Infiniti Q50 First to Get Motors from Daimler Tie Up

The Infiniti Q50 is going to make its European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and under the hood will be the first result of a powertrain partnership between Renault-Nissan and Daimler AG. 

Technical details won’t be unveiled until the show in March, but it is likely that both a turbo four-cylinder gas engine and a turbo four-diesel engine will be on display. The Q50 is the first Infiniti vehicle to use engines sourced from a Daimler-Nissan/Renault partnership that will also be shared with Mercedes-Benz.

A new plant in Decherd, Tenn. is currently being built to manufacture turbo four-cylinder engines for the Mercedes C-Class. Infiniti’s announcement today that the Q50 is coming to Geneva with “European power” offer strong hints at what will power the car.

Diesel powerplants will also be shared by the brands, although the diesel averse U.S. market might not be the best candidate for that powertrain.

“The Infiniti Q50 is a world-class sports saloon with an engine line-up that will clearly demonstrate its intentions to be a major player within the European premium market,” said Bernard Loire, VP of Infiniti Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Already announced for the car is a 3.7-liter V6 engine sending power the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Q50 will also get a hybrid powertrain that sports a 3.5-liter V6 which makes 354 hp.

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