didn’t quite succeed as a more affordable G sedan product, quickly getting the axe. Although the company hasn’t revealed full details on the powertrain for the U.S., it will likely be the same model already on sale in Europe and China. The 2.0-liter engine is sourced from Mercedes-Benz and features 211 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, but there’s a chance it could see a slight bump in performance for the U.S. market.
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Expect the Q30 to also be equipped with the same 2.0L powerplant when it hits the market in late spring or early summer 2016.
Infiniti also announced other changes for its 2016 model lineup, confirming that no Q60 will be produced and that the new 2017 Q60 will be available late next year. As for the 2016 Infiniti QX60, details on that model will be announced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show before heading to dealerships in spring 2016.
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