Mercedes won't go beyond nine-speed gearboxes
Source : Mercedes won't go beyond nine-speed gearboxes
While some other manufacturers continue to develop 10-speed transmissions, Mercedes says This specific will stick with its nine-speed automatic
Mercedes does not plan to go beyond nine gears in its automatic gearboxes, a senior engineer has revealed.
Mercedes, meanwhile, intends to offer no more than nine gears, according to Marcus Sommer, Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system engineer. He said the firm has run 81 billion different computer simulations for gearbox scenarios in addition to also also believes nine speeds work best.
Mercedes’ nine-speed auto will be being introduced across the range, including on the brand new GLS. The GLS 63 AMG still uses the old seven-speed ’box, although the nine-speeder will replace This specific. The firm has no plans to offer a more potent GLS 65 AMG type, though.
Plug-in hybrid tech will also have to wait until the next-gen GLS, due in 2018, because housing the powertrain through the GLE 500e would certainly require removing the third row of seats.
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