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Infiniti's initial lineup for Western Europe will consist of just four cars - the G37 sedan and coupe, the EX37 crossover and the recently revealed FX50 premium softroader. The new diesel motor will initially be available in the FX and EX four-wheel drives, according to Automotive News Europe. Engineers are shooting for a goal of 250hp from the new diesel. That number is seen as the entry to competition with the Germans, which dominate the luxury diesel 4WD market.
Before the new motor ends up inside an Infiniti, however, it will face a year of production use in several Renault-Nissan alliance-produced vehicles. Starting in 2009 models from the joint venture will put the diesel through its paces, so any kinks in the design or production process should be well worked out by the time it reaches the Infiniti SUVs.