CHOICE ex­panded

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - NEWS -

LO­CAL In­finiti re­tailer, In­spired Mo­tor Sdn Bhd, has con­firmed that the lat­est Q50 model slated for launch in Malaysia next year will come with a new 2.0-litre tur­bocharged en­gine ( pic).

Mak­ing its de­but at last month’s Guangzhou Mo­tor Show, the di­rect in­jec­tion pow­er­plant, now joins the list of engines avail­able for the Q50, which in­cludes the 2.2-litre tur­bod­ieseL, the 3.5litre petrol hy­brid and the range top­ping 3.7-litre petrol V6.

With the Chi­nese mar­ket seen as the world’s fastest grow­ing pre­mium au­to­mo­tive mar­ket, the coun­try will be the first to re­ceive the en­gine, some­time in the se­cond quar­ter of 2014, fol­lowed by the rest of the world.

Power fig­ures for the 1,991cc four-cylin­der en­gine has been rated at 211bhp at 5,500rpm and 320Nm of torque from 1,250 to 3,500rpm.

The en­gine’s high torque, which is avail­able from low en­gine revs, prom­ises flex­i­ble and ef­fi­cient driv­ing.

It also is rated at Euro 5 and is a prod­uct of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween In­finiti and Daim­ler AG.

The Q50 is the first ve­hi­cle in the com­pany’s new line-up and re­flects the lux­ury brand’s core val­ues of se­duc­tive de­sign, pas­sion­ate at­ten­tion to de­tails, pre­ci­sion in fit and fin­ish, ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance and a provoca­tive chal­lenge to the sta­tus quo.

The ve­hi­cle was also de­vel­oped with in­puts from four-time For­mula 1 World Cham­pion Se­bas­tian Vet­tel in his ca­pac­ity as In­finiti’s di­rec­tor of per­for­mance.

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