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by Tim Beissmann

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.




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