It looks like the 2020 Infiniti Q50 will ditch one of its engine options, which is the base 2.0-liter turbo – as the early order guides hint. If this is true, then the next-generation of the Q50 will come with only two engine options: a 3.0-liter turbo V6 making 300 horsepower and twin-turbo Red Sport generating 400 horsepower.
The brand’s order guide totally omits the 2.0-liter turbo. We’re not sure, but it seems that Infiniti thinks the 208-hp unit is not interesting enough to be offered anymore. There’s no confirmation or denial regarding the change, although the reality indicates its necessity. Sales for the Q50 have plunged more than 25% and Infiniti’s top-selling models are currently the QX60 and QX80.
Another reason why the change should be made is that the Q50 has a more lovable crossover cousin: the QX50, which packs a 268-hp 2.0-liter VC-Turbo and costs only $1,000 above the 2019 Q50 2.0t PURE ($37,645/$36,645). With the removal of the 2.0t, it will be easier to distinguish between the latter and the former. In addition, it could be better for the Q50 to have fewer options when sales are down.
If the next-gen Q50 will really offer only a V6, it will get closer to the Q60 in terms of equality of options. The Q60 doesn’t have a 2.0-liter engine and only has a V6 that makes either 300 or 400 horsepower. This may also change the price map in Infiniti’s lineup.
The 3.0-liter Q50 is priced from $49,045 or $12,000 more expensive than the 2.0-liter variant. As we know, the QX30 that costs $36,000 has been axed, so this could leave an empty slot at the bottom of Infiniti’s range.
It’s also quite a coincidence that the brand has taken off the lease advertisements for the 2.0-liter Q50 from its website. Customer focus is now shifted to the 3.0-liter variants. Why? You might be a bit surprised to hear the reason. As a matter of fact, these two cars feature an identical lease; but since their residual values differ greatly, they’re offered with $5,299 due at signing followed by a monthly payment of $299 for 39 months. That’s despite an almost $3,000 price gap.