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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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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 


All-new 3.5-liter V6 from Lexus unveiled in Detroit

The Detroit motorshow has seen Lexus introduce an all-new 3.5-litre V6 for the 2017 LS. Said to offer 'high power and excellent fuel efficiency', the engine has been designed to deliver 'V8-levels' of performance, without encroaching on fuel economy or noise and vibration levels.

Lexus has quoted output figures of 415bhp and 600Nm of torque, which represent significant gains compared to the outgoing V8 unit featured in the current LS.

The twin-turbo engine’s design is built around a long stroke and 'optimised' stroke-to-bore ratio, helping the LS post a projected 0 to 62mph acceleration time of 4.5s. Whilst only revealing preliminary details of the engine, Lexus has stated that a ladder frame structure in the cylinder block, redesigned engine mounts, electric waste gates and numerous other features have all contributed toward Lexus' trademark levels of smoothness and refinement.

The driver will be able to tailor powertrain response and feel by selecting Normal to Sport and Sport+ drive modes, with 'just enough' of the exhaust note being audible to enhance a sporty feel.

11 January 2017


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