Mercedes-Benz Brings Back Straight-Six Engines
Once regarded as a defining characteristic of Mercedes-Benz, the straight six engine was phased out of the lineup in the 1990s, but the automaker is bringing them back. The first new models to receive the revamped engine will be the 2016 E-Class and 2017 C-Class. Among the renewal of the straight-six engine, Mercedes-Benz is also developing three- and four-cylinder engines based off the larger engine. Not only does the luxury automaker plan to introduce a new line of engines, but new technology as well. The "Autobahn Pilot," an autonomous driving assistant with an overtaking function, according to insiders, will be available on the 2016 E-Class and 2017 C-Class. Sources inside the company have also confirmed a new C-Class AMG model that will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine mated to a seven-ratio Speedshift automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. A nine-speed Speedshift is currently under development and testing, and it isn’t expected to make an appearance until 2017. Mercedes-Benz has jumped on the hybrid bandwagon and will soon introduce a C-Class plug-in hybrid. Currently in its final stages of testing, the new model will receive a CO2 rating of 60g per mile. However, the certification process has yet to be completed. Source: Autocar UK
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