Next-generation Nissan Z-cars to use Mercedes-Benz engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Nissan has plans to drastically shake up the design of its next-generation Z-car. There's mention of diesel engines and a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, which is sourced as part of its recent tie-up with Daimler.

As part of their deal, Renault-Nissan will supply three and four-cylinder petrol engines and electric technology to Daimler. In exchange, Renault-Nissan will receive four, six and eight-cylinder powerplants.

Reports say that CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to install some of those units in the next Zed to make sure that the car meets the stricter emission standards.

Having more environmentally friendly versions would also entice buyers in Japan's domestic sports car market. Nissan is mulling over three new engines for the Zed.

The first is a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid set-up used in Mercedes-Benz S400 while Nissan may also opt to have its own, similar-sized motor from the forthcoming Infiniti M hybrid. The diesel options that Mercedes is offering are very appealing as well.

There's the V6 from the E350 CDI and the four-cylinder petrol hybrid from the upcoming E300 Bluetec. The E300's combination of 2.2-liter, four-pot turbodiesel and 15kW electric motor delivers a total of 221bhp and over 420lb ft of torque.

The E-class is claimed to return 56mpg while emitting only 109g/km of CO2. Another longer-term option is Mercedes' Diesotto engine, which merges diesel and petrol technology and has enough power for vehicles as large as an S-class from just 1.8 liters.

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