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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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Volvo reveals details of XC90 architecture and powertrains

Volvo’s all-new XC90 – which will be revealed at the end of August in Stockholm – will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house. Volvo has also revealed initial powertrain details for the new model.

SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and, after its introduction in the new XC90, will be rolled out across the product range in future.

The flexibility of SPA allows Volvo’s engineers and designers to devise and introduce a wide range of new design features while also improving driveability, whilst also providing opportunities for new safety features, the latest connected car technologies and more interior space.

The new architecture will also change the way Volvo builds cars in the future, by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies – all of differing complexity – to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

The all-new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which, the manufacturer claims, provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. This modular family of 2-liter, four-cylinder engines has several levels of turbocharging to cover the whole range – from high power and torque variants to fuel-efficient versions. The 320ps, T6 supercharged and turbocharged gasoline engine will be offered in the US.

The XC90 T8 twin engine plug-in hybrid combines a 2-liter, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine with an electric motor, and offers both power and clean operation – around 405ps with carbon dioxide emissions of around 60g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

13 August 2014


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