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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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Details of new Corsa revealed

The first details of the fourth-generation Vauxhall Corsa have been revealed, including new engines and transmissions that will be available from launch. A 1-liter, three-cylinder Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo will headline the petrol offerings, while a 1.3-liter CDTi, which meets stringent Euro-6 regulations, will be on offer for diesel buyers.

The fresh-to-market 1-liter, three-cylinder engine is the only production triple on the market with a balancer shaft, making it especially smooth and resonance-free and a class benchmark for reduced NVH.

Meeting the latest stringent Euro 6 emissions regulations, the Ecotec will be available with either 90ps or 115ps outputs, each of which achieves 170Nm of torque from just 1,800rpm. While final fuel consumption data will be announced later this year, when combined with a stop/start system, emissions and fuel consumption are expected to be exceptionally low for a petrol engine.

A new version of Vauxhall’s 1.4-liter turbo engine will also launch with the new Corsa. The new unit produces 100ps and 200Nm of torque. Two naturally aspirated petrol engines – a 1.2- and a 1.4-liter – have been revised and adapted to suit the new car. Significant improvements to the current Corsa’s 1.3 CDTi diesel engine have been made to bring it up to Euro 6 emissions standards for the new model.

Two new 6-speed gearboxes – a manual and an automatic – are available, with Vauxhall claiming improved shift quality and greater overall efficiency.

More details of the new Corsa, including full pricing, will be revealed later in the year. The car will be unveiled at the Paris Show from October 4-19.

16 July 2014


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