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Infiniti Q50 2.0L Turbo World Premiere

Infiniti will add a turbocharged two-litre petrol engine to its powertrain portfolio for the Q50 premium sports sedan. The engine had its world premiere at the Guangzhou Motor Show on 21 November.

The new four-cylinder turbo petrol engine will extend the Q50 powertrain options which currently include – depending on market availability – a 3.7-litre petrol, an award-winning 3.5-litre hybrid and a 2.2-litre, four cylinder turbo-diesel to be launched in Europe this autumn.

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The new petrol variant will be available to Chinese customers during spring 2014 before being made available in other markets.

The new four-cylinder turbo-charged engine uses direct injection with precise Piezo injectors to provide a power output of 211bhp while meeting the rigorous Euro 5 emission standards. The engine generates 236 lb/ft of torque from as low as 1250 rpm to allow flexible and efficient driving.

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The new engine is the result of Infiniti’s collaboration agreement with Daimler AG. As with the 2.2-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine destined for Europe, the petrol version has been modified by the Infiniti engineering teams to ensure engine response is in line with Infiniti’s brand characteristics.

The addition of the new turbo-charged engine further underlines Infiniti’s strategy to expand its product offerings overall as well as tailoring its model range to local customer requirements. During the next five years, Infiniti will increase its vehicle portfolio by 60 percent and more than double the number of its powertrains.

The world premiere of the new powertrain in Guangzhou also underlines Infiniti’s commitment to China, the world’s fastest growing premium automotive market. A long wheelbase version of both the Q50 and the QX50 crossover, specifically designed for Chinese customers, will be built at the Xiangyang plant in Hubei Province; production is earmarked to begin in 2014.

Inspired Motor has confirmed that they will be introducing 2.0L turbo petrol engine in Malaysia when they launch in 2014.

Infiniti Q50 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine

Configuration

Four-cylinder, in line, water cooled, forced induction

Capacity

1991cc

Compression ratio

9.8

Bore x stroke

83mm x 92mm

Induction system

Direct injection with Piezo injectors, turbo-charged with intercooler

Power

211 bhp @5500rpm
214 PS @ 5500rpm

Torque

236 lb/ft @ 1250 – 3500rpm
320 Nm @ 1250 – 3500rpm

 

The Infiniti Q50 engine family

Engine

Power

Torque

2.0-litre turbo petrol

211 bhp @ 5500rpm

214 PS @ 5500rpm

236 lb/ft @ 1250 – 3500rpm

320 Nm @ 1250 – 3500rpm

2.2-litre turbo-diesel

168 bhp @ 3200 – 4200rpm

170 PS @ 3200 – 4200rpm

295 lb/ft @ 1600 – 2800rpm

400 Nm @ 1600 – 2800rpm

3.5-litre petrol hybrid

302 bhp @ 6800rpm

306 PS @ 6800rpm

258 lb/ft @ 5000rpm

350 Nm 5000rpm

3.7-litre V6 petrol

328 bhp @ 7000rpm

333 PS @ 7000rpm

269 lb/ft @ 5200rpm

365 Nm @ 5200rpm

 

Infiniti Release First Picture of Q30 Concept Before 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Infiniti has provided a first look at the Q30 Concept which will have its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as the next step in Infiniti’s foray into new premium segments.

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The Infiniti Q30 Concept signals the contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle which will target a new generation of premium customers.  It is set to be unveiled at Infiniti’s press conference, scheduled for 10:15 am CET on September 10 in Hall 5 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Q30 Concept embodies Infiniti’s vision to deliver head-turning design, innovative materials with precise fit and finish and passionate craftsmanship, while provoking a radical shift in the premium compact segment.

The shape of the Infiniti Q30 Concept deliberately challenges categorisation – not a coupe, not a hatch and not a crossover but a fusion of the three body styles. It is designed for younger customers seeking an alternative to traditional premium compact vehicles and open to convention-challenging approaches.

Infiniti is confident this merging of the dynamic design and sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatch and the higher stance of a crossover will resonate with these customers.

The Q30 Concept design language reflects the brand’s vision to deliver new levels of design, materials, fit and finish, craftsmanship and performance. The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, has explored bolder, sensual sculpting and enhanced muscularity with the Q30 Concept as the brand’s design language continues to evolve.

The Q30 Concept signals the next step in an aggressive strategy to extend the Infiniti brand into new premium segments. 

First Infiniti Q50 has been rolled out from Tochigi plant in Japan

Today, the first production model of the Infiniti Q50 has been rolled off the assembly line at the Tochigi production plant. The official off-line ceremony was presided over by Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.

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The Q50 was premiered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in January 2013. The Q50 is the first in the new generation of Infiniti vehicles. It sets fresh benchmarks in the areas of emotive styling, advanced technology and performance.

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Ghosn paid tribute to the production team at Tochigi and underlined their reputation for industry-leading manufacturing expertise.

“Thanks to the skill and constant focus on performance improvement, Tochigi has a global reputation for producing top-quality vehicles. Year after year, Tochigi sets the benchmark for manufacturing quality standards,” he said.

“With the Q50, once again the Tochigi team has showcased their skill and expertise and proven the power of Japanese monozukuri.”

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De Nysschen added that the Q50 was the opening salvo in Infiniti’s new product portfolio under the “Q” naming structure which was launched in December last year.

“The first Infiniti in our new line-up had to reflect the brand’s core values of seductive design, passionate attention to detail, precision in fit and finish, exhilarating performance and a provocative challenge to the status quo. The Q50 certainly does that,” he said.

“This is the first step in the launch of our exciting global expansion plan.”

Three-time Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, played an active role in the testing and evaluation programme of the Q50 in his capacity of Infiniti’s Director of Performance. Vettel will assist in shaping the performance dynamics of Infiniti’s future model line-up. 

“The first Q50 is coming off the line today so congratulations. I am glad I was involved in the development of the Q50 and I wish you a very good ‘birthday’ and success for the future,” he said in a congratulatory video message to the production team at Tochigi.

Striking design, a raft of breakthrough technologies such as Direct Adaptive Steering, and unprecedented levels of craftsmanship and performance are the distinctive qualities of the Q50.

For the Malaysian market, the local distributor – Inspired Motor Sdn Bhd has confirmed that they will be introducing the all new Q50 in Malaysia. Hence, stay updated with us.

Nissan Urvan and Nissan Serena For Infiniti Red Bull Racing at Malaysian F1 GP

As part of domestic hospitality and support, 6 units of Nissan Urvans and 2 units of Nissan Serenas are affixed with Infiniti Red Bull Racing logos to provide the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team transportation support for 8 consecutive days (18th – 25th March 2013) to ferry their equipments and staffs at the F1 Grand Prix in Malaysia.

2013 F1 Malaysia Red Bull Racing Support Vehicles

Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) commented, “We are pleased to offer our Nissan Urvans and Serenas to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team for smooth logistic operations at the Grand Prix in Sepang. This will also support their challenge to compete in the Malaysian Formula One race.”

“We believe the versatility and superior convenience of the Nissan Urvans and Serenas will provide reliable support for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team. We are glad to be able to associate ourselves with their rigorous standards and performance required by Formula One,” he added.

Nissan Urvan for 2013 F1 Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Christian Horner, Team Principal, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, commented, “Our first year of partnership with Nissan LCV has brought significant benefits to our team and demonstrated the value of working with the right commercial vehicle partner. One of the biggest challenges we face is managing the logistically complex operations of transporting people and equipment, and as we head into 2013 we are delighted to keep working with Nissan LCV”.

Malaysian Infiniti Owners Convoy With David Coulthard, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Ambassador

The Malaysia Grand Prix season is back for 2013. Before the race in the second venue starts, Infiniti Red Bull Racing and former F1 driver David Coulthard gave local Infiniti owners a truly special experience today in Kuala Lumpur.

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During the event, the 13-time Formula One Grand Prix winner gave insights into the life of a Formula One driver and took owners closer than ever to Formula One with a sneak peak at the workings behind the scenes of Infiniti Red Bull Racing. He shared his experience in performance driving and the importance of not just speed but precision handling and teamwork to achieve success in Formula One.

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The highlight of the event was the opportunity for Infiniti owners to drive with Coulthard, who personally led a convoy from the Infiniti Center, Bukit Bintang to Cyberview Resort & Spa (Cyberjaya). It was a thrilling moment for Infiniti owners as they also got the opportunity to have their photograph taken alongside the FIA Formula One Constructors’ World Championship Trophy.

Infiniti has been an active participant in Formula One since 2011. Since that inaugural season the technical collaboration with three-time FIA Formula One Constructors’ World Champions has deepened. Infiniti starts the 2013 season as Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of the renamed Infiniti Red Bull Racing with shared engineering expertise and deepened collaboration across people, processes and technologies.

“It is a great way to be associated with the high technology and performance required by the Formula One standards. It was truly an honor to have David Coulthard spend time and share his Formula One experiences with our valued Infiniti owners” said Senior General Manager of Inspired Motor Sdn Bhd, Christopher Tan.

Global Director of Infiniti Formula One, Andreas Sigl commented: “We’ve established a number of workstreams which are already underway to build our technical collaboration across the specific areas of people, processes and technologies. Our aim is to have a team of engineers working with the Formula One programme, helping us bring Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s ways of working and performance expertise to our road car operation. The collaboration will also enable us to bring Formula One-inspired technology to our road cars.”

Photo Gallery: Infiniti Red Bull Racing in Malaysia