Infiniti is working on downsized aluminum engines

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 12, 2014

A family of aluminum engines boasting of more horsepower is in the works at Infiniti. The engines – which will be offered within two year in Infiniti’s higher end cars – will feature a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that will be paired with an electric hybrid-drive system, resulting to 550hp of output.

Officials at the carmaker refer to the engine family as “downsized,” which means that will be smaller than the current ones but will provide more power. Francois Goupil de Bouille, vice president for Infiniti’s operations in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, quipped that the new powerplants are being developed in-house, separate from Nissan Motor Co.’s product-sharing deal with Daimler AG.

De Bouille was at the Paris Motor Show to unveil the Q80 Inspiration Concept car which future production version would be powered by one of the downsized engines that Infiniti is currently developing. Infiniti has said in a statement a new hybrid engine in a full-size car could return around 42.8 mpg.

Infiniti’s move to develop engines in-house shows a different road it has taken compared to Nissan. The luxury car brand, however, will still use engines developed by Daimler, as part of the German carmaker’s partnership with Nissan.

Daimler and Nissan this summer opened an engine site in Decherd, Tenn. that will soon produce a new family of downsized powerplants to be fitted into vehicle built by Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz.

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