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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.

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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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AMG looks to better efficiency

The acclaimed 6.3-liter V8 that won two gongs at this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards, including best Performance Engine, was the first engine that AMG developed in house. However, AMG’s head of engine and powertrain development, Friedrich Eichler, has admitted that it’s unlikely his division will “go it alone” for future powertrain development.

Above: AMG will work more closely with Mercedes when it comes to future powertrain development

Speaking to Engine Technology International at the International Engine of the Year Awards 2009, Eichler said, “This was the first engine that was completely developed at AMG without any parts from Mercedes-Benz, but I think for the future, a better strategy will be to work more closely with Mercedes-Benz. That way, we’ll be able to share engineering tasks. Mercedes-Benz has a really big R&D division and we can use this facility for improving our engines. We’ll share parts with them as well.”

And it’s not just managing expenditure that Eichler is focusing on. “We care about emissions and fuel economy – that’s really important for us.” He also admitted that even AMG will start to downsize engines. “The special challenge for the future will be to have great power and torque, but without high fuel consumption and emissions output. In terms of size, we can never say never, but what is important is the number of cylinders. A lot of our customers like V8 and V12 engines, but it’s not necessary to use all the cylinders all the time. We’re working on cylinder deactivation and on an engine with this technology; maybe we’ll have completed this in two years’ time.”

25 June 2009


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