Mercedes-Benz using a six-straight engine
A straight six Mercedes-Benz engine could be reintroduced by the company in the near future. The news comes after BMW considering a V-6 engine in the new M3. Is this a way the company keeping up with their bitter rivals?
If a straight six engine was to be released by the company, it would be a repeat of many years ago as they have used this type of engine before.
The proposed straight six engine layout would mark a radical change among the current line-up of V6 engines. Both the petrol and diesel V6 engines are due to be discontinued over the next four years. The discontinuation would allow room for turbocharged straight six units to be introduced.
It is believed that a straight six Mercedes-Benz engine will go ahead. The company have apparently approved the next generation of engines to be released in 2015. According to some sources, the new generation engines in question will consist of small V8 engines, 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 engines, four cylinder engines to join the straight six engines.
The engine is expected to be powerful enough to power larger vehicles within the Mercedes-Benz range including the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, SUV and Mercedes-Benz E-Class variants. They will be feasible enough to power the smaller variants such the A-Class.
Some sources have doubts about the news. The release of the new Mercedes-Benz engine is unlikely as the German automotive giants have recently released a new 3.5 litre V6 engine along with a twin turbocharged 4.7 litre V8 engine, according to some expert sources. An engine which represents such a radical turnaround adds more substance to claims that the straight six engine will not be released.
In other rumours circulating around, Aston Martin are said to be involved in the project. They reportedly want to invest in straight six engine technology for future models too. However these reports have not been confirmed and are just at rumour stages at the moment.
Some automotive experts have voiced concerns as mentioned. Will there really be a new Mercedes-Benz engine? There may be a more effective way of keeping up with BMW rather than drastically revamped their engine line up.
We will keep you updated on this report as we hear more.