Mercedes-Benz G550 to downsize to a 4.0 L twin turbo V8

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In a recent effort to reduce emissions in the G-Class SUV division, Mercedes-Benz decided to drop the current thirsty 5.5 Liter V8 engine and replace it with a smaller more powerful twin turbo 4.0 Liter V8 all of which was confirmed by Wolf-Dieter Kurz (Head of SUV division at Mercedes-Benz).

The Mercedes-Benz G550 which is also known as the (G500) in other markets will be offered in the U.S. as the 2016 G550 with the upgraded powertrain and probably available in other markets sometime later.

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As for the new 4.0 liter twin turbo engine; It is the same one built by Mercedes-AMG performance division which was revealed earlier in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show last month for the G500 4×4² concept. The good news is, the new engine produces 422 horsepower compared to the bigger older engine which could only produce 382 hp from its 5.5 liters of displacement.

If you happen to live in Dubai like us, chances are that we will be getting the better smaller engine over here with all the nice features offered on this great SUV.

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