The new Infiniti Q50 2.0T is expected to make use of the engine that is fitted to the Japanese market Nissan Skyline 200GT-t that was revealed overnight. It is understood the power outputs of the Japanese market Skyline will be very close to those seen in the new Infiniti model.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit sourced from Mercedes-Benz produces 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque - close to the outputs seen in European rivals such as the Audi A4 2.0T Quattro (2.0-litre turbo four, 155kW/350Nm), BMW 328i (2.0-litre turbo four, 180kW/350Nm) and Mercedes-Benz C250 (1.8-litre turbo four, 150kW/310Nm). According to Nissan Japan, the engine is said to offer "exhilarating driving response and powerful acceleration".
Fuel consumption for the new engine, which is fitted with direct injection and stop-start engine technology, is rated at 13.6km/L or 7.3 litres per 100km on the Japanese cycle - notably higher than the A4 (6.8L), C250 (6.8L) and 328i (6.3L).
A spokesman for Infiniti Australia told CarAdvice that the new model is scheduled to arrive locally in the third or fourth quarter of 2014.
Infiniti currently offers the Q50 with a 2.2-litre turbo diesel or 3.5-litre hybrid.