The auto industry is increasingly leaning towards small turbo engines, and following that trend, Mercedes may be getting ready to get rid of its E550 model, in favor of an E400 that would be powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine.
The new E400 model is expected to arrive in the U.S. by fall of next year as a model year 2015 vehicle with 330 hp and about 350 lb-ft of torque. It should be available in rear- and all-wheel-drive setups.
The current E550 uses a 4.6-liter V8 rated at 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, meaning that if it is cut, the top of the line non-AMG E-Class will lose about 60 hp. The AMG model will remain as a proper range topper, running with a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 550 hp and 531 lb-ft.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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