Mercedes May Bring Back Straight-Six Engines on Next E-Class

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly developing a new range of in-line six-cylinder engines that will debut on the next-generation E-Class. Straight-six engines had long been a hallmark of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, but in the mid-1990s, these powerplants were discontinued, with V6 units taking their place.

However, according to a report from Autocar, Mercedes-Benz wants to bring them back, with the new engines being part of a new modular powertrain architecture that will also include three- and four-cylinder units. The new engine family is expected to launch in 2016 on the next-generation E-Class (codenamed W213).

There are no details yet about the new inline-six cylinder engines, but Mercedes will probably launch both petrol and diesel variants. What is also uncertain is what will happen to V6 units: they could be replaced by the new straight-six units or the new engines could simply complete the range.

The upcoming C-Class is likely to get the new engine family in 2017 when its first restyling is scheduled. The three-cylinder unit will no doubt be a peculiar presence among the new engines, but the small powerplant is said to offer enough refinement to be worthy of the star brand.

The report says the future E-Class will also debut the “Autobahn Pilot” system, which is an “autonomous driving assistant with an overtaking function”. The technology will be offered on the C-Class as well.

Speaking of the C-Class, the AMG model is said to get a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive.

By Dan Mihalascu


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