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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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SLK to get award-winning diesel heart?

A top-ranking Mercedes-Benz powertrain engineer has admitted that the German OEM might soon launch a diesel-powered SLK model, following the company’s success at 2009’s International Engine of the Year Awards.

Left: Will new SLK get a diesel engine?

Speaking just moments after collecting the award for the best 2- to 2.5-liter for the all-new 2.1-liter diesel heart that currently powers the new E-Class, Christoph Schmidt-Arnold, head project manager for the new diesel engines, commented, “The Award is a great acknowledgement to the team behind this engine. We’ve been working for four to five years on the program – and this is an engine family with a lot more engine applications to come.

“The displacement will not really change. We’ll probably see power output increase and decrease and also install the engines in other applications, not just passenger cars, but smaller cars and even sporty cars.

“If we look at what’s happening in the market today, Audi has launched a diesel engine in its TT range and it’s doing very well. Now, when we think about putting our 250 [diesel engine] with 500Nm of torque in the SLK, it really becomes a matter of driving pleasure rather than fuel efficiency – there’s a lot of torque and the SLK will go off like a rocket!

“The power and torque of modern diesel engines is just as good as gasoline engines,” he added.

Last year Audi installed a high-tech diesel in the TT, and it’s rumored that BMW will install its new 3-liter diesel in the Z4 next year. 

25 June 2009


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