Mercedes developing 9-speed automatic transmission

Mercedes developing 9-speed automatic transmission

According to a new report, Mercedes is upping the ante on its competitors and is developing a nine-speed automatic transmission.

That’s right nine speeds! Named the 9G-Tronic, the gearbox will offer improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions compared to the now dated seven-speed 7G-Tronic. It will be used on large displacement engines and could debut on the upcoming redesigned 2012 S-Class.

Mercedes thinks it’s on to a winner and apparently believes nine gears is the maximum number of ratios that are technically possible. More importantly, the German company thinks consumers won’t be willing to accept a ten-speed unit.

Mercedes has been here before with its 7G-Tronic gearbox which was the first seven-speed automatic transmission when it was introduced in 2003. In recent years, it has been outdone by the new 8-speed ZF transmission used by Audi and BMW.

According to a new report, Mercedes is upping the ante on its competitors and is developing a nine-speed automatic transmission.

That’s right nine speeds! Named the 9G-Tronic, the gearbox will offer improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions compared to the now dated seven-speed 7G-Tronic. It will be used on large displacement engines and could debut on the upcoming redesigned 2012 S-Class.

Mercedes thinks it’s on to a winner and apparently believes nine gears is the maximum number of ratios that are technically possible. More importantly, the German company thinks consumers won’t be willing to accept a ten-speed unit.

Mercedes has been here before with its 7G-Tronic gearbox which was the first seven-speed automatic transmission when it was introduced in 2003. In recent years, it has been outdone by the new 8-speed ZF transmission used by Audi and BMW.

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