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.
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.