Back in March, Infiniti announced that it would be adding a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder to its Q50 line for European and Chinese buyers. Now, we know where that engine will be built.

Nissan's Decherd, TN facility will receive the $319-million investment, which will see a separate, dedicated line for the Infiniti engines. According to Automotive News, this is more than a line running alongside the Nissan operations – the Infiniti facility will sport its own unique architecture and interior lighting, in a bid to distinguish the premium line from its mass-market parent company.

The logistics of all this do seem, on the surface, quite screwy. Building a new engine on one continent for a car built on another that will eventually go on sale on a third doesn't seem too bright, although there is a catch here. The new engine will also find its way into the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which will kick off production in Vance, AL later this year.

Even with the Mercedes angle, though, the move to build a Euro-exclusive engine in Tennessee does strike us as strange. Then again, and as AN points out, this move could point to Q50 production eventually moving to Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico facility, which has the capacity for additional production.

As of right now, the Infiniti facility will employ 400 people and be capable of producing 250,000 engines per year. The new 2.0T produces 211 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. With those power figures and the capacity at Decherd, we can't help but think that Infiniti is planning on offering this engine in the US market sooner rather than later.


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      Ted
      • 6 Months Ago
      That's one way to increase the value of a German car...Put a Japanese Motor in it
      Not me
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is what's wrong with the stupid naming scheme....a 2.0 just feels wrong in anything named Q50
      Bernard
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why not make it diesel if it's for Europe and China?
        Ben Meng
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Unlike Europe, diesel engine is extremely not welcomed in Chinese market. Diesel is frequently in short of supply in some part of China due to industrial demand. No premium car buyers is willing to line up and fight with heavy trucks for refueling in gas station.
          Bernard
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ben Meng
          Interesting, I wonder how that dynamic will affect the auto market. Thanks.
      Matt
      • 6 Months Ago
      2 liter DI turbo engines are definitely the sweet spot for sporty passenger cars right now; lots of low end torque, enough power to have some fun without so much that you'll end up in jail, upwards of 40MPG highway if you go easy on the throttle, etc. The only problem is the sound, but you can't have everything.
      Joey Franklin
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is the motor they need to put in the IDx Nismo also, by using it in the Q50 and Q30 along with the C Class that should make it common enough for some tuners to work with.
      Tyler
      • 6 Months Ago
      Of course they're going to be offering this motor in the US in the future. The new QX50 and upcoming Q30 will be using this powerplant for sure.
      Julio B
      • 6 Months Ago
      The logistics seem screwy but not that uncommon. Jeep builds the diesel engine for the exported Wrangler but doesn't sell it here in the US.
      nlt624@aol.com
      • 6 Months Ago
      They'd be stupid to not offer this in the United States!!
      summazooma
      • 6 Months Ago
      The bigger question is what else is this engine going into... it's not being built in Tennessee for a japanese built Infiniti; it's there for NAFTA-built products, probably much higher volumes than the Infinitis... like Altima and Sentra. Yes, not FR like the Infiniti but the basic engine platform will support both and it makes sense to have a center of excellence for production (like Honda's Anna plant is for their V6 family).