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The Infiniti Q50 will make its European debut at next month’s 2013 Geneva motor show with engines sourced from Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler.

Infiniti is set to take the wraps off its new Q50 premium mid-sized sedan – fresh from its international debut at the Detroit auto show in January – with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines based on those used to power the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The Infiniti Q50 is expected to benefit from the mid-sized Mercedes’ 1.8-litre petrol and a 2.1-litre diesel powerplants. The former is available with outputs of 135kW/270Nm in the C200 and 150kW/310Nm in the C250, while the latter produces 100kW/330Nm in the C200 CDI and 150kW/500Nm in the C250 CDI.

Vice president for Infiniti Africa, Middle East and Europe, Barnard Loire, said the expanded engine line-up would “clearly demonstrate [Infiniti’s] intentions to be a major player within the European premium market”.

The luxury division of Japanese car maker Nissan, signed a cooperative deal with Daimler last year to use the German powerhouse’s engines.

Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen told CarAdvice last month the decision was made to borrow existing engines rather than develop its own new powerplants because “we are in a hurry”.

“To develop in-house with the turbocharged feature, and the noise, vibration and harshness characteristics that we seek, would just take longer,” de Nysschen said.

The Infiniti Q50 was unveiled in Detroit with two V6 petrol-based drivetrains: a naturally aspirated 245kW/365Nm 3.7-litre and a 264kW 3.5-litre hybrid.

Technical details of the new engine variants will be revealed at Geneva on March 5, ahead of the Infiniti Q50’s Australian launch towards the end of 2013.




  • F1orce

    The VQ37 engine would easily and by far be my pick..

    The Mercedes 4-cyl sound unacceptable level of awful.

    • Passer By

      The hybrid sounds like it will be a weapon!

    • Tex

      According to CarAdvice, the C250 sounded quite nice higher in the revs. To quote; as revs rise quickly there’s a raspy engine note to savour courtesy of that sports exhaust.

      Doesn’t sound awful.

      • Igor

        If F1arce makes a statement then just think the opposite and you’ll be closer to the truth. He has an uncanny ability to twist, butcher and mutilate truth.

      • Zaccy16

        exactly, both those 1.8 turbo 4cyl engines are fantastic great sounding powerplants, much much better than a na v6!

        • F1orce

          The 3.7L V6 (same one in the 370z) would literally blast them two combined.

        • Hung Low

          You are dreaming the V6 is in another league!

  • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

    Maybe its my imagination, but I see a bit of Jaguar, which is not altogether a bad thing.  

    • Hung Low

      I see 90′s Eunos in some of the design cues.

    • Charrick

      Yes, I see a bit of Maserati too. This is quite a looker.

  • Poison_Eagle

    I’m excited about this and the new Lexus IS! This in particular I’m fascinated with the steer by wire, I bet the next 370Z has that too. All these joint ventures are very interesting. Who’d have thought we’d see a Mercedes Kangoo, Mercedes engined Nissans, a rear engined Twingo and BMW diesel engined Toyotas eh? 

  • Noely

    I reckon its not a good news for NISSAN to get less and less Japanese…

  • LN

    Looks like a Nissan Pulsar MkII. Destined to be another Nissan failure