Infiniti adds turbo petrol engine for Q50

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 22, 2014

The luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan, Infiniti, has added a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine to its recently launched Q50 compact executive sedan to complement the existing 2.2-litre turbodiesel and 3.5-litre petrol / hybrid V6 units.

Codenamed M 274 DE 20 AL, and developed by Mercedes-Benz for use in its latest generation C-Class, the newcomer develops 155 kW at 5 550 rpm and 350 N.m of torque from between 1 250 and 3 500 rpm. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Infiniti claims a 0-100 km/h sprint of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 242 km/h, with a combined fuel consumption of 7.0-litres / 100 km and CO2 emissions of 162 g/km.

Available in two trim levels, the entry level Premium comes in at R430 000, R31 000 more than the base 2.2d, and features amongst others auto on/off headlights, auto-levelling headlight with daytime running lights, heated front seats, a six speaker sound system with USB / iPod / aux input, Bluetooth audio streaming, reverse camera, dual seven and eight inch LCD touch screens with voice recognition, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rain sensing wipers, hill-assist control and 17-inch run-flat alloy wheels

Priced at R477 000, the Sport adds heated electric mirrors, auto-levelling LED headlights with daytime running lights, sports front bumper, aluminium pedals and front door sills, electric rake / reach steering column, electrically heated front sport seats with memory function, tyre pressure monitoring system, Infiniti I-key smart access and 18-inch run-flat alloy wheels.

A five year / 100 000 km maintenance plan and warranty are standard on both models.