NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The 2016 Infiniti Q50 compact luxury sedan, featuring a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, arrives at Infiniti dealerships early next year, following a debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
There are two versions of the new V6 engine. The standard version is rated at 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the high-output version delivers 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Shoppers in this category will note a major improvement over the 328-hp 3.7-liter V6 in the 2015 Q50.
The new V6 engine will be showcased in a new performance model called the Q50 Red Sport 400.
This model also features an adaptive suspension and staggered 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Also available on the Q50 is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 208 hp. The base Q50 engine is sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The smaller engine is designed to make the Q50 more competitive against the Cadillac ATS and BMW 3 Series.
This engine will feature a fuel-saving stop-start system. The EPA has not rated the 2016 Q50.
The 2016 Q50 hybrid is equipped with a carryover 3.5-liter V6 engine, electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. Total system output is pegged at 360 hp.
All 2016 Q50 powertrains are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Infiniti Q50 models with the 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine or the hybrid powertrain can be equipped with optional Direct Adaptive Steering. Infiniti said improvements to the system include more customization options.
A new Premium Plus package, which is available on all Q50 models, adds a long list of items, including voice recognition, heated front seats and steering wheel and Infiniti InTouch with navigation.
Pricing on the 2016 Q50 has not been announced.
Key Q50 rivals include the Audi A4 and Lexus IS.
Edmunds says: The 2016 Q50 is a key part of the Infiniti renaissance and should be a significant showroom draw, especially with the impressive engine roster.