Quick Note: Mercedes Brings Nine-Speed Automatic to E-Class
July 22, 2013 11:34 AM
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it will gain a combined fuel economy of 53.3 MPG from 51.4 MPG
Mercedes is updating its
with a new nine-speed automatic.
Last weekend, Mercedes-Benz’s German language website configurator revealed that the nine-speed automatic -- known as 9G-Tronic -- will now be standard on the rear-wheel-drive E350 BlueTec. It will replace the seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox, which will now be standard equipment on the E220 BlueEfficiency Edition.
While bringing the 9G-Tronic along won't change the E350 BlueTec’s ability to hit 0-62 MPH in 6.6 seconds, it will gain a combined fuel economy [European rating] of 53.3 MPG (from 51.4 MPG with the 7G-Tronic). This is due to a boost in city MPG from 40.9 to 44.1.
The 9G-Tronic also brings reduced average CO2 emissions from 144g/km to 138g/km.
Back in May, Mercedes said it was aiming for
45 MPG highway
on the new 2014 E250 Bluetec 4Matic diesel sedan. Its 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine uses twin sequential turbochargers for 195 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque.
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RE: Are 9 Gears Really Necessary?
7/23/2013 10:18:15 AM
Disappointing is my comment.
I know that he knows his stuff, but he didn't exhibit it in that article. Amusing, but light on substance and a little misleading.
He didn't talk about overdrive gears or the effect that rpm will have. This ignores at least one of the main reasons for the increasing number of gears. NVH might be another, depending on application, and he chose to ignore that, too.
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