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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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Paris powertrain delights

1: Making its motor show debut alongside the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is one of the world’s most fuel-efficient cars: a concept for the new Golf BlueMotion, which boasts a class-leading emissions figure of 85g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption of 88.3mpg. At the heart of the BlueMotion concept is a 1.6-liter 110ps TDI unit from the newly developed EA288 engine series. The four-cylinder 16-valve engine develops its maximum torque of 250Nm from just 1,500rpm up to 2,750rpm.

2: The new SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is not only stunning but it is also the most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time thanks to the four electric motors producing a total output of 750ps and a maximum torque of 1,000Nm! Who said electric powertrains are boring?


3: The new Clio 4 from Renault has an innovative 898cc three-cylinder petrol turbo powertrain that realizes 65.7mpg and 99g/km. Performance is equivalent to that of a normally-aspirated 1.4-liter four cylinder, with 91ps and 135Nm of torque on offer, but is it as good as this year’s International Engine of the Year Award winner, the Ford 1-liter three-cylinder design? We can’t wait to find out.

4: Hyundai has dared to go into the unknown, announcing that it will begin series production of its hydrogen ix35 fuel cell vehicle for public and private lease by the end of 2012, becoming the first global automaker to begin commercial rollout of zero-emissions vehicles. The ix35 fuel cell can be filled with hydrogen in only a few minutes. It accelerates from zero to 62mph in 12.5 seconds, has a top speed of 100mph and can travel 365 miles without refueling.

5: The Paris Motor Show this week was all about the design and style of the Jaguar F-Type, but under the hood of the Big Cat’s Porsche-chaser there’s also plenty to talk about. F-Type is powered by a new 3-liter V6 supercharged petrol engine in 340ps and 380ps outputs, and its 5-liter V8 supercharged petrol producing 495ps. An F-Type V8 S model will reach 60mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186mph.

6: The Lexus LF-CC concept looks good on the outside, but scratch the surface and one will find a new 2.5-liter full hybrid powertrain with CO2 emissions targeted below 100g/km. This powertrain will soon be introduced in the Lexus model range.


7: The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo boasts an innovative plug-in hybrid setup. The high-end family car can be driven at speeds of up to 80mph without the IC engine and to distances of over 18.5 miles. At full system power, there’s 422ps on tap, which means zero to 62mph takes less than six seconds. The NEDC fuel consumption of the parallel full hybrid is 80.5mpg and CO2 emissions fall under 82g/km.

8: The Audi Crosslane Coupé concept showcased a three-cylinder 1.5-liter TFSI engine that combines with two electric motors to deliver 177ps. Audi says the technology makes pure electric propulsion possible at speeds of up to 80mph and for up to 53 miles. Fuel consumption is to the equivalent of 256.8mpg with CO2 of just 26g/km.

9: The BMW Concept Active Tourer also got many talking thanks to its three-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor, generating a combined output of 192ps. The vehicle has an average fuel consumption of less than 113mpg and a CO2 emissions level of under 60g/km. The lithium-ion battery of this plug-in hybrid can be charged at a conventional mains socket and its capacity allows driving ranges of over 18.6 miles when operated on electric power alone.

10: The McLaren P1 hypercar has a mid-engine design that uses a carbon fiber monocoque and roof structure safety cage called MonoCage, and lightweight carbon ‘multi-purpose’ body panels. ETi predicts the P1 will benefit from a highly tuned version of McLaren’s current, critically-acclaimed V8 engine.

28 September 2012


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