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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.

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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Hyundai reveals new i30 Turbo among enhanced i30 family

Hyundai has introduced a range of enhancements to the i30 range, including the addition of a range-topping i30 Turbo, a performance-oriented model delivering a Nürburgring-tuned 186ps. The complete range has been enhanced with improved engines, a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, safety and comfort features and refreshed exterior design, intended to make Hyundai’s top-selling model even more appealing.

On sale from 2015, the new i30 range boasts improved engine efficiency across the new car’s three body styles: three-door, five-door and Tourer. The new model range offers fuel consumption as low as 3.6l/100km and CO2 emissions as low as 94 g/km.

All engines in the new i30 are Euro 6 compliant, with power outputs ranging from 100ps to 186ps and CO2 emissions from as low as 94g/km.

There are two diesel options – a1.6-liter engine available in two power output versions of 110ps and 136ps. Petrol options consist of a 1.4-liter 100ps version, a 1.6-liter 120ps naturally-aspirated engine, or the new 1.6-liter 186ps Turbo GDI engine.
The 100ps 1.4-liter Gamma engine has been replaced by a newly developed four-cylinder Kappa unit. This 1,352 cc engine is significantly lighter than its predecessor. At only 87kg, the engine’s base weight has been reduced by 14kg, resulting in lower fuel consumption of 5.65l/100km and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

The 1.6-liter diesel and the 1.6-liter petrol GDI engines are also now available with the new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT). This option replaces the previous compact, conventional 6-speed torque-converter automatic and will deliver greater fuel efficiency while at the same time increasing acceleration.

The range-topping Turbo model is powered by a 186ps, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The i30 Turbo has been developed with a focus on sporty driving dynamics and everyday usability. Acceleration to 100km/h is achieved in 8.0 seconds and top speed is 219km/h.

To complement the 28% increase in power and 38% increase in torque (compares with the 1.6 GDI model), the i30 Turbo is fitted with sports suspension tuning, new 18-inch wheels and tires and more direct steering (2.78 turns lock-to-lock).

15 December 2014


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