Photo courtesy of Infiniti.

Photo courtesy of Infiniti.

Infiniti introduced its new VC-Turbo compression-ratio engine which features technology that combines the power of a high performance 2.0L turbo gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain—without the equivalent emissions.

Infiniti’s VC-Turbo technology uses a multi-link system to raise or lower the reach of the pistons, detecting the car’s driving condition and driver inputs, and instantly selecting the most suitable compression ratio. The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).

With a development target power output of approximately 200 kW (268 hp /272 ps) and 390 Nm torque, the VC-Turbo engine will be comparable to certain six-cylinder gasoline powertrains for performance, while significantly outperforming them in efficiency. The four-cylinder VC-Turbo engine achieves lower levels of noise and vibration than conventional internal combustion engines, particularly diesel, and is lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable power outputs, according to Infiniti.

The production-ready engine was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.