When Nissan launched their stylish Infiniti Q50 back in 2013, they hoped it would be a worthy competitor for the BMW 3-Series or the Mercedes C220.
Since things did not quite go as planned, the company decided to revamp it by making a wide number of improvements, all in preparation for their new Q50 launch, which will take place in March.
The new luxury vehicle is said to be powered by a turbo four engine, with a 2.0-liter capacity, which makes 200 horsepower and 258 lb/ft. torque. With these specifications, it clearly surpasses the BMW 320i, which has a 180 horsepower and 200 lb/ft. torque.
Nevertheless, it still has a worthy competitor in BMW 328i, which has a 240 horsepower and 255 lb/ft. of torque and also a turbo four cylinder engine.
Even though this upgrade represents a major improvement over the old model, not everyone is impressed with the new specifications. George Peterson, a contributor for Forbes believes that Q50’s new power output is weak, compared to other similar vehicles on the market, which offer between 230-240, with some of them even offering 270 horsepower.
According to Infiniti representatives, the basic engine design comes from Daimler, while the systems engineering and accessories were done by Nissan engineers. The engine is being produced in Nissan’s Decherd-based engine plant.
Patrick George from Jalopnik has already tested the new model and he concludes that the 2016 Infiniti Q50 is much closer to the vehicle it should’ve been from the very beginning. All in all, with these improvements in place, it should be interesting to see how things will play out in the near future in terms of the competition between the main luxury brands.
Anand Patel, the regional product manager of Infiniti U.S., explained the company’s decision to hold off on launching a comparable low-horsepower engine when certain regulatory threats forced them to get rid of the 2.5-liter V6 engine on the Infiniti G.
Patel says that the company did not want to put more money into a similar powertrain, and so they decided to take a couple of years and prepare the new 2.0L.
According to the regional product manager, since most people are going for a downsized turbo, that was precisely the element they needed in order to push their product on the market.
As of now, there is no pricing plan available for the 2016 Infiniti Q50, but the company did mention that the costs will be competitive with the BMW 3-Series, which begins at $33,150.
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