New London taxi looks old-school, but with low-emission diesel inside

Launched three weeks ago by LTI Vehicles, the next generation of purpose-built London taxis, the TX4, is now available on Edinburgh streets. The TX4 looks like previous generation London taxis, but under the hood and inside the cab there have been some changes. Most interesting for us is the lower-emissions, Euro IV compliant VM turbodiesel engine, which puts out either 211 grams of CO2 per kilometer with a manual transmission version or 233 gm/k with an automatic. Combined mileage numbers are 36.2 (manual) and 32 (automatic).

Cabbie David Hamilton is the first to buy and operate a TX4, and he called it a much better vehicle overall than the cab he used to drive, a TXII. Hamilton says the TX4 rides better, and has increased power even while emitting less CO2 than the TXII.

[Source: LTI]

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