Friday 22 September 2017

Nissan's Infiniti to launch diesel engine

Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti, is to introduce its first diesel engine, a 3-litre V6 (238bhp).

The new power unit will at first be fitted to the EX and FX crossover models, which will be designated EX30d and FX30d.

Later, it will appear in the company's M luxury saloon, which will be badged M30d.

Diesel engines are considered essential for market success in Europe, with only a few luxury brands such as Rolls Royce and Bentley continuing to avoid them -- although Infiniti's Japanese counterpart, Toyota's luxury marque Lexus, continues to rely mainly on hybrids, except in smaller cars.

Infiniti is almost as old as Lexus but is making a later start in Europe.

It does, though, have the advantage of links with Renault, which has played an important role in developing Infiniti's diesel engine.

In the EX crossover, its vital statistics are: 0-100kmh in 7.9 seconds and 224g/km.

Irish Independent

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