2016 Infiniti Q50 Adds 2.0-liter Turbo-Four Engine for U.S.
Will be same Mercedes-Benz engine used in European Q50.
Falling in line with its compact luxury sedan competition, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 will offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to slot in below the current V-6 model. The four-cylinder Q50 will go on sale at the beginning of next year, and Infiniti also says that all versions of the Q50 will receive other changes for the new model year.
Though Infiniti hasn't yet provided specifics on this engine, the 2.0-liter turbo engine going under the hood is most likely the same Mercedes-Benz unit that powers European and Asian-market versions (pictured) of the Q50. As part of its partnership with Daimler, Nissan already builds this four-cylinder engine under license at its plant in Decherd, Tennessee for the global Q50 and the Alabama-built Mercedes-Benz C-Class, so it makes sense that this engine will be added to the U.S. Infiniti Q50 lineup.
In the C-Class, the four-cylinder makes 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, so we can expect similar numbers for the Q50 with this engine. It's likely to use the same seven-speed automatic transmission, too, with both rear- and all-wheel drive versions offered. The 2016 Infiniti Q50 with the four-cylinder will also surely start at a lower price point than the current Q50 which comes standard with a 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 at a starting price of $38,055 with destination.
As far as other changes to the 2016 Infiniti Q50, we expect a minor facelift for this model which originally debuted in 2013 as a 2014 model. Stay tuned for more information on the updated luxury sedan that will officially debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show.