The Magnificent 19

Nedzad August 23, 2007


Mercedes-Benz’s director of corporate communications, Geoff Day, announced a great event for the upcoming Frankfurt auto show: Mercedes-Benz will be introducing 19 cars in 15 minutes.

These won’t all be new cars, with probably a mix of concepts and updates, but Mercedes-Benz intends to make a big splash this year. We expect to see some sort of hybrid in the mix, although we couldn’t pin him down on the details. The most firm information we got was the previously leaked F700 concept, rumored to be a big luxury car, which will feature the DiesOtto engine.

The F700 draws its name, and possibly some details, from the F500 concept launched at the 2003 Tokyo auto show. The F500 showed off a hybrid diesel powertrain, which hasn’t made it into a production car, and a night vision system, which we saw in the 2007 CL550. Although no other details on the F700 are available, Mercedes-Benz has released full information about the DiesOtto engine. This engine, in its current incarnation, is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that works like a diesel but burns gasoline. It uses spark plugs to get the burn cycle started, and then switches them off, relying on compression for light and medium loads. Mercedes-Benz makes some dramatic claims for the engine’s efficiency. This engine is supposed to produce 238 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque, numbers that no four-cylinder gas engine of this displacement currently achieves. Even better, the engine would get 39.2 miles per gallon while producing low nitrogen oxide emissions. Impressive numbers, and even more impressive when you consider this mileage is supposed to be achieved when the engine is pushing a car the size of an S-class.
Impressive, isn’t it?

Comments (6)

  1. Really hope the new c class goes well for MB.Stylewise, the BMW 3 Series is not a patch on it!

    Lets face it, MB will always be the quintessential German car brand.

  2. Hey Matt,

    That is actually my first priority, to take good pictures and get as much info as possible. I’ve been really busy lately, I haven’t even posted the pictures I took from last weekend when I visited the Mercedes Museum.

    Next week, I will be attending the DTM race at Nuerborgring, should be fun. I’ve also gotten VIP tickets, so I’ll be able to visit the DTM teams and hopefully take some pictures with the drivers, especially with Mika of course.

  3. Enjoy the show ! 2008 will be the year that MB is having the most facelifts in the history of the brand.

    By the way, about the eyes of the W212, they may be finally come in one single piece, very nice. So all the current computer generated pictures would be wrong. Nothing is really finalized yet though, but at least internal feedback is better.

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