Secrecy Range Rover Coupe spotted at the «home» Mercedes plantAugust 12, 2016
Prototype Range Rover Sport Coupe Photospies caught in a rather unusual place. Model, passing on manufacturer internal encoding as the L560 «Velar», lit up in the «Home» Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, the largest enterprise of the brand, in force since 1915.
Obviously, the choice of the test grounds is not accidental and it seems that Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz have entered into a partnership in the field of powertrains, which was mentioned in the press recently.
Currently, the German auto giant is completing work on a new unit M256 for the restyled version of the S-Class, that returns company to the configuration with in-line arrangement of six cylinders. By the way, it will happen in the next year.
About Brits also rumored that the first six-cylinder in-line engine will appear in the Ingenium family in 2017 and will replace the current 3.0 V6 Ford’s “epoch”. As a result very similar to that in both cases we are talking about one and the same power unit, and Daimler partnership with the British car industry is not new – remember a similar agreement with Aston Martin.
It is also known that the new power unit will support the “lightweight” hybrid system with starter-generator and regenerative braking energy.
Such system will be able to add another 20 hp to combustion engine, but the electric motor can assist six-cylinder in-line engine only to the strap 2 000 r/min, and, of course, about any purely electric driving mode is out of the question. However, the installation of the power generator will provide fuel savings of 10-15%.