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Is Mercedes-Benz Working On An 8-Speed Auto?

Is Mercedes-Benz Working On An 8-Speed Auto?

Mercedes-Benz may be working on an eight-speed automatic transmission. At least, a U.S. trademark filing discovered by AutoGuide suggest the G-Tronic transmission line could be growing.

Simply put, Mercedes-Benz has filed for a trademark for “8 G-Tronic,” implying an eight-speed version of the G-Tronic transmission.

It is worth noting that Stuttgart already offers to versions of the G-Tronic transmission; both a seven-speed and nine-speed. While the seven-speed box is still utilized in a few products, the newer nine-speed has been quickly proliferating their product portfolio.

So far no one knows for sure which Mercedes product would get an eight-speed automatic. Our speculation would yield a new 8G-Tronic transmission for the company’s lineup of upcoming new compact vehicles, such as the A Class sedan and next-generation CLA and GLA vehicles. Right now these products are still using the seven-speed gearbox and could be prime candidates for an additional cog.

There’s also the chance this trademark filing is nothing more than Mercedes protecting others from using their naming scheme. Time will tell!





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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