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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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Renault reveals engine plan

In an effort to become the cleanest car maker in Europe, Renault has unveiled powertrain plans that will see the French car maker drastically cut its CO2 output in the next three years.

The first part of the strategy will focus on the development of a new generation of turbocharged IC engines, as well as automatic transmissions. On the gasoline side, Renault will push forward with its downsized TCe technology, with a new family of engines that will range from 900cc to 1.2-liters in size. Engine Technology International has learnt that the new TCe units will be available in three- and four-cylinder form with power outputs ranging from 90bhp to 115bhp. According to a Renault spokesperson, the new TCe engines will emit less than 100g of CO2 per km.

To cater for the diesel segment, Renault engineers are working on a new 1.6-liter dCi engine that will have a power output of 130bhp. Due in 2011 – and co-developed with Nissan – the new dCi will emit 25g/km of CO2 less than that of the current 1.9-liter diesel offering.

The second part to Renault’s emissions-reduction plan focuses of all-electric vehicles, which when launched in 2012, will have power outputs ranging from 70bhp through to 140bhp.

20 March 2009


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