A nine-speed automatic transmission introduced in Germany in the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec is likely to reach the local E-Class range in 2014.
As reported by the UK's Autocar, Mercedes-Benz quietly replaced the current seven-speed auto with the new 9G-Tronic gearbox as standard equipment in the 185kW/620Nm twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel-powered E350 BlueTec.2
The nine-speed transmission will reportedly be available as an option in the UK from 2014, and is also expected to take over from the seven-speed unit across the facelifted E-Class range in Australia in late 2014.
Whether the gearbox features in other models such as the new S-Class will depend on which powertrains the transmission can support, but given it will likely transfer the E300 BlueTec Hybrid’s combined diesel-electric output of 169kW and 780Nm, its flexibility seems assured.
Another E-Class update reported by Autocar includes the E220 BlueEfficiency Edition trading its six-speed auto for the 7G-Tronic unit to the benefit of fuel consumption and CO2 figures, as well as EU6 emission compliance.