Nissan’s premium Infiniti division has announced it’s preparing to introduce a brand new family of gasoline-burning engines that will be more powerful and more efficient than the mills that currently power its mid-range cars.
The yet-unnamed engine family is being designed entirely in-house by Infiniti engineers, a first in the brand’s 26-year long history. Technical details are still vague at best, but Australian website Motoring believes the family will be primarily made up of V6 units that will replace the Nissan-derived 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter six-cylinders that Infiniti uses today. The new mills will power a long list of sedans, coupes, and SUVs including the Q50, the QX60, the Q70, the QX70, and the upcoming Q60 Coupe. Additionally, they might find their way under the hood of select Nissan-badged models in North America and abroad.
Matthew Davis, Infiniti’s global director of product and brand communications, told Motoring that most members of the new engine family will be compatible with fuel-saving technologies such as hybrid systems and forced induction. The engines will also be much smaller than the units they’re designed to replace.
Unsurprisingly, Davis hinted that the new family of engines will not include a V8. Buyers looking for a big-bore Infiniti aren’t out of luck quite yet, though, because the carmaker will continue to tweak the 5.6-liter eight-cylinder that’s found under the hood of the massive QX80. A more sport-focused evolution of the mill might even make its way under the hood of a hot-rodded Q60 Coupe aimed right at the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.
Further details about Infiniti’s new lineup of engines are expected to emerge in the weeks leading up to next January’s Detroit Motor Show. The first Infinitis equipped with the next-gen engines are scheduled to land in showrooms halfway through next year.
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