December 29, 2003
Mercedes to show diesel-hybrid production version of Vision Grand Sports Tourer
Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will unveil a diesel hybrid production version of its Vision Grand Sports Tourer at the North American International Auto Show in January 2004, the company announced.
First unveiled as a concept in 2002, the Grand Sports Tourer is a tall “luxury touring” wagon with six individual seats.
The production version will have a new diesel hybrid powertrain consisting of a 250 horsepower V8 diesel engine and a 50 kilowatt electric motor. With 234 kW of total power and 860 Nm of torque available, the Vision Grand Sports Tourer can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds, says the company.
In European fuel consumption testing, the Vision Grand Sports Tourer used about 20 percent less fuel than a comparable diesel model.
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