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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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New Lexus RX range to feature turbo power

After the world debut of the next-generation RX in New York at the start of April, Lexus has now revealed that its luxury SUV will be available with a 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine.

Presented for the first time at the Shanghai Motor Show, the RX 200t is powered by the in-line four-cylinder engine first deployed in the NX range.

The unit features VVT-iW intelligent/wide variable valve timing, a low-inertia turbocharger and an air-to-liquid intercooler. The target output of the RX is more than 228ps (225bhp). The engine will be matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission with ratios tailored to support strong acceleration from standstill and at overtaking speeds.

“A major point of appeal in the RX 200t is its ability to deliver seamless and continuous acceleration up to mid and high speeds,” says Takayuki Katsuda, chief engineer on the RX.

The new RX will also be available in selected markets with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine, coupled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and producing more than 304ps. The full hybrid version will use an Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V6, together with an electric motor, giving a combined system output of around 304ps. All three powertrains have been engineered for high fuel economy and lower carbon emissions.

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