The European and Chinese market have had the 2.0-liter turbo four and finally the American market has followed suit.
In a move all too familiar in these days of ever-stricter emissions and efficiency standards, Infiniti is throwing in a smaller engine into its Infiniti Q50 sedan. According to Autoblog earlier today (Aug. 10, 2015) they’ve decided offer the 2.0-liter turbo four for 2016 next to its V6 and hybrid V6 offerings. Infiniti was scarce on words on what exactly thismeans but they’ve said that additional information will become available in the fall. A quick look overseas and power numbers on those Q50’s hover around 211 HP and 236 lb-ft. That’s more than 100 HP difference between Infiniti’s gas engine offerings.
Infiniti shares company with the BMW 320i/328i, Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the Lexus IS 200t which all offer a turbo four-cylinder in one variant or another. Additionally, don’t be surprised if Infiniti decides to up the boost just a bit on the pokey 2.0 to make it a bit more competitive with its competition. With a starting MSRP of $38,055 for it’s V6 variant, hopefully with a less powerful but lighter option, they’ll bring that price down just a bit to make it available to a wider range of buyers.
The 2.0 turbo variant has already made quite an impression on its UK market. Although the engine is willing, the Infiniti’s portly FM chassis really takes away from the driving dynamics. In short, we hope Infiniti release the Q50 with an updated lighter chassis sooner rather than later. Despite the cars performance misgivings, people really do like the styling of this svelte sedan. It’s all about appearance here in the States, so maybe we’ll be more forgiving about how well it handles corners.