The German automaker is predicting that its new family of four-cylinder engines will match the fuel efficiency offered by BMW‘s new three-cylinder powerplant and ruled out the idea of developing its own three-cylinder engine. The new four-cylinder engines include a 1.2-liter and a 1.5-liter diesel.
As Europe continues to enforce stricter emissions for 2020, automakers in Europe are working hard to find ways to equip their vehicles with more fuel-efficient powerplants. Despite the stricter emissions, Mercedes promises that it’ll continue to offer powerful, big vehicles thanks to plug-in hybrid technology.
In the future, one in four Mercedes models will have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain according to Mercedes-Benz’s head of powertrain strategy Jurgen Doring. In addition, the automaker is looking for ways to continue shedding weight on its vehicles, as much as 14 percent per new module being designed.
[Source: Autocar UK]