• Jun 19th 2009 at 9:58AM
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According to a report from AutoWeek.nl, Mercedes-Benz is taking a long, hard look at a new three-cylinder engine for its upcoming range of small cars and hybrids. Daimler already offers a 1.0-liter three-banger in the diminutive Smart ForTwo, and this new powerplant would likely be destined for the engine bay of both the next-gen Smart and Mercedes' A-, B- and C-Class vehicles.

In addition to the three-cylinder engine, Thomas Weber, director of group research and car development at Mercedes-Benz, says the German automaker plans to offer a hybrid powertrain option on each of its models – from minicars like the Smart to its line of large luxury sedans and commercial vans. To make that goal a reality, M-B is working to reduce the weight of its hybrid drivetrain by 10%.

The last interesting little nugget from this report is that Mercedes is looking for a partner to help develop this small engine family. We can't help but recall rumors from last month indicating that BMW was working on its own new three-cylinder engine architecture.

[Source: AutoWeek.nl]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The 3-cylinder gas engine in the current-gen smart fortwo is already supplied by a third-party... Mitsubishi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a 1.8L V-Twin like in my motorcycle? Plenty of power and lots of pickup and go, would make that car move quite nicely!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...and get horrible MPG making the entire effort pointless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I assume this is a response to BMW's move to introduce more DI and/or turbocharged I3s and I4s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think these Mercedes should be marketed here in the States as Smart Cars.

      They might sell well.

      Not sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah! POWAH!!! Put that tiny engine in my Merc!

      In all honesty, though, I don't like this. Mercedes is a luxury manufacturer and smart was their attempt at tapping lower price cars and their respective demographic. I can't see this ending well for Mercedes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        kattleox -

        Mercedes (aside from its commercial van/truck business) is a full line auto manufacturer (as is Toyota in Japan and Hyundai in Korea) and has been selling the compact A Class in Europe for more than a decade.

        Mercedes also sells many of their larger models in Europe w/ basic (hardly luxurious) interiors and smaller powerplants that aren't available here, and the E Class is one of the most popular vehicles used as taxis across the pond.

        Btw, Daimler has been searching for a 3rd party to jointly develop small engines ever since Daimler (then DaimlerChrysler) divested itself from its holding of shares in Hyundai.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It may be far fetched, but I wonder if a car like this will one day be wearing an S-Class badge instead of C-Class. Hopefully the car industry can stay ahead of the curve with its technology and won't allow tougher regulations to eventually cut them off at the knees.
      • 6 Years Ago
      3 cylinder? Everyone knows a V8 would get just as good if not better mileage because it doesn't have to work as hard!!! No replacement for displacement!!!! (drags knuckles)

      I just love that argument.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you stupid or something? This isn't even remotely relevant.

        The argument is usually used between v6 vs v8s in sports cars and it is pretty valid there.

        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are times when that argument is true, especially when you actually have a relatively fuel efficient v8 (LS series, 5.7 HEMI). Obviously that argument doesn't apply at all to a car this small, but still you sound bitter about it for some reason so I thought I'd mention it.

        And what does knuckle dragging have to do with anything?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mercedes needs to bring over turbo diesels.
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