A new report from Germany sheds valuable light on the family of new modular engines that will be revealed in a few weeks by the next generation of Mercedes-Benz E Class.
Expected to power almost every car in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the new modular engines will expand to include three-, four- and six-cylinder engines that will all split a long list of components due to the fact that they will all feature a cylinder capacity of 500 cubic centimeters. Basically, engineers at Mercedes-Benz can attach a cylinder to the 1.5-liter three-pot to transform it into a 2.0 liter four-banger, and they can adjoin three extra cylinders to make a 3.0 liter straight-six.
Understandably, the Mercedes-Benz E Class will not be provided with the above-mentioned three-cylinder engine. Rather, the entry-level E200 model powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder made to pump 184 horsepower.
Those who want more will be requested to step up to the first straight-six engine in almost 20 years by Mercedes-Benz. The 3.0 liter unit will create 333 horsepower in the E400 and 367 horsepower in the E450 AMG Sport.
The present 3.0 liter V6 will carry on for a bit longer, however, rumours point to the fact that it will be replaced by a 2.9 liter oil-burning straight-six in time in the E’s production run.
The next Mercedes-Benz E Class will be revealed to the public next January at the Detroit Motor Show. It is predicted to land in US showrooms in time for the 2017 model year.