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Published on June 3rd, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Next Nissan Z-Car To Get Mercedes Diesel Power?

A few weeks ago, Daimler announced it would be making a strategic alliance with Renault-Nissan to share engines and car platforms. It seems like a pretty good match; Mercedes is well known for its reliable and fuel efficient diesel engines, and Renault-Nissan is making a big push into the electric car department.

So just what kind of crazy cars might we see out of this alliance? If AutoCar is right, the next Nissan performance Z-car could be powered by a Mercedes diesel engine. Say what?

I’ve always been a fan of Nissan’s Z-cars. I even owned a 240SX back in the day (which in my opinion was better than the complicated 300ZX). Datsun Z-cars were some of the first performance vehicles in America from a Japanese company, and they were mighty fine cars. Today’s Nissan 370Z does more, with less, its 3.7 liter V6 engine pumping out over 300 horsepower.

Renault-Nissan has promised to provide Mercedes with 3-and-4 cylinder engines… of which there are none in Mercedes’ lineup (lest you count Smart). Mercedes will in turn provide larger six and eight-cylinder engines, as well as diesels, for the Renault-Nissan lineup. This opens a slew of options for the 370Z car, which is due to be replaced in a few years anyway. Could the next Z-car have a diesel engine?

I’ve often touted the mucho amounts of torque diesel engines can make. And a diesel-powered sports car would be perfect for the coming mileage crunch. 400 horsepower and 40 mpg? Yes, please. Even so, perhaps a hybrid Z-car would make more sense? Or maybe even a turbocharged four-banger?

Source: AutoCar


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • http://www.musconetcong.com Bill Leavens

    Oh be still, my beating heart! Lo these many years I have longed for the torque and frugality of a diesel in my beloved Frontier pickemup. IF YOU GUYS AT NISSAN ARE READING THIS, STUFF A LITTLE TURBO DIESEL IN THE FRONTIER AND LAY WASTE TO A LARGE AND GROWING MARKET SEGMENT. Do it before Suzuki figures it out and does exactly that. With YOUR truck. Little trucks are all about driving fun and utility. Diesels are all about driving fun and utility. The world is waiting for you guys to make a move.

  • http://www.musconetcong.com Bill Leavens

    Oh be still, my beating heart! Lo these many years I have longed for the torque and frugality of a diesel in my beloved Frontier pickemup. IF YOU GUYS AT NISSAN ARE READING THIS, STUFF A LITTLE TURBO DIESEL IN THE FRONTIER AND LAY WASTE TO A LARGE AND GROWING MARKET SEGMENT. Do it before Suzuki figures it out and does exactly that. With YOUR truck. Little trucks are all about driving fun and utility. Diesels are all about driving fun and utility. The world is waiting for you guys to make a move.

    • http://Web sack morris

      dear sir, nissan do pick up with diesel engines for central america, an is the same version of Frontier, but in this moment they change the name of frontier to NAVARA, they put a 2.5l with direct injection and commom rail, this car many years in central america.
      for america not sale diesel engine only gas with 4 cil and 6 six.
      regards

  • http://www.pickuptrucksjunction.com Chevy Pickup Trucks

    The diesel would be awesome! Mercedes right now is regarded as the premier engine builder in the world. Mercedes just went through the trouble of redesigning their V6s so I doubt they’d go to Nissan for one.

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