Despite its best efforts, Nissan’s luxury brand hasn’t been able resonate with American consumers with its Q50, with many buyers opting for the 3-Series and other competitors. But that may change with the launch of the new Q50 2.0t option, which will be taking place in March.
The new 2.0t powertrain is a 2.0-liter turbo four engine that makes 200 horsepower and 258 lb/ft. torque, which easily beats out the BMW 320i’s 180 horsepower and 200 lb/ft. torque. However, BMW’s 328i still offers more oomph under the hood, making 240 horses and 255 lb/ft. of torque, also from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
According to Infiniti U.S. regional product manager Anand Patel, the company decided to hold off on releasing a similar low-horsepower engine when its 2.5-liter V6 on the Infiniti G was axed due to the threat of regulatory issues. “We didn’t want to reinvest in that powertrain so we had to go dark for a couple of years…until we got the new 2.0L,” Patel told Ward’s Auto. “That’s really what we needed. Where everybody is going is the downsized turbo.”
Pricing for Infiniti’s 2016 Q50 series has yet to be announced, but the company has promised competitive pricing against the 3-Series, which starts at $33,150 for the 320i.