Report: Next-generation Nissan Z may get Mercedes powertrain

2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

We will see a lot of sharing going on as a result of the strategic alliance between Renault/Nissan and Daimler AG. Reports suggest that Renault/Nissan will be supplying 3, 4-cylinder gasoline engines and electric-vehicle technology to Daimler, while Daimler will be handing over 4, 6 and 8-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines in return.

Sources say that Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is very keen on installing some of Mercedes-Benz’s engines into the next Z sports coupe to meet tight emissions regulations.

Insiders say that Nissan is considering three new engines for the next Z. First on the list is the 3.5L V6 hybrid used in the Mercedes-Benz S400. Second in line is the V6 diesel from the E350 CDI and the 4-cylinder gasoline hybrid system from the E300 Bluetec. Last but not least, Nissan executives are thinking of using the Mercedes-Benz Diesottoe engine, which brings together diesel and gasoline to power vehicles as large as an S-Class sedan from just 1.8L.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoCar