Mercedes-Benz is currently developing a new generation of straight six engines that will debut in the 2016 E-Class model.
The German automaker phased out its inline-six engines in the mid-1990s but they will make a return as part of a new modular powertrain architecture that will also develop three- and four-cylinder powerplants. All the new engines are expected to launch in 2016 in the next-generation E-Class sedan.
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The 2017 C-Class is also a likely candidate to receive the new engine family in its 2017 model year as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Also likely to arrive in 2016 is the automaker’s technology called “Autobahn Pilot” in the E-Class with company insiders hinting that the system is an “autonomous driving assistant with an overtaking function.” The technology will also be part of the 2017 C-Class update.
As for the immediate future, sources have confirmed that the new C-Class AMG model will benefit from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a seven-speed Speedshift automatic transmission. Under development by the German automaker is a nine-speed Speedshift transmission that is expected to also make its way to the 2017 C-Class. Lastly, development on a C-Class hybrid model is in its final stages.
[Source: Autocar UK]
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