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by Jay Traugott
In order to take on the benchmark BMW 3 Series, Infiniti's upcoming Q50 will be powered by a Mercedes engine.
We've known for some time that Infiniti's new BMW 3 Series fighter, the Q50, will replace the outgoing and unexciting G sedan. And aside from its striking Zen-like exterior design, the Q50 will also have another surprise, this time under the hood. Infiniti has just announced that the debut of the Q5, due to take place next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, will also be the first example of its new partnership with Daimler AG. In other words, the new Q50 will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine.
No technical details have been released just yet but with styling like this and some good old German engineering and power, this could be the model that Infiniti has long been crying out for. After poaching Audi's US chief Johan de Nysschen to become Infiniti's new President, Nissan has made it quite clear that it fully intends for its luxury brand to step up its game in a big way. The Q50 will only be the first of several new models that Infiniti hopes will draw buyers away from BMW and Audi, and perhaps even Mercedes.