Mercedes-Benz has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reserve the ‘8 G-Tronic’ name for use on “automobiles and parts thereof.”
Mercedes uses the G-Tronic name to denote its automatic transmissions, having previously introduced the 7 G-Tronic and more recently the 9 G-Tronic. It appears the automaker would now like to bridge the gap between the two transmissions with an eight-speed unit, though it’s not clear in which vehicle it will be used.
This is a very recent patent, with Mercedes only making the filing on August 10th, 2017. The application has been accepted by the USPTO and will be processed in the coming months.
The filing could be an indication that Mercedes will debut a vehicle with an eight-speed automatic shortly. The automaker’s nine-speed 9 G-Tronic transmission has replaced the seven-cog unit in many of its cars for 2018, but the eight-speed could be used in sportier or small car applications It’s also possible that Mercedes would simply like to reserve the 8 G-Tronic name just in case and has no concrete plans to implement it on a production car.
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