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Upcoming Nissan Zed to Employ Mercedes-Benz Powertrains

Gill June 3, 2010

I know being hardcore Mercedes-Benz fans, we hardly discuss other brands. But Nissan’s Z Series cars are a highly acclaimed car with its history and charm spanning across generations. Considering this, the news of collaboration between the Japanese conglomerate and the German Giant is sure to entice automotive industry.

Nissan is gearing up to bring in a drastic shake-up in its next-gen Z-series lineup. According to the sources, the company could go for new engines including a diesel and a four-cylinder hybrid engine. What is more tempting is that these engines will be sourced from Daimler since the two recently entered into a tie-up.

An artist's illustration of next-gen Nissan Zed.

According to the deal, Renault-Nissan will be supplying its electric technology and efficient 3 and 4 cylinder petrol engines to Daimler. In return, Daimler will share its technologically advanced four, six and eight-cylinder engines with Renault-Nissan. Current CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, is expected to put some of these engines in the next generation Z-series so that the car can handle tightening emissions regulations. Greener and efficient engine variants would help the company to attract customers in Japan’s dwindling sports car market.

The three new engines considered for the Zed are:

  • A 3.5-litre V6 hybrid unit installed in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 sedan.
  • One from Mercedes’ diesel Powertrains: The V6 engine from the E350 CDI. The E300 Bluetec’s 4-cylinder petrol hybrid. This 2.2 liter turbo-diesel engine has a 15kW electric motor coupled with the engine pushing the total HP figure to 221bhp and a torque of 420lb ft. Returning 56mpg and spitting just 109g/km of CO2, the engine is a marvel in the new E-Class lineup.
  • Another long-term engine option is Mercedes-Benz’s Diesotto engine. It combines petrol and diesel tech and has the potential to drive cars like an S-class using just 1.8 liters of displacement.

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